Originally posted July 18, 2016.
The Guardian wrongly informs readers:
“The progressive left is in the ascendance in this country,” added Keith Ellison, one of the few Democratic congressmen to back Sanders, but, like many leaders in Washington, now sliding reluctantly behind the Clinton campaign.
“For many progressives, and Democrats in general, it’s a wait-and-see moment around [Clinton’s] vice presidential pick,” said Stephanie Taylor of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), who called the imminent decision “a proxy for what we can expect from her administration.”
“If she picks someone like [Massachusetts senator] Elizabeth Warren who has this track record of fighting for the issues that people care about … that will be a signal that will energize greatly the Democratic base,” Taylor told the Guardian in an interview. Picking the moderate Virginia governor, Tim Kaine, or the US agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, would do the opposite, she warned.
Sanders ran the most successful progressive campaign in the last 50 years, so it gives us hope that the Democratic party can still be the home of progressive values,” said Alan Grayson, who is running against the Florida Republican Marco Rubio for the state’s crucial Senate seat.
In my many trips to Europe over the last half a dozen years, I can report, without reservation, that “Progressive Values” have destroyed Europe. I mean demoed the place toward near international irrelevance. Are Americans paying a lick of attention? In every country I visited, from Hungary to Slovakia, to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France, never mind Poland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy, the hard-right anti-Muslim/immigration parties are in ascendance. The swing to the right is both dramatic and compelling. “Progressive Values” have crippled old Europe to the point of final despair.