The Corner

Re: Private Cheer, Public Gloom

Yuval, I think you’re right that Brooks is on to something. Indeed, I would argue that those numbers buttress my case that Hillary Clinton is a much weaker general election candidate than many recognize. If voters are happy with their own private lives and merely want government to defend them from big threats,  I would not bet too heavily on the woman who says America can’t afford all her ideas. If Americans are happily cocooning in their families, I wouldn’t bet too heavily on the woman who has declared that America must move beyond the idea that there’s any such thing as someone else’s child. If Americans are disgusted with public corruption and cynical politics, than I would not bet too heavily on anyone named Clinton. 

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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