To see the Progblog Commune go bonkers over the sudden realization that, like, holy shit, dude, Hillary Clinton is in it to win it is as enjoyably brain-slowing as beer and a well-rolled fatty. Cries Ezra Klein:
This demonstrates not only a gross ruthlessness on the part of Clinton's campaign, but an astonishingly cavalier attitude towards the preservation of the progressive coalition. To be willing to blithely rip it to shreds in order to wrest a nomination that's not been fairly earned is not only low, but a demonstration of deeply pernicious priorities -- namely, it's an explicit statement that the campaign puts its own political success above the health of the party and the pursuit of progressive goals, and one can't but help assume that's exactly the attitude they would take towards governance, too.Oh the humanity! Care for the "preservation of the progressive coalition" is like care for the preservation of the Jackalope: well-meaning, perhaps, but futile in that the little fucker doesn't actually exist. The "progressive coalition" is a synonym for online, cosmopolitan, highly-educated liberal arrivistes with aspirations toward l'élite. That's all fine and well, but it's certainly not a "coalition." Ripping it to shreds would be like rending the two-page, newsprint coupon stuffer in your mailbox, neither difficult nor significant. Hillary wants to be President. All the outrage of Ezra Klein and DailyKos are snowflakes on the wind. When has either Clinton ever embraced "the pursuit of progressive goals," whatever those are. I mean, the straight line from failing to jury-rig universal health care out of the extant insurance system to cruise-missiling an aspirin factory to sending the boys into Iraq and Afghanistan isn't especially straight, nor particularly progressive as I understand the term. Not that it matters. I mean, let's say that Hillary C. uses a lot of parliamentary hoo-dee-doo to squirrel out a victory in a close nomination fight. Ezra and Chris Bowers and Matt Stoller and the rest of 'em can twist their panties as tight as they like, but in the immortal words of Senator J. Billington Bullworth: What are you gonna do, vote Republican?