October 19, 2015

Meme NAILS How Badly Hillary Clinton Has Flip-Flopped

Washington Times reports Hillary Clinton flip-flops from 2008 positions in her bid for liberal voters’ support:
The last time Mrs. Clinton took the stage for a presidential debate, she was against same sex-marriage, a supporter of the Second Amendment, stood behind her Iraq War vote and was opposed to states issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Flash forward to Tuesday in Las Vegas, and Mrs. Clinton enters as a backer of same-sex couples, a supporter of tighter federal gun control measures, has admitted her vote for the Iraq War was a “mistake” and is an advocate for illegal immigrations.

“This is a classic political decision that you can flip-flop if you flop over to the popular side of an issue,” said David Alexrod, a Democratic strategist who advised President Obama’s bids for the White House, on CNN. “The great risk, though — her great liability in this race so far — has been this sense that she’s been inauthentic. This lurch on this issue opens her up for another charge of inauthenticity.”
In the 2008 campaign Mrs. Clinton was steadfast in defending her vote to invade Iraq, a vote Mr. Obama hammered her on and contrasted himself to, saying he would never have authorized the now-unpopular invasion.
It wasn’t until her 2014 book “Hard Choices” that Mrs. Clinton says she “got it wrong” on Iraq. This year on the campaign trail, she’s gone further, saying her vote was “a mistake.”
On guns, Mrs. Clinton’s moves have been more a matter of what she’s emphasizing.
In 2008 she criticized Mr. Obama’s statement that rural Pennsylvanians “cling to guns or religion” and portrayed herself as an adherent of the gun culture.
(She said,) “Some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are, not because they are bitter.”
Making a play for rural voters in an effort to overcome Mr. Obama’s young, urban coalition, Mrs. Clinton also said blanket federal rules weren’t the answer.
Last week, however, in the wake of another mass shooting, Mrs. Clinton vowed to go further than Mr. Obama in taking executive action to limit gun ownership.
On immigration, Mrs. Clinton is also revising her previous stance.
Last debate cycle, Mrs. Clinton offered a confusing answer of whether she supported states issuing licenses to illegal immigrants. In the Oct. 2007 debate she was asked whether or not she favored then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to provide undocumented with state licenses.

“Do I think this is the right thing for any governor to do? No. But I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it,” Mrs. Clinton said during the debate.
After the debate — and after Mr. Spitzer withdrew the proposal because of its unpopularity — Mrs. Clinton made the following statement: “As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.”
But as the power of Hispanic voters increases, Mrs. Clinton has tailored her stance yet again. She now supports states granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, her campaign told The Huffington Post.

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