It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton — the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state — is joined at the hip with President Obama’s foreign policy foibles, most notably the Benghazi debacle. But less understood is how much her economic philosophy and positions now overlap with his.
In the debate over what version of Hillary Clinton we would get in the 2016 presidential race — the centrist 1990s “New Democrat” modeled after her husband, Bill, or a replica of the modern leftism of her bitter rival Barack — the liberal/progressive wing of the party has apparently won out.
Clinton gave a hint of this tactical lurch to the left late last year when she infamously declared at a Boston campaign rally: “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”
To many political observers, this was her “you didn’t build that” moment — as she, like her former boss Obama, gave a haughty scolding to the nation’s employers.