This is exactly on-point.
Of course, one lesson I learned from last year is that you SHOULD offer magic abs.
Policy details and feasibility don't really matter in campaign.
I actually think Barro's critique here is on point: the entire point of the six-minute abs bit is that you can't have seven-minute abs!
If you're already promising something that is impossible, it's very easy for you to get owned by somebody promising something even better and even more impossible. What are you going to do, call their promise unrealistic? Your promise is also unrealistic!
This is a much better critique of the Republican Party, because this is basically exactly what Trump did to win their primary. Once you abandon any semblance of reasonable policy, you are very vulnerable to a total lunatic coming in and taking over, because you've lost your foremost defense against impossible promises.
This would be unintentionally revealing about Hillary's perspective on what she'd be able to accomplish after getting elected with a GOP Congress, but I tend to think Josh is right that Hillary just didn't understand the movie.
Can somebody answer me why Sanders was the only real contender against Clinton? Why weren't more Dems interested in trying to be the new POTUS?
Because they thought Hillary would be a great president and wanted her to win.
Is there really someone who wants Hillary's take on why she got completely owned by Trump?
I'm interested in reading it. Probably not in discussing it on GAF!