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Today the United States is on a slow recovery, and President Obama's approval ratings are low. That might suggest that the best course would be for Hillary Clinton to distance herself from her former boss.
But Obama, Obamacare, and other policies of this president are very popular among many Democratic groups.And remember, the three people in her shoes who have won all ran on continuity.
Now, Mrs. Clinton's recent memoir suggests that she has not yet made up her mind as to what course she will follow.The book is a carefully calibrated mixture of praise and criticism, loyalty and voice, such that she can plausibly go in whatever direction she chooses.
The world today is different, and Hillary Clinton is in a unique position, especially if she can truly mobilize women voters. But history does suggest that choosing change or continuity will truly be her hard choice.
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