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Party elites may be fine with dynasty candidates, but rank-and-file voters are warier.
Be prepared for a watershed period in American politics.
Instead of living in denial, both parties need to look closely at the other's viewpoint to see what they need to do to succeed.
They have subordinated their traditional focus on helping working-class Americans move up the economic ladder in favor of other priorities.
These are the people who shift the balance to one side or the other, either accepting a policy as reasonable or condemning it as ill-advised or illegitimate.
The fact is that Clinton may be more acceptable as a candidate than she was eight years ago because of her additional layer of experience.
Americans reeling from the economy still resent the policy choices that President Obama and congressional Democrats made early on.