Here’s what happens every election cycle: pundits demand that politicians offer the country new ideas.
Then – if and when a candidate actually does propose innovative policies the news media pays little attention – chasing scandals or all too often fake scandals instead.
Remember the extensive coverage last month when Hillary Clinton laid out an ambitious mental health agenda?
Neither do I.
For that matter even the demand for new ideas is highly questionable – since there are plenty of good old ideas that haven’t been put into effect.
Most advanced countries implemented some form of guaranteed health coverage decades if not generations ago.
Does this mean that we should dismiss Obamacare as no big deal since it’s just implementing a tired old agenda?
The 20 million Americans who gained health coverage would beg to differ.
Still there really are some interesting new ideas coming from one of the campaigns and they arguably tell us a lot about how Mrs. Clinton would govern.
Wait — what about the other side?
Aren’t Republicans also offering new ideas?
Well I guess proposing to round up and deport 11 million people counts as a new idea.
And Republicans in Congress seem to have moved past their tradition of proposing tax cuts that deliver most of their benefits to the wealthy.
Now they are instead proposing tax cuts that deliver all of their benefits to the 1 percent — O.K. – actually just 99.6 percent but who’s counting?
Back to Mrs. Clinton.