Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. It is not Cinco de Mayo today — but it is Mexican Independence Day. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.
Now we’re finally hearing from Clinton in book form and on the lecture circuit. Her reflections on such a pivotal moment in U.S. history, one might think, would be welcome.
Or not. In fact, some of her most vocal supporters want her to “go away,” including Opinion contributing writer Melissa Batchelor Warnke:
It is not the book that bothers. It’s the accompanying media tour — it’s the inevitable distraction from issues on which
Democratsare finally pushing forward. It’s a refracturing of Clinton supporters and those of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a scratching at old wounds that are finally starting to heal, and redrawing divisions between organizations that are beginning to build together. Trumpshores his base up by attacking others, and having Clinton back on the scene gives Trump prime ammunition after he’s been weakened by a series of legislative and leadership failures. Trump has finally been forced to work with Democrats; for Pete’s sake, he’s having Chuck and Nancy over for dinner tonight. Please do not let the price of Clinton’s renewed visibility be another round of Trump leading his minions in ever more demented “Lock her up!” chants.
People who hated Clinton last time — whether because they saw her as a corporate centrist warmonger or because they believed she was corruptible and inauthentic — will still hate her after reading this book. Her voice is defiant enough to anger those on the far right who always thought she just talked a little too damn much for a woman. And leftists will note that she fails to challenge any of her original premises or policy prescriptions. ...
Our political system has changed immeasurably since November 2016. Standards and norms have flown out the window. Partisan rancor is exceptionally high, with inter- and intra-aisle fighting encouraged by the president himself. The Trump administration has radicalized not just those on the right, but those on the left. The ranks of organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America are swelling; true progressives are starting to find a voice within dusty Democratic organizations; and Democratic representatives are finally starting to show some spine and unify around ideas such as single-payer healthcare, for which Sanders paved the way.
Clinton has the right to her book and her media tour. But if she’d focus on herself rather than on advising and rebuking those on the left, she’d help the party she claims to love move forward into a winning future.
This is a fascinating portrait of Orange County’s hard-to-unseat, pro-
Imagining an Alt-Right Night at Dodger Stadium: Each fan gets a bare-chested Vladimir Putin bobblehead. No tacos or sushi are served. SUVs and monster trucks park for free, but EVs and hybrids pay a premium. Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 comes down because racism was in the past.
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