While endorsing Clinton, the NY Times said Sanders had “pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left.” Everybody says that, but nobody knows. He likes to sound very left and she doesn’t. Both have their reasons. Obama half explained these reasons when he endorsed Hillary. “Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose.” That was the smart thing for Bernie to do, and it’s good to see his views getting a lot of air play.
Hillary has also been playing it smart. But all politicians say and do things for strategic reasons. They have to, or they would not be politicians for long. For example, Bernie voted against the Brady (gun control) Bill several times (to the delight of conservatives), but he claims this was for strategic reasons. You just can’t be sure what’s talk and what’s strategy. But there are two things you can tell for sure. [Read more…]