[GLENN] THRUSH: When [Sanders] puts his head on a pillow at night, do you think he goes to sleep a Democrat?
CLINTON: [Laughs] Well, I can’t answer that, Glenn, because he’s a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I’m not even sure he is one. He’s running as one. So I don’t know quite how to characterize him. I’ll leave that to him. But I know there’s a big difference between Democrats and Republicans, and I know that Senator Sanders spends a lot of time attacking my husband, attacking President Obama, you know, calling President Obama weak and disappointing.
— Transcript of Politico’s Glenn Thrush interviewing Clinton, published today
Okay, so Clinton knows there’s a big difference between Democrats and Republicans, and she knows that Senator Sanders spends a lot of time attacking Clinton’s husband, attacking President Obama, you know, calling President Obama weak and disappointing.
But she doesn’t know that Sanders’s attacks on her husband’s, and on Obama’s, presidencies are that their policies were not different enough from Republicans’. She thinks instead that Sanders’ criticisms of the Clinton and Obama administrations are that those administrations’ policies were and are too different from Republican policies. Sanders’s complaint, she says, is that they gave too few concessions to the Republicans, and resisted Republicans too much. Obama has been too weak to resist Democrats’ pressures to cave to Republicans more. He gave into the Democrats–who wanted less resistance to the Republicans—Clinton says Sanders thinks, and Sanders is disappointed at Obama about that; he wanted Obama to rubber stamp the Republicans’ proposals, just as all the other Democrats wanted him to do.
I’ll take her at her word that she thinks this.