The only way to localize last night's presidential debate is to recall this line from Barack Obama, which goes a long way toward explaining why Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper would sooner Botox those signature chicken lips than support Hillary Clinton, his health-care-wonk enemy:
"What I have said is that the way she approached it back in '93, I think, was wrong in part because she had the view that what's required is simply to fight. And Senator Clinton ended up fighting not just the insurance companies and the drug companies, but also members of her own party. And as a consequence, there were a number of people, like Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Bill Bradley and Pat Moynihan, who were not included in the negotiations. And we had the potential of bringing people together to actually get something done."