So Greg Sargent puts what should be a final exclamation point on the Great 2015 Debate On HRC’s Non-Clintonian strategy, summarizing the rather lopsided results suggesting that’s a crock.
But then Greg goes on to remind us that Hillary’s not exactly out there waving red flags or scandalizing the bourgeoisie:
Clinton has shifted to the left on some cultural issues, and that is partly about speaking to the Obama coalition. But this reflects the changing nature of the Democratic Party. Indeed, the party’s growing reliance on the Obama coalition is the very reason she’s speaking more directly to those voters in the first place. Does that mean the party has moved leftward? Maybe, but on many of these issues, the rest of the country has, too. So none of this necessarily precludes broadening beyond that coalition.
Meanwhile, on economic issues, she has not embraced the Warren-wing agenda in key areas, and the key economic prescriptions she has adopted have broad majority support.
This should all serve as a reminder that not that very long ago we were debating whether Hillary Clinton was too “centrist” and needed to be “kept honest” by lefty primary challengers. Yeah, it’s another example of politics as short-attention span theater. As Greg concludes:
Have I mentioned that based on her campaign thus far, Clinton is essentially a mainstream Democrat?
So the possibility remains that her message is not too hot and not too cold, but just right, like Baby Bear’s porridge.