If you’re a Republican, that is
However, if you happen to be one of the many lefties who regard the Clintons themselves as conservatives (or just amoral opportunists) in liberals’ clothing, the report is something worse than disappointing. It’s vindication. Because the campaign team the Times describes doesn’t sound like one searching for politically viable policies to fit into its populist economic message. Instead, it sounds like the opposite — a team that’s already settled on politically unviable policies and is now searching for ways to convincingly pretend they fit into a populist economic message.
Again: No one who’s followed the Clintons doesn’t know already that their economic policy choices tend to be on the rightmost fringe of their party. Nobody seriously expected the Hillary Clinton of the 2016 campaign to be an Elizabeth Warren doppelgänger. Still, there were many who hoped that Clinton’s instincts as a politician would overcome her reflexive neoliberalism, and that she’d recognize why running as Wall Street’s favorite Democrat was a political dead-end. All the more so now that Republicans want to talk about the “opportunity gap.”