Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “… she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.”
Liberals have embraced the word “progressive” because it sounds more forward-looking than “liberal,” which has a track record voters periodically reject when the ideology doesn’t live up to its declared goals (think Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, John Edwards, and Al Gore, among others).
There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to wear or hide behind. She has been in the national spotlight for more than two decades and most people have already decided what they think of her.
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