Secret Emails Show Lack Of Support For Hillary Clinton Among Democratic Activists
According to secret emails reviewed by The Hill, some influential Democratic Party members are less than enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president. The Google group called “Gamechanger Salon,” hosts 1,500 Democratic Party aligned operatives in activism and media. A years worth of emails revealed “significant dissatisfaction” with Hillary Clinton.
The group includes members of the Sierra Club, NARAL, union leaders, as well as writers for the Huffington Post, The Nation, and other Democratic Party aligned outlets. The emails reveal a frustration with Hillary Clinton due to her support of the Iraq war and close relationship with Wall Street. Elizabeth Warren is continually mentioned as an alternative party candidate.
In the emails spanning over a year — starting in June 2013 through July of this year — frustration with Clinton is evident. Clinton’s too much of a hawk, too cozy with Wall Street, hasn’t spoken out enough on climate change, and will be subject to personal questions and criticisms, members of the group stated in the emails…
The progressives expressed an appetite for an alternative to Clinton to teach her — and those from the centrist wing of the party — a lesson. Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has repeatedly said she won’t run for president, but some on the left aren’t convinced.
That Hillary Clinton was starting out from a deficit with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was no secret, but the emails reveal even establishment friendly activists and writers consider another Clinton presidency a non-starter. While the mainstream media screams that Hillary Clinton is inevitable, the ground beneath their feet is shifting in an eerily familiar way. Could we see a 2008 repeat upset?
Elizabeth Warren has continually said she is not running for president in 2016. Though based on the emails this seems to have not deterred members of the group who want an alternative to Clinton. If Warren ran it would also provide an opportunity to support a candidacy that would lead to the first woman being president of the US – a milestone many progressives would like to see crossed though not necessarily with Hillary Clinton.