Why would the president try to enact legislation on free community college, grants to selected middle-income households, and tax increases on upper-income earners?
The Atlantic believes that the reason Obama is taking on these challenges is to box in his presumptive successor.
The Atlantic: “Every time the president advances a concept that thrills his party’s liberal base, he creates a dilemma for Hillary Clinton. Does she agree or not?” There is a smaller scope on how she can define herself.
Hillary Clinton comes from the more centrist business wing of the Democratic Party.
The Atlantic: “Whatever her own personal views—still an elusive quantum after all these years in public life—she is identified in the public mind with her husband’s record, her husband’s appointees, and her husband’s donors. Not just in the public mind, but seemingly in the president’s mind, too.
“So as the clock runs down on his administration, he seems determined to set the post-Obama Democratic Party on a more leftward course…”