May 9, 2016

Clinton Surrogate: Her Moves To The Left Are Here To Stay

Ed Rendell, a charter member of the Clinton surrogate Hall of Shame, is at it again. Apparently, insulting Bernie Sanders supporters yesterday was not enough. Now today, speaking with CNN, the former governor of Pennsylvania highlighted the lengths Hillary Clinton has gone to in order to appeal to the more liberal elements of the Democratic Party:

“Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who endorsed Clinton but has also publicly praised Sanders’ role in the Democratic primary, said the senator’s campaign has pulled both the party and Clinton in a more liberal direction. This shift, Rendell predicted, will not be fleeting: ‘If he moved the needle from 5 to 9, let’s say, it won’t always be a 9 — but it won’t go back to 5.'”

For Rendell, Clinton’s shift to the left is also an irrevocable one. Clinton has moved to the left on so many positions during her primary with Bernie Sanders that it is no longer something that can be changed in the general election.

A look at the many different positions Clinton has flip-flopped on during the Democratic primary bears out Rendell’s quote. See below for some of the highlights:

Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Pre-Primary Position: CNN found 45 instances of Clinton praising the Trans-Pacific Partnership before she entered the Democratic primary.

Current Position: Clinton opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership now.

Keystone Pipeline:

Pre-Primary Position: In 2010, Clinton stated that she was “inclined” to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Current Position: Clinton no longer supports the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

Second Amendment:

Pre-Primary Position: Clinton supported states drafting their own gun control legislation.

Current Position: Clinton’s current gun control policy proposal calls on Congress, instead of states, to pass gun control legislation.

Charter Schools:

Pre-Primary Position: Clinton praised charter schools for “revitalizing and strengthening public schools.”

Current Position: Clinton has “rebuked” charter schools for not accepting “the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them.”

Driver’s Licenses:

Pre-Primary Position: Clinton opposed giving undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

Current Position: Clinton now supports allowing undocumented immigrants to gain access to driver’s licenses.