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U.S. former Secretary of State, and now a Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, attends a Georgetown University luncheon to deliver remarks and present awards for the Advancement of Women in Peace and Security in Washington April 22,

From today's Washington Post:

Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party’s precarious left edge.

The moves are part of a strategic conclusion by Clinton’s emerging campaign: that it can harness the same kind of young and diverse coalition as Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012, bolstered by even stronger appeal among women.

Her approach — outlined in interviews with aides and advisers — is a bet that social and demographic shifts mean that no left-leaning position Clinton takes now would be likely to hurt her in making her case to moderate and independent voters in the general election next year.

This is a markedly different approach from her cautious 2008 campaign, and according to her current staff, reflects her belief that the more progressive positions are also the more practical solutions:
The campaign’s overall calculus relies on a mix of polling — including both internal and public surveys — internal focus groups and what advisers described as gut feelings about the national mood. It also reflects what Clinton backers say are her firmly held personal convictions and her pragmatism.

“Her approach to this really is not trying to take a ruler out and measure where she wants to be on some ideological scale,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said. “It’s to dive deeply into the problems facing the American people and American families. She’s a proud wonk, and she looks at policy from that perspective.”


“People often talk about the electorate moving left,” said Clinton senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan. “I think it’s more that the electorate is just getting more practical. For Hillary Clinton, that matches her evidence-based approach. The arguments that persuade her are evidence-based and progressive.”

There are still some unanswered questions, most specifically in the areas of trade and foreign policy, where she will still need to prove her progressive bona fides:
Senior campaign officials acknowledged that trade is a divisive and fraught issue for Democrats and for her. Clinton’s past support for the Pacific free-trade pact makes her current silence awkward at best, but her advisers are gambling that the issue won’t leave an enduring rift within the party...

“If Clinton and other candidates are not seen as standing with Warren on the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] trade deal and a number of other economic issues critical to working families, it could create an even greater sense of urgency” to get Warren into the race, said Gary Ritterstein, an adviser to the support group Ready for Warren.

But when Republicans are reduced to trying to convince the left that our front-runner isn't liberal enough, it's a clear sign that the country's national mood has moved in favor of progressives:
“Clinton’s already moved her position leftward on numerous hot button issues to the base, including immigration, gay marriage, Wall Street and criminal justice reforms,” conservative America Rising PAC director Colin Reed wrote in a position paper Friday.

“Clinton’s moves reinforce all her worst attributes as a candidate and hurt her image among voters of all stripes,” Reed said. “Progressive voters know that she’s not truly one of them,” while swing voters “see a desperate politician staking out far-left positions that are outside of the mainstream of most Americans.”

Clinton is gambling that those far-left positions are really the new center in American politics, and coupled with demographic changes in the electorate, she'll have more than enough voters to push her well past the finish line.

Crossposted at Hillary HQ


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in a roundtable of young Nevadans discussing immigration as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

As Hillary returns to the campaign trail this week, the series documenting her presidential platform continues.

Part 1 of this series focused on Criminal Justice Reform.

This entry focuses on her policy positions and principles surrounding Immigration Reform.

Here's a quick recap of how these entries are organized:

Policy Proposals:
Specific proposals that have been officially advocated by Hillary Rodham Clinton and her 2016 presidential campaign.  All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

Issue Positions:
 Statements made in support or opposition of existing policies and legislation under consideration by the current administration and Congress. All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

Guiding Principles: Statements that indicate overarching principles that provide a framework for the candidacy as a whole and the concepts and ideals that will inform the development of specific policy proposals as the campaign unfolds. All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

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Actually, not really a shocker for anyone who (a) has followed Hillary closely and (b) has a good eye for elaborate political theater.

Via digby:

Most people probably remember that New York mayor Bill de Blasio recently drew up a progressive manifesto called a Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality based upon the concept Newt Gingrich pioneered with his Contract for America back in 1994. Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Angela Terkel looked into how closely Hillary Clinton's policy views and record hews to their agenda.
Spoiler Alert: She agrees with all thirteen principles of the agenda, as supported by her Senate record and both presidential campaigns.

Bill de Blasio, who made big political theater out of withholding an endorsement for Clinton, despite being her campaign manager in 2000 and a longtime ally, is now effusively praising her campaign so far:

On Tuesday, however, de Blasio had only kind words for Clinton, saying he was "optimistic" so far about her direction on issues like immigration, mass incarceration and income inequality.

"We're obviously only weeks into her campaign, but I think she's said some very positive things directly on income inequality -- in Iowa, certainly," de Blasio said. "I think we see a strong beginning from her as she fleshes out her vision."

Indeed, a closer look at de Blasio's progressive agenda further complicates the narrative that Clinton is out of step. HuffPost examined Clinton's position on each of the elements de Blasio's agenda, and found that she is philosophically supportive of all 13 of the principles. Where we couldn't find an answer, we noted it. When she comes up short, it's largely a matter of degree or because she hasn't made her current stance fully known (whether intentionally or not). There are places here where she may be vulnerable to attacks from her primary opponents, who have records with fewer blanks to fill in. But Clinton has her defenders when it comes to her progressivism, including at least one person who has signed onto de Blasio's platform.

