Hillary's flip-flop on TPP shows how dumb she thinks we are

Do Republican operatives think it is news to the American people after the decades of knowledge we have about Clinton that she is shifty? No one cares. That she will obfuscate to the point of congressional inquiry? No one is surprised. That she will flip-flop according to poll numbers? No one thinks otherwise! What matters is whether people think she’ll fight for them, and in this economically backward way, that’s what she’s promising.

Flip-flops like these are not comparable for other politicians. It’s not as if Ted Cruz is saying he’s for raising some income tax rates, or Bernie Sanders is saying he’s for raising the Social Security retirement age. Such statements would almost certainly follow a thorough, thoughtful vetting process about the substantive pros and cons of each policy. “After long consideration and reconsideration,” and so on and so forth.

These rules do not apply to Clinton, which is why it’s pointless to make a fuss about her stated “position” on TPP. She is likely lying about what she thinks, and even if she’s not, her words have no necessary relationship with her true policy goals. The odds of Clinton pushing this agreement forward yesterday were 50/50, and today they are 50/50. It is a position taken for the sake of advantage at this juncture of a long campaign—and there is no reason she will feel bound by it once in the White House.