Activist Monday: Hillary Courts “Progressives”
Posted April 20, 2015on:
Good Monday, all! What an awesome week it was for us Original PUMAs as we all celebrated the return of Our Girl to the Presidential race! Her first moves out of the gate have been brilliantly unexpected: that low-key video boldly declaring her support for marriage equality! that trek to Iowa in a Scooby bus, stopping at a Chipotle along the way!
Some things she’s doing, however, are not so unexpected. For example – she is making nice-nice with the self-titled “liberal wing” of the Party. (As many of us here know, they are not actually the liberal wing – they are the Obama wing who have CDS. If they were real liberals, they would have been as wary of Obama as we were.)
During the opening week of her second presidential campaign, Clinton showed she had retooled her positions to line up with the views of progressive Democrats. On Monday, she called for a constitutional amendment that would limit “unaccountable money” in politics. Days later, she said through her campaign that she supports same-sex marriage being recognized as a constitutional right in a pending Supreme Court case. After that, her campaign said she now supports state policies awarding licenses to people in the country illegally.
Such do-overs are part of an effort by Clinton to rectify past missteps and assure the liberal wing of her party that in 2016, she will be change they’ve been waiting for.
While Clinton enters the race in a dominant position, she faces skepticism from some Democrats who question her commitment to tackling income inequality.
“Equal opportunity and upward mobility have been very central to her political ideals from the start,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and has known Hillary Clinton since college. “I just don’t know how courageous she will be in fighting for them.”
Yes, we all know how wimpy and cautious Hillary is, especially when fighting for things she believes in. It was so cowardly of her to stand up and declare in 1995 that “women’s rights are human rights.” And oh, how she backs off when threatened by the right-wing noise machine! Why, for 20 years she’s been changing her positions and adjusting her language so they’ll stop attacking her! Sorry, I like Robert Reich and all, but where the f*ck does he get off?!
I know you won’t be surprised to learn that Reich is not alone in his reservations.
Clinton is not in the clear with liberals yet.
Liberal organizations say they plan to continue their push to draft [Senator Elizabeth] Warren, and Democrats in early voting states say Clinton has work to do if she wants to be assured of winning the nomination.
Oh my gawd. Seriously?! What is the point of focusing on Elizabeth Warren and pushing her to run? What qualifies her to be President…what proof is there that she would be a better and more liberal President than Hillary? Oh right, I forgot…she is a one-term Senator with very little political experience who talks a good game. The “progressives” love people with that profile. Only thing is, I like her a lot – she rings true, unlike their last favorite. This is good, because as talented as she is, she seems to understand that this is not the year to challenge Hillary. The idiots with CDS, on the other hand? They just don’t get it. (Funny how the site looks just like the standard Obama template, isn’t it?)
In any case, Hillary is all over that one too.
Hillary Clinton used Times Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list to pay tribute to Elizabeth Warren, a lawmaker some liberals hope will challenge the former secretary of state for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
In the short piece, Clinton touts Warren as a champion for the middle class and nods to the duos interesting relationship when she writes that Warren “never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”
The story goes on to say that, sad to say for those who wish for an epic catfight between the two powerful women, Hillary and Elizabeth are friendly. Imagine that!
Unfortunately, not all powerful women support Hillary…or other women. Check out this female CEO, Cheryl Rios, who thinks women shouldn’t be President.
In her Facebook post, Rios wrote of the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
“If this happens — I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country — but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the president, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”
What hormones?! Hillary is in her 60’s…both menses and menopause are very much a thing of the past. Ah well, science obviously isn’t this wackadoodle’s strong point. And the whole “I’m moving to Canada” threat? Those conservabots all say they’re going to do it…but d*mmit, they never do.
This is an open thread. [Note: Video is NSFW…and is satire. Canada is a perfectly lovely country. :-)]
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