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JonLeibowitz

(6,282 posts)
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:23 AM Apr 2016

NYT Editorial Board: Why Mrs. Clinton Needs to Say More About the Crime Bill

Mrs. Clinton advocated for some of the most significant initiatives of her husband’s presidency, which were most often the product of compromise in a divided Congress. Indeed, many Democrats revere Mr. Clinton as the leader who brought the party back from the political wilderness by eschewing ideological purity in favor of a more incremental, politically centrist philosophy.

That legacy and experience lies at the heart of Mrs. Clinton’s approach as “a progressive who gets things done.” And the 1994 crime bill, which has emerged as a hot-button issue in the current campaign, is a good example in both its substance and the style of the Clinton manner of policy making.


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Mr. Sanders’s durability in this race is due in part to young, idealistic Democrats who weren’t born before or don’t remember the partisan battles of the 1990s. Indeed, 2016’s newest voters only know the Obama-era Congress, and its near-constant state of confrontation. On the crime bill, as on the Iraq war, trade deals and gay marriage, some young critics view Mrs. Clinton’s changes in position as politically convenient or unprincipled. The way to reach those voters is to acknowledge their objections and better explain what it takes to move an agenda through a hostile Congress.

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Mrs. Clinton’s record as a senator is one of pragmatism, reflecting temperamental and philosophical differences with Mr. Sanders, whose reluctance to compromise contributes to his limited legislative record. She should take this opportunity to spell out what she would do with Congress to address mass incarceration as president.


Much more @: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/opinion/why-mrs-clinton-needs-to-say-more-about-the-crime-bill.html
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Hillary Clinton's pragmatism is something this country could do without. Bill & Hillary's "pragmatism" got us financial deregulation, the crime bill, the PATRIOT act, the Iraq War, etc. But, hey, it sure got them a lot of friendly corporate partners.
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JonLeibowitz

(6,282 posts)
2. They have not published a single such editorial admonishing Bernie
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:26 AM
Apr 2016

Almost makes you wonder why the hell they'd support such a compromised candidate in the first place?

beam me up scottie

(57,349 posts)
3. Ouch. She keeps trying to run away from her record but can't.
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:30 AM
Apr 2016

Her vote for the Iraq war and opposition to marriage equality are just two examples of her lack of judgement and/or willingness to side with the majority instead of doing the right thing.

elleng

(128,852 posts)
5. Bill & Hillary's "pragmatism" got us financial deregulation, the crime bill, the PATRIOT act,
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:31 AM
Apr 2016

the Iraq War, etc.

JonLeibowitz

(6,282 posts)
8. Yes, the editorial (which you may not have read) mentions that. They also mention
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 01:35 AM
Apr 2016

that he voted for the bill because it had good things in it (VAWA, gun regulation). He opposed the mass incarceration provisions.

beam me up scottie

(57,349 posts)
9. He opposed the parts that Hillary promoted, the ones that unfairly targeted minorities:
Wed Apr 13, 2016, 01:39 AM
Apr 2016






But voted for it to save women's lives:


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