The failure of George McGovern had a major impact on a generation of Democrats, who believed they'd faced a painful reality about the limits of idealism in American politics. ... But it would be a shame if we disqualified every honest politician, or forever disavowed the judgment of young people, just because George McGovern lost an election four decades ago. ...MattTaibbi,RollingStone
Don't blame McGovern. And don't fall into the trap of believing the Democratic party will win only if they move toward the political center. That's what buys you the bought-'n'-paid for Hillary.
Is Hillary really doing the most good that she can do, fighting for the best deal that's there to get for ordinary people?
Or is she just doing something that satisfies her own definition of that, while taking tens of millions of dollars from some of the world's biggest jerks?
I doubt even Hillary Clinton could answer that question. She has been playing the inside game for so long, she seems to have become lost in it. She behaves like a person who often doesn't know what the truth is, but instead merely reaches for what is the best answer in that moment, not realizing the difference. ...MattTaibbi,RollingStone
I think Hillary does know the difference. I don't believe she's a good progressive who's just playing to the middle and counting on looking pragmatic. But most of all, she's one of those candidates who, as Taibbi points out, "who promise they can deliver change while also taking the money, mostly just end up taking the money."
But Hillary is a more practical choice? A tougher opponent to the likes of Trump and Cruz? Not according to the numbers. Mahablog has this:
...The argument assumes that only Hillary Clinton can beat Trump or Whatever in November. Personally, I suspect any reasonably presentable vertebrate could beat Trump in November, and Cruz, too. Current “head to head” polls, for whatever they are worth, have Clinton beating Trump by an average of 11.2 points, a factoid that has been splashed robustly all over social media as “proof” that Clinton must be supported.
But the same polls have Sanders beating Trump by 17.5 points. Likewise, Sanders does better than Clinton against Cruz.