Hillary Clinton is dubbed the "sharpest woman in the room" until feigning ignorance proves more politically expedient. During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Democrat frontrunner was asked if she is "part of the [Democrat/D.C.] establishment."
Clinton, of course, refused to answer directly, instead saying she doesn't even "understand" what establishment even means. The interview is featured above and below is the transcript:
WOLF BLITZER, CNN: Bernie Sanders says his campaign is taking on the political establishment saying your endorsements for example from the Human Rights Campaign, from Planned Parenthood are because you're part of the establishment. Are you?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I have to say I didn't understand that at all. Planned Parenthood does so much on the front lines to provide women and men health care, often low income people, people who don't have any alternative. And of course we know that Planned Parenthood has been under attack constantly from the Republicans both in Congress and in many states. And the Human Rights Campaign has been in the forefront of making sure that LGBT Americans are not discriminated against. They help to lead the battle for marriage equality.
I really don't understand what he means by that. These are two of the really great human rights progressive organizations in our country. I've worked with both of them a long time. I've worked to get results for the people that they represent and serve and I'm proud to have endorsements from both of them.
WOLF BLITZER: But are you the establishment?
HILLARY CLINTON: I just don't understand what that means. He's been in Congress. He's been elected to office a lot longer than I have. I was in the Senate for eight wonderful years representing New York. He's been in the Congress for 25. And so I'll let your viewers make their own judgment.
As if being a member of the establishment only consists of how long one has served in public office. A person can be a junior senator with less than one year under his or her belt and still be "establishment" in terms of political agenda, votes and initiatives. Of course the former senator knows this well, but chose to play the bewildered card instead. That's convenient.