No HRC Sops for the Dead

I was reading a pretty good Jennifer Epstein/Jesse Hamilton piece at Bloomberg View about what HRC did not explicitly address in her big economics speech yesterday (e.g., Glass-Steagall), when I came across this familiar comment:

Clinton asserted that, as president, she would defend Dodd-Frank and add new regulations aimed at overseeing activities she described as “too complex and too risky.” She also said she would choose and empower regulators “who understand that too big to fail is still too big a problem.” That had Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has not always been supportive of Clinton, cheering. “There were notable overtures to the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics, and nothing major for the dwindling DLC corporate crowd,” he said, referring to the Democratic Leadership Council, a pro-business group that Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton once headed.

Yeah, Adam, the DLC “crowd” has been “dwindling” all right because the DLC has been dead for more than four years. Hell, I even wrote a “requiem” for the organization in February of 2011, and truth is the organization had been moribund for a while before that.

It’s never a particularly good sign when people in politics choose their demonological vocabulary from phenomena of an increasingly distant past. Pick on somebody who’s more your own size, Adam, and preferably somebody alive.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.