Last night, Rachel Maddow recapped the record-breaking Democratic presidential debate and examined one key way that Hillary Clinton would be a fundamentally different president than Barack Obama were she to ascend to the highest office in the land. And it has to do with the Republicans.
Maddow pointed out that when asked by debate moderator Anderson Cooper which enemy she was most proud of making over her career, Mrs. Clinton quipped, “Probably the Republicans.” While some pundits counted this as a demerit for Clinton, one thing is certain: her answer does represent a fundamentally different view of governing than that of President Barack Obama.
Obama has suffered political setback after political setback because of his early desire to work with Republicans on major legislative goals. As Rachel points out, the Republicans have been “an unreasonable adversary…to the point of disowning their policies…they want to do nothing with him.” So seeing Republicans as the enemy rather than a reluctant partner “is a stark and important contrast with the way that our current President talks about Republicans.” Maddow added, “This is a very stark signal about a very different approach to governing. This is not the same approach to Republicans that was taken by candidate Barack Obama or President Barack Obama.”
Watch Rachel on Hillary and the barn-burner of a debate, below: