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.

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?

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