"I wouldn't be in this process if I thought it was an attempt to move Hillary Clinton to the left," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), a former presidential candidate who supports Clinton and has signed on to de Blasio's statement of principles. "I view this as a way of setting a marker for Democrats so they don't stray as the way they did in the year before I ran."

de Blasio has wisely withheld his endorsement as a way to get a seat at the table while national policy is being set.  What's becoming clear about a potential Hillary Clinton presidency is that it will not be totally driven from the White House; Congressional and local leaders will have a prominent role in shaping the discussion.

One would expect that on a matter of executive authority, she'd be enthusiastically supporting the current president, if for no other reason than wanting to have the same executive authority if she becomes president herself.

But Clinton's refusal to support Obama's trade policy push, despite rapturously embracing the rest of his domestic policies, suggests she's more in line with de Blasio than Obama on trade, and at minimum, is respectful of the role that Congress needs to play in shaping national policy:

Clinton’s silence on trade, coming at the worst possible time for Obama, dovetails with her transformation into a presidential candidate eager to align herself more squarely with the liberal wing of her party. In other areas in which Clinton has moved to the left — such as immigration reform and gay marriage — White House aides have been delighted that she has forcefully embraced the president’s governing record.

But on trade, Clinton’s hedge has left Obama without political cover in his increasingly bitter feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other progressives, who have fiercely opposed the pact as a boondoggle for big business.

To quote digby again, this level of policy discussion indicates that the policy conversations we are having speak to the strength of our party at this moment in history:
And I point out that so far the Democratic race is unfolding as a rather stately campaign of ideas while the Republicans are staging a chaotic three ring circus. Believe me, if there was serious disarray in the Democratic party they'd be giving the GOP a run for its money --- they have plenty of practice. As it happens the Democrats are more progressive, more populist and more cohesive than they've been in many years. That doesn't mean everyone's singing kumbaaya. It means that everyone sees a role in the Party and are taking those roles seriously trying to effect positive change. It's not that they're satisfied by any means. It's just that they're organized. That's the opposite of "disarray."
If trends continue, it looks like progressives like Warren and de Blasio won't be banished to the back of the bus.  They're going to get some turns at the wheel.  

Crossposted at Hillary HQ


With a heavy dose of condescension, President Obama went after Senator Warren today, attacking both her critical thinking skills and her integrity in one fell swoop.

From an interview with Yahoo News!  (Video Here)

“She’s absolutely wrong,”
Barack Obama said, before I could even get the question out of my mouth.

He was talking about Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and populist crusader whom Obama helped elevate to national prominence. Warren generally reserves her more acid critiques for Republicans and Wall Street, but in recent weeks she’s been leading a vocal coalition of leftist groups and lawmakers who oppose the president’s free-trade pact with 12 Asian countries.

 This past week, as I had just reminded Obama, Warren launched her heaviest torpedo yet against the trade deal, alleging that some future president might use it as an excuse to undo the reregulation of Wall Street that Obama signed into law in 2010. In fact, as the White House quickly pointed out, language in the pact would expressly prevent that unless Congress voted to allow it.

Three days after that broadside, when we sat down at Nike’s headquarters outside Portland, Ore., Obama still seemed unusually irritated.

“Think about the logic of that, right?” he went on. “The notion that I had this massive fight with Wall Street to make sure that we don’t repeat what happened in 2007, 2008. And then I sign a provision that would unravel it?

“I’d have to be pretty stupid,” Obama said, laughing. “This is pure speculation. She and I both taught law school, and you know, one of the things you do as a law professor is you spin out hypotheticals. And this is all hypothetical, speculative.”

Obama wasn’t through. He wanted me to know, in pointed terms, that for all the talk about her populist convictions, Warren had a personal brand she was trying to promote, too.

“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else,” he said. “And you know, she’s got a voice that she wants to get out there. And I understand that. And on most issues, she and I deeply agree. On this one, though, her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.”  

So, Senator Warren is just confused and doesn't understand the facts.  Or she does, but she's trying to build her political brand and this helps get her name out there.  Heck, let's go for both, even though one contradicts the other.

It's been a long time since Obama has said or done anything that left a sour taste in my mouth. He's usually a class act, even when his foes are not.

For me, this is bigger than TPP, whether you agree more with Obama or Warren.  This is a demeaning way to undercut the credibility of a public servant, especially one who is on your side.

Warren deserves better than this from our President.

UPDATE: The original diary included my feelings that there misogynistic undertones to Obama's broadside against Warren, which I felt strongly while watching the video.  Upon reading the comments, I agree that including that angle has distracted from the overall intent of the diary and I've edited the diary to remove those components.

Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of The Hillary 2016 Platform, a regular rundown of the policy proposals, issue positions, and guiding principles of Hillary Rodham Clinton's second candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

How it Works:  

This is intended to be a living document, with new topics covered regularly and links to previously published topics provided.

Policy topics will be arranged as they are announced and/or updated, with news created this week on the top.  Sources will be provided in the links under each quote.

