Former presidential candidate and once upon a time the first lady, Hillary Clinton slammed progressive Democrats this month, seeming to blame them for the inability of the Democrat-controlled Congress to “get things done,” and indicated they could be the cause of potential party losses in the 2022 midterm elections.
During an interview earlier this month Clinton beseeched Democrats to start thinking about the party’s potential to win elections overall and not just in deep-blue districts where they were assured victory.
When Clinton was asked what she saw as the current state of the Democratic Party, she responded by saying, “I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” Clinton said. “I understand why people want to argue for their priorities. That’s what they believe they were elected to do.”
“Look, I’m all about having a vigorous debate. I think it’s good, and it gives people a chance to be part of the process,” she added. “But, at the end of the day it means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive.”
Clinton’s comments come following a Republican upset in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, as well as a wave of Democratic House members announcing their pending retirements.
Tensions between progressives and moderate Democrats seemed to reach an all-time high this month as President Biden’s signature Build Back Better agenda stalled. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., infuriated liberal colleagues after he announced he would not support the massive spending bill passed by Democrats in the House, effectively killing it with all 50 Senate Republicans also in opposition.
Progressives slammed Manchin following his announcement and called on Biden to instead use executive action to implement parts of the legislation.