I guess you could say this post is by my first guest blogger. My online friend and frequent commenter here, SaveElmer, took a few fringe leftwingers to task last week on the charge that Hillary Clinton is a “conservative.”
Surely among our friends and foes advocating for their causes, we should be able to see the true conservative that Hillary is emerge…
Lets start with
NARAL… which is “committed to advancing our shared values. We are committed to protecting the right to choose and electing candidates who will promote policies to prevent unintended pregnancy. We are going on the offensive, reshaping the terms of the debate, and bridging the false divides that are meant to keep us from progress on reproductive health. ”
In 2005 NARAL gave Hillary Clinton a 100 rating. So when you hear the Hillaryphobes complain the she has shifted her position on abortion, you know it isn’t true
The NAACP…whose mission is to “ensure ure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. ”
The NAACP gave Hillary CLinton a 95 rating in 2005. But if you want to see how folks in the NAACP view Hillary Clinton, here is a video of her appearance at their convention this last July.
Along with the NAACP the Leadership Council on Civil Rights, which was organized “by three giants of the civil rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council…is the nation’s premier civil rights coalition, and has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. ”
The Leadership Council on Civil Rights gave Hillary Clinton a 100 rating
How about the National Education Association (NEA), one of the premier eucational advocacy groups, and longtime member of the Democratic coalition…how do you suppose they feel about Hillary CLinton
Yep you guessed it, another 100 rating
Maybe Hillary’s conservative bona fides will show up in her environmental record…
How about the League of Conservation Voters…”the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. ”
Guess we will have to look elsewhere, they like Hillary 95% of the time.
Hmmm…well surely we will be able to see her true conservatism emerge with consumer groups, because we all know she is a corporate lackey…or “corporatist” as some here like to call her…surely U.S. PIRG, which is the “federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), that takes on powerful interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being”…would be concerned about her record.
Damn…they liked her 100% of the time in 2005 too…
Well clearly Hillary’s rock star status, money, and name recognition account for her being able to bamboozle all of these organizations…
But…surely our enemies on the right can see her value as a conservative…
Let’s take a look.
How about the National Right to Life Committee, I mean if any organization would cheer the shift in position so many here claim she has made, they would…let’s see if they saw it…
Hmm weird…they give her a big fat 0
Ok that was only one…maybe they weren’t paying attention
How about the U.S Chamber of Commerce…I mean if she is the huge friend of corporate American so many here claim, surely the Chamber would see it…
Are you kidding me…they only gave her a 35 pro business rating…hmmm…well that is higher than some of the other conservative groups…maybe they are beginning to see the light…but just to be sure…lets see how they rate other Democrats…particularly those we know to be solidly liberal..
Ok this is weird…Henry Waxman gets a 38…and Barack Obama gets a 39…what is going on? (oh wait, I forgot, Obama is a corporate sellout too…phew)…still that Waxman number…lets check a couple more…Jim McGovern a 35…Barney Frank a 33…John Conyers a 35…oh man even Bernie Sanders…you know SOCIALIST Bernie Sanders pulled in a 33…stop I can’t take it anymore…!
Hillary that conservative evil genius has them ALL fooled….
Ok..one more…surely the John Birch Society can be counted on to recognize one of their own…ok they give Hillary a 21…not bad it would seem…still after getting burned by the U.S. Chamber we had better check…
It can’t be…it just can’t be…Dennis Kucinich a conservative? Well probably not…but still a 37 rating from the John Birch society…
Well I guess conservative Hillary is no where to be found here at least…I guess we will have to keep relying on Liberal conventional wisdom that she is indeed one of them…damn, I thought we had her!!!
Of course, the protests to this piece centered on Clinton’s stance on the Iraq war – from the very people who claim not to be one issue voters.