October 21, 2016


WikiLeaks poisons Hillary's relationship with left : After learning how Clinton feels about them, liberals vow to push back against her agenda and appointments. (KENNETH P. VOGEL 10/21/16, Politico)

Some of the left's most influential voices and groups are taking offense at the way they and their causes were discussed behind their backs by Clinton and some of her closest advisers in the emails, which swipe liberal heroes and causes as "puritanical," "pompous", "naive", "radical" and "dumb," calling some "freaks," who need to "get a life." [...]

[A]mong progressive operatives, goodwill for Clinton -- and confidence in key advisers featured in the emails including John Podesta, Neera Tanden and Jake Sullivan -- is eroding as WikiLeaks continues to release a daily stream of thousands of emails hacked from Podesta's Gmail account that is expected to continue until Election Day.

Liberal groups and activists are assembling opposition research-style dossiers of the most dismissive comments in the WikiLeaks emails about icons of their movement like Clinton's Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders, and their stances on trade, Wall Street reform, energy and climate change. And some liberal activists are vowing to use the email fodder to oppose Clinton policy proposals or appointments deemed insufficiently progressive.

"We were already kind of suspicious of where Hillary's instincts were, but now we see that she is who we thought she was," said one influential liberal Democratic operative. "The honeymoon is going to be tight and small and maybe nonexistent," the operative said.

The emails, which also show Clinton praising Wall Street in a manner that's discordant with her tough campaign rhetoric, have made many progressives less inclined to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt on nominees with more centrist backgrounds or ties to Wall Street, said the operative. "Some of the first fights that she is going to be dealing with are going to be personnel fights like about who she's going to pick for Treasury, (Securities and Exchange Commission), Education and Labor, and for regulatory agencies like the (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) and the (Federal Trade Commission). Progressives are going to be on guard."

She's a New Democrat, not a Progressive.

Posted by at October 21, 2016 10:19 AM