Even MSNBC is not buying Clinton’s sincerity on her recent policy position changes.
Asked if her exorbitant wealth was a problem for her ability to relate with ordinary Americans Monday, Clinton told Andrea Mitchell that she felt blessed and tossed aside the question. The answer was not satisfactory for many political experts, who see her recently discovered populism as political pandering.
The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore shredded Clinton on Monday’s Now with Alex Wagner for her decades-long schmoozing with Wall Street types.
"The question is for all politicians, including her today, when you live in a bubble of privilege, surrounded by and marinating in the worldview of elites, business elites, rich donors, can you really connect with the policy concerns of people outside of the bubble?" he asked.
Earlier in the panel’s conversation, all five panelists questioned Clinton’s authenticity on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Clinton, as Secretary of State, promoted the TPP 45 times. On Sunday, she backed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and dealt President Obama a major blow in his pursuit for a landmark trade deal.
"The Hillary of a year ago was for the trade deal. The Hillary of the announcement is against the trade deal," Slate‘s Jacob Weisberg said. "We'll have to see what Hillary she is when it comes up for the next vote. I mean that’s the reality of it, right? This is just political positioning."