After Thursday night's debate, I've got a piece of unsolicited advice for Hillary Clinton. Don't use this line again: "Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment."
The problem with the remark is obvious. Clinton does not merely exemplify the establishment. She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, are the Democratic Party establishment. We're in the realm of description, not characterization. That candidate Clinton could deliver her line with a straight face goes to the heart of her trustworthiness problem.
She really believes she can put a line like that over on us?
Just the night before, in the Derry, New Hampshire, town hall, Clinton had explained her motivation for running for president as "the concerns I had about the Republicans taking back the White House, because I think they wrecked what we achieved in the 1990s with 23 million new jobs and incomes going up for everybody. I did not want to see that happen again."