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While some in the liberal media have been fawning over Hillary Clinton’s campaign, since she officially announced that she was running for president on Sunday, there are some who are unimpressed by her efforts to date.

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman is one of those who sees little difference between this campaign and the one she ran in 2008.

Fineman told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart that Hillary’s problem is that “she was the establishment then and she’s the establishment now,” adding that she’s failed to make any news about the “substance” of her blueprint for the future.

That feeling was echoed by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, who told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Clinton’s video announcement was “substance free,” and that three of her four issues were very boilerplate.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow commented on her show that the first three parts of Clinton’s platform could have been anybody’s—even most of the Republicans who are running against her—though she expects that Clinton will “put meat on those bones” and that they won’t sound like generic political slogans.

Clinton, who thought she was the inevitable candidate in 2008—until Barack Obama proved to be far too deft for her—is trying a different tactic this time around, with her “everyday” people theme and traveling around Iowa in what has been termed as the “Scooby Doo” van.

Yet, as she has been trying to remake her image, she has stuck with a generic platform, as noted above, lacking in specifics.

President Obama said that voters want a “new car smell” candidate in 2016. But in Hillary’s case she’s offering them one that just blows a lot of smoke and pollutes the air.

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