Monday, April 13, 2015

Clinton must go big with progressive agenda and economic populism

Here is John Nichols at The Nation with comments on Clinton's populist agenda. Is her messaging, her commitment, tough enough to win?

Clinton is running another race for the presidency, and this time she is starting with the populist themes she used at the end of her last race. That's progress—for her, for her party and maybe for her country. But that's not enough progress. Clinton needs to be pinned down on the details and prodded to go big.

Activist pressure is essential, and it may move Clinton some. But a real race for the nomination, as opposed to a coronation, is the best guarantee that the party will produce a sufficiently populist nominee to strike the chords that will inspire voters. If Clinton is not up to the task, then Democrats had better find an alternative. If Clinton recognizes that she must not merely note the crisis but address it—recognizing the concerns about her record and answering them with an economic agenda that makes real the populist promise—then she will have the right message for a nomination fight and for a November fight that will require a lot more than platitudes.

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