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October 07, 2015

Hillary Comes Out Against TPP, Pleasing Her Left Flank

If you can believe this, every time Hillary faces an issue, she turns left, even when that means repudiating long-held positions.

Like her long-held position against gay marriage. Or, like reversing her one-time claim that she was "adamantly against illegal immigration, now promising to go even further than Obama did in using executive actions to deliver amnesty to illegals.

In the case of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill, Hillary Clinton personally pushed it forty five times (!!!). Jake Tapper noted each of those 45 times back in June, when Hillary was still dodging the question.

She called it the "gold standard" of trade bills in 2012. And, as Secretary of State, this was negotiated, one supposes, with some of her input. (Or was she just there for show...?)

But as the election draws closer, Hillary has begun taking positions on issues she previously dodged -- and in each case, goes to the left, as she just did on Keystone, opposing it.

Now she says she opposes the TPP, too, reversing herself for no obvious reason, except that the Democrat Party is a hard-left party ruled by left-wing interests.

Yes, yes, I know many conservatives also oppose this, but, so too does the social justice and unionist left.

Unlike most people on the right, Hillary has pushed this specific trade bill forty five time.

Now, Obama has of course pushed this, and David Axelrod says that her reversal would cause further "questions on trust" as far as this very untrustworthy pretender to the throne.


Yesterday came news that Hillary was still searching for a campaign theme, an underlying rationale, for her candidacy.

At Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, staffers are invited to complete a phrase that is written on a wall: "Hillary for..."

Beside it, staffers have plastered dozens of sticky notes with various words and phrases.

While the wall could be seen as a freewheeling experiment in the manner of a tech startup, it could also be regarded as symptomatic of a nagging problem for Clinton in the 2016 race: namely, the difficulty she has had in explaining why she's running for president.

...

David Axelrod, one of the masterminds of President Obama's 2008 victory, has persistently warned that Clinton needs to provide a clear rationale for why she’s seeking the White House.

"'Hillary: Live with it' is no rallying cry!" Axelrod tweeted last month while bemoaning that the Clinton camp was running a "grinding, tactical race."

Last December, Axelrod had warned that Clinton needed to show she was "running for a purpose and not just for a promotion." He has also said, "You have to stand for something, you have to fight for something, and people need to know what that is."

Hillary's desperately cynical reversals and repositionings are all the evidence anyone needs for the real "theme" of the Hillary candidacy: Hillary is running because she has an almost erotic compulsion for personal political power.

Ideas and policies are to be discarded at will. The only underlying principle that Hillary Clinton believes in is an unshakable belief that Hillary Clinton should finally be in charge of people.


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