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Hillary announces, Progressives already getting thrown under bus

It’s not even damned if we do, damned if we don’t. It’s just damned.

Of course you’ve probably heard that Hillary has finally announced, on Twitter no less.

I’m not Luddite. I realize this is the 21st Century. Maybe that’s just how kids these days do things. Even so, I can’t help but see this particular approaching to messaging, for this message in particular, as anything but dismissive, even contemptuous of the election process and of the electorate. It feels about as tacky as when folks first started sending holiday email newsletters.

Now that I’ve got the minor quibble out of the way, lets talk about progressives.

Less than two weeks ago, progressive hero Elizabeth Warren urged voters to give peace Hillary a chance:

“I think we need to give her a chance, if she is going to run, and to declare,” Warren said on NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday. “And to lay out what she wants to run on. I think that is her opportunity to” champion issues the senators feels are important.

As much as I like Warren, this causes me to have grave doubts about her now. Warren’s no idiot. She knows what Hillary’s made of. To me, this just boils down to, ‘let’s just see how well Hillary can pander to the progressive caucus to get their vote,” without the honesty to warn us not to believe a word of it.

Then I get this in an email from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:

“Today begins an important stage of the national conversation. Democratic leaders, progressives, and many Americans hope Clinton focuses it on big, bold, economic populist ideas. We are ready for boldness.”

Really? Even a big chunk of the progressive caucus wants us to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt on the basis of empty words and no record to back up anything but doubts? Seems to me, even the progressives are on the verge of throwing us under the bus.

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  1. I have no doubt we will get bold progressive ideas. Just like we did in 2008. I don’t vote on talk. I vote on what the candidate’s past record tells me about who he or she really is.