Activist Monday: Hillary’s Coming-Out Party
Posted June 15, 2015on:
Good Monday, all! This Saturday, as most of us are aware, Hillary Clinton gave her first major speech of the campaign in New York, and by my lights, it was a smashing success. She hit all the right notes, from her shout-outs to FDR (the location of her speech and the four pillars of her platform, mirroring FDR’s Four Freedoms), to her positions on income inequality, taking action on climate change and creating jobs, voting rights for all, equal pay for equal work, the overturning of Citizens United, freedom from discrimination for LGBT, and pretty much everything a good FDR Democrat’s heart would desire. Everything, that is, except her stand on the TPP.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to work with congressional Democrats who rejected his trade agenda last week, and to seek tougher labor protections in a proposed Pacific trade deal.
Clinton had until now declined to take a stand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but her comments amounted to an implicit rebuke of Obama and a nod toward liberal critics of the deal.
At a campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton said Obama should work with opponents like House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who engineered the defeat of a related trade package last week.
“I am willing to try now to see whether you can push to get rid of the objectionable parts, to drive a harder bargain on some of the other parts,” Clinton said.
If Obama does not get the best deal possible, “there should be no deal,” said Clinton, who is the front-runner among candidates to be the Democratic Party nominee for the November 2016 election.
With her landmark speech, her new campaign video, “Fighter,” and her first public foray into taking on Obama directly on domestic issues, I feel like for the first time since 2007, we are seeing the real Hillary Clinton.
In the last campaign, as we all know too well, Our Girl was betrayed by her own Party, who engineered Obama’s “victory” through a torturous and corrupt process involving changing DNC rules, over-weighting red-state caucuses, and assigning “half-vote” status to delegate-heavy states Clinton won decisively. Every time she or anyone in her campaign dared to say anything negative about Obama, criticizing him either on policy issues or on the way he was running his nasty, sexist campaign, Hillary was viciously lambasted in the media, while Obama got a pass on…well, everything. In short, she was hamstrung, unable to fully be herself and say what she wanted to say.
To those of us immune to the Obama Love Virus spread by the adoring mainstream media and the “progressive” outlets, however, it seemed clear that despite the restrictions placed on her by the DNC, Hillary was the one who was truly laying out a progressive agenda, not Obama. And so it was…7 years later, Obama’s only real left-leaning accomplishment remains the Affordable Care Act – and even that was based on Mitt Romney’s plan as Governor of Massachusetts, straight from the decidedly-Not-Liberal brains at the Heritage Institute. In terms of fiscal, economic and military policy, Obama hewed fairly closely to Bush’s agenda, as we feared he would.
But now, Obama’s eight-year term is coming to an end, and Hillary, with the full support of her Party at last, is free – free to express her true beliefs, the way she truly wants to. The only other Democrats running are not serious contenders, and besides, they are positioning themselves to her left, providing her with air cover to court liberals as enthusiastically as she wants. This is it – her coming-out party, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s coming next!
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