Hacked Audio Reveals Hillary Clinton Sees Herself Occupying “Center-Left to Center-Right”

Bloggers (example) are reading this quote in particular as Clinton mocking millennial Sanders supporters:

CLINTON: Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future. I met with a group of young black millennials today and you know one of the young women said, “You know, none of us feel that we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.” So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. So I think we should all be really understanding of that and should try to do the best we can not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. We want people to be idealistic. We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.

But that’s not what Clinton is doing here. The people she’s describing aren’t living in their parents’ basements because they’re losers. They’re doing it because they have no choice.

The more valid concern that will be raised by Clinton’s opponents is that here she is in February saying she’s a proud moderate and that the economy has failed an entire generation, and in late September she’s saying she’s a proud liberal and the economy is doing great. And Clinton’s critics will be right to hit her on that — but even there, Clinton has a reasonable response, which is that she’s a liberal who believes in incremental, achievable change, and that while the economy is improving it has a long way to go.

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