HRC’s Machine: Unity or Oligarchy?

There’s a piece up today at MSNBC by Alex Seitz-Wald that indirectly illustrates the cognitive dissonance afflicting conversations on the left and center-left these days. Seitz-Wald documents the heavy, heavy influence of former Obama staffers (from the White House years but also from 2008) in the emerging structure of HRC 2.0. We are left with the strong impression this illustrates the extent to which the Democratic Party is united behind her candidacy.

That does not account for the subcurrent of feeling on the Democratic Left that Obama betrayed his progressive supporters from 2008 and joined the Clintonian Wall Street Democratic oligarchy about ten minutes after taking the oath of office. From this perspective, Obamabots are coming home to their natural leadership by getting behind HRC.

It’s interesting how the earlier intra-Democratic debate over Bill Clinton’s legacy has been almost entirely subsumed by a similar debate over Obama’s. If the front-runner for 2016 had a different last name, that might be a bit more obvious.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.