The Overton Widow Theory if you have not heard of it represents the positions that an elected official can take actions or positions without causing duress to their supporters and putting their future at risk. Hillary Clinton has been nominated to be the Democratic Presidential candidate and her supporters are thrilled. The historic nature of the first woman to be nominated to by a major party is a big deal. However, with the air of scandal that she faces her supporters have given her Carte Blanche or at minimum a very large Overton Window.

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With the resignation of Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Hillary had this to say; “I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program” and this “I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.” She does not condemn the actions of Debbie. She does the opposite, sending the message if you are corrupt in Hillary’s favor it is excusable and you will be protected.

As for her supporters it is very difficult to find how big her window is.  Trump was criticized for declaring that he could walk down 5th avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn’t lose any votes and he may have been right as scary as that is. But, if you are a democrat or recently left the party because of taking issue with things that Hillary has said or done you are met with disdain and abuse. Most politicians have a scandal or two Hillary has several. That may or may not be ok with you, but ask yourself this, what would a public official have to do to lose your support. Then reexamine what Hillary has done.