With 570+ Days of Presidential Campaign To Look Forward To…

a little satire is just what I need (boldface mine):

Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Paves Way for Progressives to Abandon Principles Very Early in 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton’s long-anticipated announcement that she will run for president in the 2016 election paves the way for progressives to abandon their principles and values much earlier than previous elections.

A number of progressives are not likely to wait this time for the Democratic Party’s primary to unfold because they contend it is inevitable Clinton will be ordained as the party’s nominee. Since her nomination is inevitable to them, such progressives will begin their quadrennial ritual now of rationalizing their vote, lowering their expectations and engaging in anti-democratic, intellectually dishonest arguments about America’s political system….

After Socialist Seattle city council member, Kshama Sawant, described the importance of a left alternative to the Democratic Party establishment, Joe Conason, a columnist with a history of ardently defending the Clintons, argued, “You have to start with where you are and the choices you really have. That’s my view.”

“It’s fine to have these discussions and fantasize about whatever you’d like to see happen. And I share a lot of the aspirations that anybody would have about a more progressive government in the United States.” Then, Conason added that the election would probably come down to a candidate like Rand Paul and a candidate like Hillary Clinton.

Typically, these kind of statements from progressives would not come until after a politician had secured the Democratic Party’s nomination. This round, however, it seems there are many progressives, who would like to forego the primary process entirely and fall in line behind Clinton. Undoubtedly, there are autocratic leaders in countries (which have potentially donated money to the Clinton Foundation), who wish they could manifest this attitude so easily among the people they rule.

Actually, I don’t think the author meant to write satire.

In all seriousness, if you don’t even try to force Democratic politicians’ hands, they will never even come close to offering what you might want. Clinton has a record, and some of it is pretty bad (some of it is pretty good). She really does need to explain somethings (support for Grand Bargain-like deals on Social Security comes to mind). Let’s not go all fanboi/fangrl right now.

A word to wise: there is a group of progressive who, in 2008, lined up behind Clinton instead of Obama. By doing so, they forewent the opportunity to work in a mid-level White House job which can then be parlayed into a nice private sector job. While I don’t doubt their sincerity, there are some professional progressives out there on the internets. Their personal interests might not jibe perfectly with yours. Just saying.

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