October 23, 2016 by Chris Kite
This is a well written article from the New Yorker that talks about the unsurprising and unremarkable e-mails that Wikileaks has been posting to try to hurt Hillary Clinton. They haven’t been terribly effective because they haven’t really revealed anything new.
One sentence in the article stood out to me:
“The documents, particularly the speech extracts, portray Clinton as she is: a hard-headed centrist who believes that electoral politics inevitably involve making compromises, dealing with powerful interest groups, and, where necessary, amending unpopular policy positions.”
This is perhaps the biggest reason why so many Bernie Sanders fans dislike Hillary Clinton. I’m a far left liberal. But I’m old enough and wise enough (and have witnessed a lifetime of politics) to realize that you can’t always get what you want. I’ve said before that when I completely agree with a political candidate, I know they are probably way too far left to hold national office. And I’ve become okay with that. As a country we need balance. If we move too far left or too far right, it leaves a significant portion of the population feeling disenfranchised. Granted, we’ve been moving steadily right for several decades, but perhaps we are at a point where that reverses.
I have absolutely no problem supporting Hillary Clinton. She will make a good President. She has the right mix of experience. She has the fight. She has the political smarts. And she has been on the world stage working with our friends and enemies.
As this article indicates, she has a history of looking for the middle ground in an effort to get things done. She recognizes that alienating one group of people to take care of another group isn’t really the best path. Since when did compromise become a bad thing?