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Bill Clinton takes on BLM... and loses.

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This isn't the 1990s and Bill Clinton's Democrat Party anymore. Ideological uniformity is more highly valued now.

For days now, Bill Clinton has been attempting to extricate himself from a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters, trying both to hold to his position and step back from it. It’s been an awkward dance.
But it speaks to a broader problem for the 42nd president of the United States. Clinton is caught in a time warp, having to grapple with how much the era in which he served, the events that occurred then and the actions he took as president have been reinterpreted and, by many in his own party, rejected.... this is 2016, not 1992 or 1996, and things have changed — particularly within the Democratic Party....

After his exchange last week, Clinton said he almost wanted to apologize and said it was regrettable that the two sides had talked past each other. He then campaigned Sunday on his wife’s behalf in three African American churches, seeking to ensure the strongest possible minority support for her in next Tuesday’s New York primary (which looks likely). On Monday, he was still trying to explain himself for what had happened the week before...

The Black Lives Matter episode is not the only example of how the Clinton presidency is seen in a different light today. Clinton’s staunch advocacy of free trade, his support for financial institution deregulation and the fact that his economic team was staffed by Wall Street figures all are viewed with far greater skepticism by Democrats today. That is why Sanders has gathered such energy behind his candidacy and why Hillary Clinton has had to tack left to keep up with the base. Bill Clinton was an eloquent advocate of free trade, as a candidate in 1992 and as president. Former president George H.W. Bush, after listening to Clinton make the case for the North American Free Trade Agreement at a White House ceremony, quipped that it should be pretty clear why the silver-tongued Clinton was now occupying the Oval Office and he was on the outside.

And now Bill, it seems, is finding his brand of Democrat on the outside, as the party tacks hard left.
 

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This isn't the 1990s and Bill Clinton's Democrat Party anymore. Ideological uniformity is more highly valued now.



And now Bill, it seems, is finding his brand of Democrat on the outside, as the party tacks hard left.

Of course. After all, anyone who doesn't agree with everything I believe is a Nazi/KKK/White Supremacist




(Yes, I know, the right hand side of the equation has this problem as well).
 

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Ideological uniformity is more highly valued now.

That's a positive statement, but I think it's rather that a lack of ideological uniformity is less tolerated now than in the recent past.
 

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I swear the BLM acronym gets me every time. "What on earth did Bill Clinton do against the Bureau of Land Management?"

But indeed. The Clintons never had any real legitimacy with the black vote in the first place, not when they represented the sort of soft-serve racist underpinnings that fed into the war on drugs or the tilting of economic power towards predatory businesses that have always preyed on black communities historically.
 

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too bad bill did not expose his BLM objections prior to the southern primary dates
 

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The moment he backtracked even an inch he was screwed. At least leaning in he projected strength and could appeal to those that were tired of the BLdM movement. Now? He's just another bitch and he's fair game.
 

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This isn't the 1990s and Bill Clinton's Democrat Party anymore. Ideological uniformity is more highly valued now.



And now Bill, it seems, is finding his brand of Democrat on the outside, as the party tacks hard left.

The Clinton's did more ****ing damage to the Democratic Party than people know. They invented the DLC (democratic leadership council) to embed a conservative corporatist wing inside the democratic party. It emboldened the "blue dog" democrats and marginalized the left wing of the dems and the damage that did was immense. Why the **** would any conservative vote for a republican lite when they can have a real republican each election? When the voters figured that out, all the blue dog dems got booted from the south because they were running as conservatives and were no different than the GOP.

They made a democratic party that offered very little in differences from the GOP they were running against.

Thanks Clintons!
 
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