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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 09:35 AM

2. I think Hillary is and has always been far more liberal than Bill.

Looking at her record in the Senate, she certainly was. And not just the bills she voted on. I don't know if you watched the convention last night, but it was a real push to try to make people see the real Hillary.

One of the problems I have with Hillary (and I say this as a FERVENT Hillary supporter) is that she cannot seem to find a speaking style that makes her come across as authentic. Every now and then, she hits it (the speech the day after the RNC in Tampa is a good example). But, I think as a result of the relentless hounding she gets from the RW and the intense scrutiny she's been under for almost 3 decades, her public speaking is often guarded, closed off, and comes off as less genuine. No one could blame her for choosing her words carefully - if she says one thing wrong, she will fall off this ledge she's been walking on. She said ONE stupid thing this primary season (the Nancy Reagan thing) - and it was stupid. She apologised and apologised for it, and there are still some people who are withholding their vote over it. She cannot, and never has been able to, catch a break. She is a powerful woman in politics, the MOST powerful woman in American politics, she is dangerous for the GOP, and they know it. They will exploit EVERY weakness. If she opens a crack, they will force it open. And all of this makes her guarded. And because of that, in speeches she sounds inauthentic. She can't connect the way, say, Michelle Obama can. It's also not her forte and she knows that and admits it freely.

Last night, I heard stories about how she has tried to help everyday Americans for all of her public life. She has worked harder than I've ever worked, tirelessly and without giving up, to register Mexican voters in Texas, improve schools in Arkansas, get 8 million kids insured under CHIP, help get foster kids into permanent adoption, make sure 9/11 first responders get the medical care they need even when they fell through the cracks. THAT is a liberal record, in my view. She has helped a lot of people. When she's in office, she has sky-high approval ratings. When she's RUNNING for office, suddenly they're in the toilet again. Why is that? It's because the RW KNOWS that she will advance a liberal agenda and they NEED to tear her down. And so many Democrats in this primary made it easier for them by buying those RW lies.

Is she perfect? Of course not. She's made some TERRIBLE decisions in her career. The biggest one of course being the IWR vote. She's had a long career and she's made mistakes. But I think she's done so much good, and on such a LIBERAL agenda, that I think she will make a fantastic president. She does not have Obama or Bill's soaring oratory. She's not the girl next door, the good old boy. She's spiky and awkward sometimes. But that's because I don't think she really gives a crap about any of that. She wants to govern. She doesn't want to be a star. She wants to be in a stuffy conference room with a bunch of briefing documents, hammering out some deal to make people's lives better. And I LOVE THAT about her.

She's run on a very liberal platform. Bernie's given her his support. Give her a shot, and hold her feet to the fire. Make her be the president you want. She works for us.

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