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Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:06 AM

 

Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton,

From a Bernie Supporter:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/1/21/1473138/-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?

Hereís 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 werenít 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 ó whether they were a state she would win or not. These efforts seem small, but for state and county organizations, her campaignís 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, Iíd 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 havenít seen in a while. Democrats have been too used to campaigns that said ďdonít talk about this there, letís not inject national into your state, etc.Ē 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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Her Sister Mar 2016 OP
leftofcool Mar 2016 #1
Her Sister Mar 2016 #2
Her Sister Mar 2016 #3
riversedge Mar 2016 #4

Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:11 AM

1. Hillary works to get Democrats elected.

She works on all levels and raises money for other Democrats.

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:14 AM

2. 60 votes

 

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.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:16 AM

3. more...

 

"Iím ready for the comments that bash Hillary. Bring it. Iíve already made up my mind and Iím already working for Bernie. But I have no interest ó none ó in a taking personal afront at a political campaign that represents the first time in more then a decade Iíve 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 Bernieís talk of a revolution, the only campaign who will open their phone lines, offer support, and provide connections so far has not been the Sanderís campaign.. itís 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, thatís a progressive value I will not shy away from praising; because that work ó changing our states, and the lives of people who live there ó 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 didnít just horde their resources, they worked in every way they could to help all democrats ó and they didnít do it for praise or PR (Iím not being paid a dime by Hillary, I can tell you that), they just did it because it was the right thing to do."

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 11:44 AM

4. It is ironic --that in the long run, Hillary

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

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