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Hillary the liberal

According to DW-NOMINATE voting analysis, Hillary was the 11th most liberal member of the Senate during her period. The other 10 are dead, even older than she is, obscure enough that I haven't heard of them, Russ Feingold, or Bernie Sanders. Feingold seems to have gone quiet, but Sanders is loudly considering running.


Article notes she's more liberal in voting than Obama (-0.37 to her -0.39) or the median Democrat (-0.33).

Now, that's one measure; maybe you'd care a lot more about her opinions on Israel or executive power, which might not have come up in votes. OTOH, if you're hoping someone more liberal than her to run, you've got like two options -- both men -- among recent Senators. Except maybe for even more recent Senators, but do we really want more first-term Senators running?

Who's out there among governors, I don't know.

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Apr. 19th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'd dearly love to see Elizabeth Warren as president, but I'd be very worried to see her get the nomination (which also has pretty much no chance of happening), because even what looks to be another dismal and even more deeply divided Republican party might well beat her.

It looks to me like Warren understands & cares about income inequality considerably more than Clinton, but the link about Clinton is encouraging. I'm most happy with Clinton about foreign policy - she seems likely to avoid war and generally manage the same sort of not too clueless foreign policy that we've seen with Obama, and I think she might be even more supportive of socially liberal ideals like marriage equality and overall equal rights issues (in part simply because she's far less likely to be attacked as harshly for talking about racial inequality than Obama has been). However, I also expect to see continued support for domestic surveillance and a lack of progress on income inequality. Hopefully, she won't be as paranoid (or whatever) that Obama is about secrecy and leaks.

In short, worlds better than any possible Republican candidate, but not someone who will address the underlying structural problems and unfairness built into the US economy. At this point, I wonder if we'll need another economic collapse for something like that to happen.
Apr. 20th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
Warren for President 2024! Hillary 2015!

Stuff on HIllary's campaign site sounds like Warren, good for them!
Apr. 20th, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
One rather important character thing. Obama campaigned on a promise to filibuster FISA, then in fact voted for FISA and to shut off the filibuster.

Hillary voted against FISA.

Edited at 2015-04-20 01:36 am (UTC)
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