The Clinton’s rang in the New Year by leaping left and taking a high profile role in the inauguration of New York City progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio. Bill Clinton presided over the public but unofficial swearing-in ceremony on New Year’s Day as Hillary watched close by.
The aggressive move by team Clinton was no doubt the unofficial announcement of Hillary’s run for president.
For Hillary to get the nod from Democrats she must take a hard left turn to get the nomination and de Blasio could give her the progressive backing to head-off a challenger from the left. Recall then Senator Barack Obama beat Hillary to the left during the 2008 Democrat primary.
At the event, Bill Clinton endorsed de Blasio’s style of progressive politics by hammering away at the income inequality problem saying, “This inequality problem bedevils our entire country, and, I can tell you from my work, much of the world.”
The Daily Beast captured the essence of de Blasio’s speech regarding his progressive plans to level the playing field:
“But we know that our mission reaches deeper,” de Blasio said. “We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”
He invoked the memory of liberal champions ranging from FDR to Harry Belafonte, who had just addressed the gathering at city hall at the start of the ceremony, with a heartfelt call for greater racial justice.
“It’s that tradition that inspires the work we now begin,” de Blasio now said. “A movement that sees the inequality crisis we face today, and resolves that it will not define our future.”
With the Democrats running far left most likely with Hillary Clinton, I sure hope Republicans can nominate a true conservative to provide Americans with two clear visions for our country – conservative versus progressive. We can’t afford to run against Hillary with an establishment, squishy Republican.