She supported NAFTA and welfare reform publicly and repeatedly. Any suggestion that she didn't was so well-hidden that the only witnesses were former employees - all of whom remained silent until she yanked their chains to claim that she had silently opposed it.
In fact, this is the first I've ever heard that she supposedly opposed welfare reform - and I've been bringing it up from day one. Really, tell me another one.
Otherwise, the suggestion that welfare reform was a "significant improvement" is ridiculous. Clinton's own HHS secretary, Peter Edelman, resigned in protest over the damn thing. Do you think he believed it was a "significant improvement?" Did Clinton's much-touted mentor, Marian Wright Edelman, believe it was a "significant improvement?" Hell no.
I am so tired of the effort to airbrush Clinton's participation in the worst offenses of her husband's administration. She can and should be held accountable for her participation.
That she's inviting us to contrast Hillary's "hard working" supporters - "average" Americans - against those other people who aren't so hard working, or so average, as them.
The "latte" drinkers, who aren't hard-working, who are barely human, let alone American.
These culture wars are bullshit when Republicans fight them and they are destructive when Democrats fight them. But don't let that stop you - ride it to victory, if you can. I'll be glad when the time comes when that sort of campaign isn't as good a bet as it is now.