July 29, 2016

BECAUSE SHE'S NOT A pROGRESSIVE:

Clinton Writes Off the Left : Tim Kaine is a rebuke to disaffected progressives. (MICHAEL TRACEY • July 29, 2016, American Conservative)

Even after a charged, protracted Democratic primary season that revealed deep philosophical fractures in the party, Hillary's willingness to cater to actors on her left remains minimal. Accordingly, the historic Sanders delegate walkout is emblematic of what should now be obvious: there is a level of hostility toward Hillary among activist-minded progressives that never existed toward Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012. For one thing, the composition of the party has changed dramatically over eight years. Ideological progressives, who in 2008 yearned principally for emancipation from the nightmare reign of George W. Bush, have since undergone gradations of radicalization: by the financial crisis, the Occupy movement, the Snowden revelations, Black Lives Matter, and other developments. Their critique of the established order is far more targeted and coherent than it was when Obama first ran. And they situate Hillary squarely within that order.

Hillary may have never won over the bulk of these people, but selecting a vice-presidential nominee who aligned somewhat with their present orientation would have at least constituted an attempt at placating them. Tim Kaine does not constitute any kind of attempt. If anything, he represents a rebuke to disaffected progressives.

Posted by at July 29, 2016 3:41 PM

  

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