June 13, 2006


Why Pretend That Hillary Is Progressive? (Norman Solomon, June 12, 2006, AlterNet)

The scheduled speech by Sen. Hillary Clinton at the "Take Back America 2006" conference in Washington on June 13 is likely to intensify discussion about her relationship with the progressive grassroots of the Democratic Party.

Many weeks ago the conference sponsor, the Campaign for America's Future, sent out an email telling prospective attendees: "As in years past, we expect America's most prominent progressive leaders to attend and address the conference. Invited speakers include..." On the list was Hillary Clinton. [...]

[Jonathan Tasini, the longtime union activist who's running -- on an antiwar and all-around progressive platform -- against Clinton in this year's Democratic primary for senator from New York, ] points out that Hillary Clinton remains for the war in Iraq, for so-called "free trade" agreements and for the death penalty. She supported the notorious 2001 bankruptcy bill, "has never been for single-payer health insurance" and has worked hard to undermine a host of other progressive positions.

In the interests of truth-in-labeling, shouldn't Hillary Clinton be described as anti-progressive?

It's not sufficient just to oppose the progressives--she needs to actually propose, or better yet help pass, some compassionate conservative legislation--but it's a good start.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2006 10:27 PM

"Progressive?" We accept the use of the word "progressive" to describe peace-creep scum?

Don't we know what kind of "progress" they stand for?

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 13, 2006 11:04 PM

progressive is derogatory.

Posted by: oj at June 13, 2006 11:11 PM

It's like cowboy to Americans - the world thinks it's an insult and they think it's something to be proud of.

I prefer to cut to the chase and call them what they are, socialists.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 14, 2006 12:47 AM

Hilary Clinton's politics are whatever is necessary to further her political career be it conservative, "progressive", or socialist.

Posted by: Bartman at June 14, 2006 8:04 AM

Yes, in the Anglosphere that makes her Third Way--we all win.

Posted by: oj at June 14, 2006 8:25 AM

Hillary wants power the same way Chirac wants power. She wants to be the head of "the ruling class". No egalitie there.

George Bush is quite different. He is more like Reagan. They serve, and then they leave.

Hillary is almost a clone of Nixon.

Bill was more like Warren G. Harding.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 14, 2006 11:28 AM


Posted by: oj at June 14, 2006 11:32 AM

If by winning you mean bending over and grabbing your ankles. Then again, she is even more of a Man Whose Bitch... than Sean Connery.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 14, 2006 2:08 PM