Krystal Ball, one of four progressives who together make up MSNBC’s left-wing love-fest “The Cycle,” called on Hillary Clinton to cede the Democratic nomination to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“I deeply respect Hillary Clinton,” Ball began. “I think she’s a great intellect with great fortitude. I think she was a strong secretary of state, a hardworking and effective senator. But I’ve come to a difficult realization: I don’t want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I do not think she is the right person for this moment.”
The MSNBC host noted that she rejected the “Obama bandwagon” in 2008 and backed Hillary, believing that was the moment America was ready for the other Clinton.
“That moment has passed,” she declared. “We are now in a moment of existential crisis. As a country we are recovering slowly from the ‘Great Recession,’ but as we pick our heads up and look around at where we’re heading, we don’t like what we see.”
Her problems are the usual progressive laundry list: excessive profits while “workers get the shaft,” “corporations hijacking our politics,” “two economies,” et cetera. “Does Hillary Clinton sound like the right person to you for this moment?” she asked.
“Is someone who sat on the rabidly anti-union board of Walmart for six years the right person to restore workers rights?” she continued. “At a time when we’re still reeling from a global financial disaster brought on by foolhardy bank regulation, is someone who recently took $400,000 to give two speeches at Goldman Sachs the person we need to wrest control of the asylum back from the banking inmates?”
The Democratic nomination should go to someone “mission-driven, who’s clearly passionate, living and breathing and feeling in their bones the plight of the worker, of the middle class,” Ball said.
Cue a video of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, creator of the Dodd-Frank enforcement agency and darling of the liberal elite.
“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea, God bless! Keep a big hunk of it!” Warren thunders. “But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay it forward to the next kid who comes along.”
The MSNBC host seems upset she’s been forced to throw Clinton under the bus. “To be clear, I would back Hillary with all my heart against any Republican,” she explains, “and I would even support Hillary over most Democrats. But her entry into the race would likely keep out Elizabeth Warren or another middle-class champion.”
“So while I admire and respect Secretary Clinton deeply,” she concluded, “I must say: Don’t run, Hillary. Don’t run.”
A survey from Public Policy Polling last month found Clinton dominant among Democratic voters in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire, with 65 percent supporting the former secretary of state versus just 8 percent in Warren’s camp. But Barack Obama polled similarly — if he polled at all — in 2006. So is Ball’s monologue a futile effort to halt the Hillary tsunami — or an early sign of a progressive insurgency against the Clinton machine?
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