Perhaps the D's aren't trading notes anymore. Somebody should slip Hill a post-it or something. Everybody knows that in order for a D to become president s/he needs to at least pretend not to be a communist dictator until AFTER the election. It's just a minor timing issue really. Easy mistake to make. Amateurs do it all the time. Just a little cart-before-the-horse problem that can be easily remedied. I can offer a simple formula that can, perhaps, shed a little light on the process.
STEP 1. GET ELECTED
STEP 2. ANNOUNCE GRAND PLAN TO GARNER PEOPLE'S WAGES IN ORDER TO FORCE THEM TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE
You see if you get those steps in the wrong order, people think you are fucking communist idiot.
If you hang your entire election on two concepts:
A. You have the right idea to fix what you claim is a wildly broken health insurance system.
B. You have the right idea to fix an ailing economy.
You should NOT, and I can't seem to figure out a way to emphasize this enough, you should NOT tell everyone that your plan to fix the health insurance system is... drum roll please; make it illegal to not buy health insurance. And do NOT throw in a bonus personal financial penalty for to worry about.
Truly a brilliant plan; I can't wait for the next step when she makes poverty illegal and punishable by a huge fine.
If you want to actually be president just wait a little longer, hold out for just a few more months. And never announce ahead of time your master plan to jam your giant black Stalinist dildo up our collective asses.