One thing uniting populists on the far right and left is the belief that both Congress and the Obama administration have not done enough to prevent another banking crisis. The largest financial institutions are too big, wield too much power, and are doing too little to restore economic mobility to lower- and middle-class Americans. You could break ‘em up.
This is another issue upon which most Americans agree: The nation’s roads, bridges, airports, and other concrete components of a modern nation are crumbling. You could launch an infrastructure “moon shot,” creating millions of jobs and positioning the nation for another century of dominance.
You should use the singular power of clemency to bring justice to minorities given draconian drug sentences. So far, Obama has shown relatively little mercy. On the other hand, you should cede to Congress powers that both Obama and President George W. Bush abused for war-making, domestic spying, and immigration.
What better way to signal a determination to restore competency to government than to acknowledge flaws in the law itself and its implementation—and then propose reforms? Who is better suited to evolve the Affordable Care Act than the creator of Hillarycare?
A post-internet citizenry, especially young Americans raised in the open spaces of a digitized world, are demanding transparency from all social institutions. Obama understood this when he promised in 2008 to produce the most transparent administration ever, a pledge he recklessly disregarded. You should actually make transparency the default position of the Clinton administration. Require federal officials to immediately disclose documents and other working material (yes, including emails) except for cases in which it can be independently proven beyond reasonable doubt that disclosure would harm the nation. Related: You should aggressively build upon modest steps Obama has taken to encourage crowdsourcing.
In his 1993 inaugural address, your husband said there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. He was right. He also was ahead of his time, because neither the government nor the people of the 1990s had the ability to find and connect problem-solvers. Today, people can connect themselves—and there are millions of examples in which enterprising Americans, particularly millennials, are using technology and grit to solve problems like crime, hunger, illiteracy, and lack of access to the political system. They’re reforming bits of America at a scale that is relatively small and yet historically significant.
You could be the president who helps seed these initiatives, and lets them flower and evolve into new institutions. Maybe even new forms of government. You could begin the work or adapting or destroying the structural impediments to political reform.
Unless, of course, this is just about winning.