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In contrast, if Hillary continues to run as a liberal...her sincerity will continue to ring hollow.
A New Path to the White House
Clinton can best be described as a centrist who leans right more often than not on numerous issues from health care to military intervention, she has even admitted she is a moderate/centrist. But most people believe her to be a progressive, or at the very least, a left leaning liberal, but I don't see things that way at all when it comes to Hillary Clinton. From Clinton's time in office, I can't say Clinton acted like a progressive, and while serving as the Secretary of State, I couldn't even define her as a liberal.
Her time spent working with the Obama Administration had her advocating for chemical-agrical, denying Freedom Of Information Act requests, engaging in attempts to promote the Keystone Pipeline project, helping to usurp the democratic sentiment of voters in another country for corporate interests, and she played an influential role in the continued development of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. All of those actions clearly places Clinton on the wrong side of numerous issues that are important to most progressives and liberals - but would play very well among her fellow conservatives.
Could you imagine Clinton as a truly centrist-conservative, she would be great. Hillary has more experience and credentials than most, if not all, of the GOP clowns currently running, and she is an extremely powerful and well-spoken candidate with great name recognition. As a bonus, Clinton hasn't pissed off the elderly, women, Hispanics, or Blacks and enjoys the backing of numerous industries including Wall Street and Big Oil - and no other GOP candidate can make such a claim, or challenge Sanders like Clinton would be able to in a Presidential election.
In contrast, if Hillary continues to run as a liberal in a party looking for a progressive, her sincerity will continue to ring hollow, and she'll have a hard time winning over progressives and independents with her track record and allegiance to special interests.
If the GOP could just realize the potential power of a Clintservative Presidency, and what that would mean for their totally bankrupt brand of politics; they could instantly right their sinking ship and catapult the conservative party to heights unseen over the past couple decades. In return, Clinton would help bring the conservative party into the 21st century with her "liberal" brand of conservatism.
Of course, the Clinton campaign would have to change the color scheme on their logo and website, but they wouldn't' have to change very much beyond that, which is also why Hillary Clinton would make an awful democratic President. If a color scheme is all that is separating you from other centrist-conservatives, running for the Democratic nomination seems like a losing strategy.
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)