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The Always-Already Progressive

by Daniel Foster

Last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton — who, readers may not recall, is a former secretary of state and United States senator from New York, and is coincidentally the wife of William Jefferson Clinton — had a somewhat heated exchange with NPR’s Terry Gross over whether there was a political “calculus” behind her flip-flop on gay marriage. Clinton had been against gay marriage as a presidential candidate in 2008, only to come out in favor shortly after leaving the State Department in 2013.

Madam Secretary, who both resented and resembled Gross’s remark, let the host have it for “playing with [her] words” and pivoted to the official script the DNC issued sometime around 2011. Her position, Clinton said, had merely “evolved.”