For each area of her ultimate platform, what has been announced so far will be broken down into individual relevant categories.  

For brevity's sake, I am limiting the first diary to the contents of her major policy speech on Criminal Justice Reform (4/29/15).

Future diaries will cover Women's Rights, Immigration Reform, Marriage Equality, Student Loan Reform, Income Inequality, and Trade Policy.

When appropriate, previous diaries may be revised (and possibly republished) as major policies are announced.

Policy Proposals:
Specific proposals that have been officially advocated by Hillary Rodham Clinton and her 2016 presidential campaign.  All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

Issue Positions:
 Statements made in support or opposition of existing policies and legislation under consideration by the current administration and Congress. All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

Guiding Principles: Statements that indicate overarching principles that provide a framework for the candidacy as a whole and the concepts and ideals that will inform the development of specific policy proposals as the campaign unfolds. All quotes are directly from HRC unless otherwise noted.

Let's get started with a rundown of that landmark speech on Criminal Justice Reform.

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This isn't particularly surprising for anybody who follows either of these remarkable ladies in the news, but both the New York Times and CNN are reporting that former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has been actively soliciting the input of senior Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

From the New York Times:

Hillary Rodham Clinton held a private, one-on-one meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren in December at Mrs. Clinton’s Washington home, a move by the Democrats’ leading contender in 2016 to cultivate the increasingly influential senator and leader of the party’s economic populist movement.

The two met at Whitehaven, the Clintons’ Northwest Washington home, without aides and at Mrs. Clinton’s invitation.

Mrs. Clinton solicited policy ideas and suggestions from Ms. Warren, according to a Democrat briefed on the meeting, who called it “cordial and productive.” Mrs. Clinton, who has been seeking advice from a range of scholars, advocates and officials, did not ask Ms. Warren to consider endorsing her likely presidential candidacy.

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Saw this via Melissa McEwan and had to share.

From the Twitter account of Phillip Rucker, promoter of rape culture:

A Dem source just summed it up neatly: “Elizabeth Warren’s mouth says no, but her eyes say yes, yes, yes.”
Let me be clear.

I'm a staunch supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton and she will have my vote and extensive support if she decides to run.

I'm also a staunch supporter of Elizabeth Warren, and while she would not get my primary vote if Clinton runs, she would likely get it if Clinton does not run.

I would be thrilled to see a contested primary between these two remarkable women, and can think of nothing better for the democratic process to see the national conversation be dominated by these strong, intelligent women who share a deep mutual respect and understanding of the challenges that were unique to women of their generation, and the challenges that are facing all women (and men) today.

But the language of coercion must stop.  Just as there are some ways of presenting things when speaking about a black president that are inappropriate, even if they would be fine when talking about a white one, there are some ways of framing things that have a very different connotation when it comes to women.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to the Center for American Progress yesterday about the connection between expanding economic opportunity for minimum wage/tipped workers and stimulating the economy.

The video can be viewed in the link above.

And as it is my fervent belief that unfiltered Clinton is the best Clinton, I've typed up a full transcript below:

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An excellent interview with Secretary Clinton, once it gets past the 2016 "Are You Running?" nonsense and turns toward an in-depth discussion on the biggest challenges facing America today.  Clinton identifies these as the disappearance of upward mobility, which she defines as our biggest challenge and a national crisis, and she diagnoses the problem as being because of the failures of our current economic system and political system. (Her actual words are that it's a crisis of democracy.)

She touches as well on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, for engaging with grassroots ("down up") rather than just leaders talking to each other, and for America to do a better job both articulating and emulating our values - at home first, but also abroad.

It's good stuff.  I haven't seen anything on it yet here, so I figured I'd put it up as a diary!


Part One:

Part Two:



Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. meets with former President Bill Clinton in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

I doubt this will get much coverage, but I think it shows how the Democratic presidencies of the last quarter century resonate with voters, and is an encouraging sign for our 2016 prospects:

Bill Clinton is by far the most admired president of the past quarter century, a new poll shows, underscoring how much he has done to burnish his profile since leaving the White House in 2000.

From the Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll:

Asked which president of the past 25 years they admired most, some 42% of respondents named Mr. Clinton in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Survey. That was more than twice the share that named any other president.

The other three presidents of the quarter century all polled about the same: 18% said they most admired President Barack Obama; 17% named George W. Bush; and 16% named his father, George H. W. Bush.

That's 42% for President Clinton, who remains one of the most popular national Democrats we have, and 18% for President Obama, who still outpolls both Bushes in spite of the never-ending barrage of negative news stories pushed by the mainstream media.


A newly released poll from Washington Post/ABC provides interesting, detailed information regarding a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid.  Perhaps surprising to some, her strongest support for making another run at the presidency is among Younger voters and Liberal Democrats, and the South outpaces all regions but the Northeast in hoping she'll run.

Voters are also apparently offended by attacks on her health and age.

Details after the jump:

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Shakesville founder Melissa McEwan has two great posts up today about Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and how the narratives around their potential presidential runs parallels the war on women's agency.  Both are must reads.

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