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NYT’s Chozick On Clinton: She’s “Playing To Whatever Crowd She Is Speaking To”

- November 18, 2015

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PATRICK HEALY: "I think where it comes in, you know, I think you see kind of like almost even a greater level of caution now and caution in the sense that if she needs to pivot to the left because Bernie Sanders is coming after her on marijuana legalization, she's going to do it. That may not sound cautious but it is in a sense because she's feeling like, oh she needs to protect her flank on this, so she's going to do what she needs to protect her flank on that. The single biggest thing that I've been struck by so far in this race is how much Hillary Clinton has gone from being kind of a centrist, pragmatist living in the real world not overpromising because she knows certain things can't get done, to being kind of like a liberal's dream if they can't get Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren and saying things that are critical, sa charter schools even though she was a big defender of them."

AMY CHOZIK: "Yea but then last night she said she reminded people that she voted for a border fence to secure the border. I think she's a bit playing to whatever crowd she's speaking to and I think right now with Bernie's numbers kind of falling, she's looking more towards the general and I do think, I mean even her opposition to the Transpacific Partnership left the door open to possibly supporting it at some point. I think she is eyeing the general and she could morph back into the sort-of centrist candidate."

PATRICK HEALY: "And does she held accountable for that in the long run?"

AMY CHOZIK: "Well I think this is the problem and a lot of people say that this is a miscalculation that the problem with Hillary Clinton is not is she progressive enough, it's is she authentic? And so when she starts wavering or switching positions this hurts her authenticity and I think that is a bigger vulnerability than, oh is she progressive enough on the Keystone Pipeline, I mean, yes, these are hot button issues in the primary." (Susan Lehman, "Inside the Hillary Clinton Campaign," The New York Times, 11/18/15)


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