Hillary Clinton needs to stop bringing up her husband’s successes like they’re her own
While the final presidential debate has proven itself to be as entertaining and tense as expected (albeit far less theatrical than the last), perhaps one of the most notable moments that bridged the gap was when Hillary Clinton cited her husband’s economic policies while debating the Republican candidate Donald Trump about how they would create jobs and fully pull the economy out of the recession we’ve been wrestling with the past decade. After Trump attacked the current tax rates and his perceptions of Obama’s responsibility in the recession, Clinton defended Obama’s economic policies and emphasized the fact that the current president was saddled with one of America’s worst economic states in years.
Although disputing Trump on matters of Obama’s economic policies is par for the course, as they continued to discuss their plans for the economy Clinton brought up Bill’s economic policies during his term as proof of her savvy. While the Clinton presidency did coincide with great economic growth, Clinton herself has enough political experience to render her husband’s experience unnecessary. This is a woman who essentially developed the original skeleton for Obamacare in 1993; this is the first woman to be elected to the Senate in New York. Yes, obviously her political career is inextricably linked to her husband, but she has a resume with legs of its own.
Again, it makes sense for Clinton to express loyalty to Obama, who is politically parallel and an ally. It also makes sense for her to express loyalty to her husband, who has been both her romantic and political partner for decades. But regardless of your political leanings, at the end of the day, Clinton is the first female presidential candidate, and she 100 percent has the right to yell that from the rooftops through an airhorn while drinking the most expensive whiskey imaginable.
Yes, her husband worked his political magic on the economy, but she has her own set of economic plans that were informed by her 30 years in politics that she deserves to yell about from all the rooftops. This election is complicated and ugly and full of cringe-worthy and dangerous omens we choose to laugh at as a coping mechanism. But if we’re going to receive our first female president in November, she needs to stand for her own policies without the expected reference points of her husband, the current president, or anyone else for that matter. We are ready for her to yell her policies, because whether you’re for or against her, this forced obedience is exhausting.