During her post-Iowa caucus speech last night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, “I am a progressive….who gets things done for people.” As I watched Clinton’s speech, that line stuck with me, because I’m having a hard time figuring out where she stands.
After all it was just a few months ago (back in September 2015) that Clinton announced she was an unapologetic “moderate and center” candidate.
Hillary Clinton confessed Thursday to something liberals have long suspected: being a moderate Democrat.
“You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center,” Clinton told the audience at a Women for Hillary event in Ohio. “I plead guilty.”
The line is new for Clinton, who spent a large portion of her early campaign casting herself as a liberal fighter who has been progressive for her entire life. To many on the left, those lines never really rang true.
“I take a backseat to no one,” Clinton told a New Hampshire audience in July, “When you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.”
I understand that Clinton is now attempting to take up the progressive mantle in an attempt to avoid being outflanked by Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, but this latest turn by Hillary Clinton back towards being a progressive is yet another example of her willingness to be a political chameleon in order to win an election.