Early in the first Democratic presidential debate, moderator Anderson Cooper pressed Hillary Clinton on her political leanings. He noted that while she had told a New Hampshire audience she’d “take a back seat to no one when it comes to progressive values,” at an Ohio stop she acknowledged “being kind of moderate and center.”
After some babbling from Clinton, Cooper asked again, “Just for the record, are you a progressive, or are you a moderate?”
Clinton was obviously impressed by her own answer, because her campaign is now giving away bumper stickers reprinting her big applause line.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 17, 2015
OK, so Clinton has driven a stake through the old Hillary Clinton who voted for the Iraq War and argued that the marriage of a man and a woman was “one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization.” But she also gets things done, although no one can seem to name any of them. (Clinton herself cited her work on reforming foster care and adoption and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.)
The implication, obviously, is that socialist opponent Bernie Sanders is an idealist who just can’t make things happen in the real world of politics. Right?
@HillaryClinton You're not a progressive, and Bernie is an effective legislator who gets things done. He earned the "Amendment King" title.
— Jonathan Patrick (@JonathanPtrck) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton Not a fan of this sticker. Seems to be saying that your typical progressive doesn't get things done.
— Zoyx (@Zoyx) October 17, 2015
— Julie Monroe (@Noin007) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton A sticker? We were into those in 5th grade. 😉
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) October 17, 2015
.@HillaryClinton What if I’m a progressive who doesn’t feel the need to hedge by insulting progressivism? Got a sticker for that?
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton I'm not a progressive. I'm a moderate Democrat.
— djred678 (@djred678) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton Gets things done? Like voting for the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, NSA Spying. Can't vote for that, sorry.
— NBP (@NobodyButPaul) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton I love that everything you do is a direct response to something Bernie's already done.
— John M. White (@thejohnmwhite) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton a lot of people get things done but that don't make them presidential material.
— SGT GRAVES USA RET. (@sgteatme2012) October 17, 2015
— Jimmy Taylor (@USGA_Amateur) October 17, 2015
— Craig (@C2theRizz) October 17, 2015
.@HillaryClinton The progressives who use their gender to boost their credibility are exactly the ones who never get shit done.
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@GSD_SteVB) October 17, 2015
— T. Murphy (@murphopolis) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton What did you accomplish as a Senator? Oh yeah, nothing.
— DC (@dcross108) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton Bernie is the true Progressive candidate in this election.
— Robert A. Kroeger (@49kroeg) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton I'm a progressive who believes in telling the truth which you and your husband don't seem to understand.
— Andrew Southgate (@andrewsouthgat1) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton I voted for you in '08, but, seriously? You should fire whoever came up with that!
— Jamie (@jamiedsongs) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton so by your definition, progressives don't like to get things done? You're not throwing shade at all…
— Tronald Dump (@pale_beyond) October 17, 2015
— Tintinmameluko (@Tintinmameluko) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton yeah, I'll pass.
— C (@chris_3168) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton Name 3 things of consequence you've gotten done.
— Sid Grayson (@Sidspeaks1) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton weren't you a moderate, like, two weeks ago?
— Jon Wagner (@jonfw2) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton id rather have herpes than that sticker
— wa.limits (@WaLimits) October 17, 2015
@HillaryClinton in all your years of politics you haven't gotten anything done!! Oh wait… You lost us an embassy and thousands of emails!
— Steven Gehring (@StevenG_1776) October 17, 2015
Hillary, honey.. Just stop..@HillaryClinton
— ZeenaBoBeena (@Z33Z8N8) October 17, 2015