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Her Sister

(6,444 posts)
Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:06 AM Mar 2016

Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton,

From a Bernie Supporter:


"... But I want to talk about what the Clinton campaign has done at the state and local level that deserves some progressive praise. In numerous districts around the nation, we simply have no one running or no one of merit running. How do you fix that? How do you change the landscape of the federal and state legislature?

Here’s what I can tell you: beginning last summer through today, the Hillary Clinton campaign has reached out, fairly agressively, to almost every state party near us. They have done so with resources and people who were willing to help. Those individuals weren’t just there to help Hillary, they often acted as facilitators for individuals who looked to run for US House, helping to connect potential candidates to resources, provide them connections with people in DC; and when state parties asked, the Clinton campaign was more than willing to go on the record and back them — whether they were a state she would win or not. These efforts seem small, but for state and county organizations, her campaign’s efforts to reach out and provide them human resources and infrastructure was desperately needed, and in some cases, her support of these issues in states helped decide whether or not the state would push for them.

For those who have criticized Hillary Clinton on many issues, I’d point out that it was her campaign that made real entreaties to state parties and encouraged them to become more progressive in their platform and legislative approach. Items like the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act push in Missouri? While numerous Missouri Democrats favored, pushes by partners and support through elements like the Clinton campaign showed many that they would have support, all the way up the ladder. When people knock her on LGBT issues because of something more than a decade ago, I point out that local groups will tell you her campaign had no problem reaching out to tell state legislators they believed in it and would stand for LGBT rights in the fall, which helped influence people to do the right thing.. not a decade ago, but in the last two months.

This is something that many in these areas haven’t seen in a while. Democrats have been too used to campaigns that said “don’t talk about this there, let’s not inject national into your state, etc.” and yet, when asked, at every turn, the Clinton campaign said yes. Repeatedly. To raise money for local candidates, to provide support for federal candidates, to help recruit federal candidates.

No matter who you endorse, this groundwork benefits all democrats, everywhere, including Bernie Sanders." ...

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Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton, (Original Post) Her Sister Mar 2016 OP
Hillary works to get Democrats elected. leftofcool Mar 2016 #1
60 votes Her Sister Mar 2016 #2
more... Her Sister Mar 2016 #3
It is ironic --that in the long run, Hillary riversedge Mar 2016 #4

Her Sister

(6,444 posts)
2. 60 votes
Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:14 AM
Mar 2016

This is how you get those votes! You help the team up and down the ballot! You forge connections. You help great Dems get elected.


Her Sister

(6,444 posts)
3. more...
Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:16 AM
Mar 2016

"I’m ready for the comments that bash Hillary. Bring it. I’ve already made up my mind and I’m already working for Bernie. But I have no interest — none — in a taking personal afront at a political campaign that represents the first time in more then a decade I’ve seen a national Democratic effort work to rebuild with real resources and outreach statehouse and local races that desperately needed someone to care. Because for all of Bernie’s talk of a revolution, the only campaign who will open their phone lines, offer support, and provide connections so far has not been the Sander’s campaign.. it’s been the Clinton people, who have not once, not in this entire election, turned down a chance to help a local candidate. Not once, at least not for me.

And sorry, that’s a progressive value I will not shy away from praising; because that work — changing our states, and the lives of people who live there — she deserves all the praise she can get for that effort.

I look forward to Bernie in the general, but all progressives should be happy that the Clinton campaign didn’t just horde their resources, they worked in every way they could to help all democrats — and they didn’t do it for praise or PR (I’m not being paid a dime by Hillary, I can tell you that), they just did it because it was the right thing to do."


(71,255 posts)
4. It is ironic --that in the long run, Hillary
Sun Mar 13, 2016, 11:44 AM
Mar 2016

may be helping Sanders (should he get the nomination---yuka yuka).

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