gtn130 wrote:doclinkin wrote:I think Hillary was stung by the nasty turn of politics in the Newt Gingrich "Contract on America" era (sic), and ever since was overly protective of her personal opinions and private self.
Yeah, I agree with this, and I think it pretty much defined her identity as a politician since then. In the 80s/90s she was a vocal advocate for change and was genuinely a progressive feminist. The Newt Gingrich class of Republicans beat her into submission with constant barrages of unfair misogynistic criticism that totally shaped the narrative around her to the point that she had to remake herself as a boring technocratic centrist. Her willingness to compromise and cave to Republican criticism really doomed her in a lot of ways.
I watched the Hillary documentary on Hulu a few months ago and it changed my perspective about her a little bit - I think she was constantly forced into lose-lose situations by bad actors.
This. Completely agree. Their propaganda worked extremely well. How much of that is her
fault is debatable but that she was the concentrated focus of a campaign to (character)
assassinate her is undeniable. Conservatives knew very well she was a threat.