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Hillary Clinton fired a proverbial shot across the bow of the progressive left faction that dominates the Democratic Party today, warning that their quest to force their agenda — see socialism — is not going to win elections.
With an eye on the 2022 midterms, the failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told MSNBC host Willie Geist in an interview recorded earlier this month that aired in part Thursday that an inability to “get things done” could result in the party losing its razor thin control of Congress — the interview had a prospecting feel to it, as if Clinton, who looks every bit her 74 years of age, was testing the waters to see how the party might receive her running for president for a third time.
“I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” Clinton said. “I understand why people want to argue for their priorities. That’s what they believe they were elected to do.”
The former secretary of state under Barack Obama said she was “all about having vigorous debate. I think it’s good, and it gives people a chance to be part of the process.”
“But at the end of the day it means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive,” Clinton added.
The remark reflective of Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia, being attacked by the progressive wing after he announced that he would not vote for President Biden’s massive Build Back Better social welfare spending bill — far-left Democrats held off on voting for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to pressure Manchin to get onboard.
Saying the coming election is going to be “an intense period” for the Democratic Party — most expectations are that the party will lose control of both the House and Senate — Clinton cited the November election outcome in Virginia, where Republican Glenn Youngkin was elected governor, as well as the outcome in New Jersey, where incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy barely held on, to suggest that voters have “different kinds of motivations.”
“This is a phenomenon that is as much psychological and cultural as it is political. Democrats get elected… to fix things,” she claimed, before taking a cheap shot at Fox News.
“If you’re living in an ecosystem like we are now where lies are the currency for the other side, and whether it’s Fox News or Breitbart or social media the lies never end, and they are well designed to make people uneasy, to make people frustrated,” Clinton said, before suggesting that is what took place in Virginia with the focus on critical race theory being taught in school.
Her stance is eerily similar to that of Democratic strategist James Carville, who helped Bill Clinton get elected president. After the November election, Carville blasted the left’s woke agenda.
“What went wrong was this stupid wokeness. Don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington. I mean, this defund the police lunacy, this ‘take Abraham Lincoln’s name off schools,’ people see that,” Carville said.
He said the progressive left has a “suppressive effect” on Democratic prospects at the ballot box, suggesting that they need to “detox” from their radical politics.
“Some of these people need to go to a woke detox center or something. They’re expressing language people just don’t use and there’s a backlash and a frustration at that,” he said. “Suburbanites in northern Virginia [and] New Jersey, you know, pulled away a little bit. Youngkin never ran any ads against Biden.”
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