Some people have called Hillary Clinton a Republican in Democrat’s clothing, but does that claim pass scrutiny? One of the arguments for this was that she was actually a Republican for part of the 60’s, but that was mostly before she was even old enough to vote. If there is some rule that once a Republican, always a Republican, then I guess Elizabeth Warren (whom I love) can’t be a progressive Democrat, as she was registered with to GOP as late as 1996.
But what about Clinton’s policies, you ask? Well, Jonathan Cohn ran the numbers and well, yes, compared to Bernie Sanders, Clinton is to his right. The problem with this argument is that pretty much every Democrat (and every Republican) in office is to the right of Bernie Sanders. Furthermore, according to DW-NOMINATE scores, when Clinton was a member of Congress, she was the 11th most liberal member of the Senate.
And what about her current priorities? Those are pretty progressive too. Like raising the minimum wage, phasing out fossil fuels, twelve weeks of family leave for new mothers and fathers, making a college education possible without taking out loans, and higher taxes on the wealthy. In some cases, her positions are to the left of Sanders, such as gun violence, abortion, and (in some ways) immigration.
Yes, Sanders is definitely to the left of Clinton, but he is so far to the left he didn’t even call himself a Democrat until he decided to run for president. If you compare Clinton to any other Democrat who ran for the nomination this election, including Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley she is far more progressive.