Quick impressions on Hillary Clinton's first major speech of her second presidential campaign.
1. She unveiled an impressively long list of domestic policies designed to help Americans buffeted by historic economic change—liberal succor such as government support for child care, preschool, sick leave, income parity, and a higher minimum wage. It sounded like a State of the Union address.
2. After George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008, you'd expect presidential candidates to be careful about making promises they can't and won't keep. Americans' trust in politics, government, and both parties is at record lows. A supermajority of the U.S. public say the state of the union is not good.
3. She spoke emotionally about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who gave Clinton the confidence to push past a lifetime of obstacles and to believe that any goal is possible—even the presidency. Some aides said the biographical touches were designed to restore public trust in Clinton.
4. No speech or even news conference can fix the damage Clinton did to herself by violating White House policies on government email and foreign donations to her family charity. The antidote: Submit her email server to an independent review and return foreign donations to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation.