Full disclosure: I supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries with my vote and my wallet and I repeated that in the general election.
After losing the 2016 presidential election and wandering off for her literal walk in the woods, Hillary Clinton left a huge vacuum in the structure of the Democratic Party. One that hasn’t been filled yet. Senator Bernie Sanders apparently lost interest and drifted off. Senator Elizabeth Warren shows some warmth but she isn’t setting the place on fire. The new leadership of the Democratic National Committee, Chairman Tom Perez and Vice-Chair Keith Ellison are working as hard as they can. At some point their efforts may start to yield fruit…but they need room to work.
And there are a number of other grass root movements like Indivisible and the various Resist groups whose voices are growing. We’ve had marches and protests that have garnered serious press and serious attention in Washington. They’ve invigorated hundreds of thousands of Americans and they shouldn’t be co-opted or stifled in any way, shape, or form and allowed to organically develop however their membership decides.
So having Ms. Clinton re-appear on the scene and announce her new organization: Onwardtogether.org, takes the wind out of everybody else’s sails. I don’t begrudge her her success but she can’t distract the limited resources available away from the other groups and candidates. Even though her initial goal is fundraising for these grass root groups and training candidates…it doesn’t need to be done this way.
At this point the Democratic Party needs younger leaders…new voices…renewed energy…and a new vision. And yes I wish we could have elected her in 2016…but we didn’t. So she should finish her book…do the book tour…do the interviews…do the speeches…but leave active politics behind. She helped get us where we are but she can’t get us where we need to go.