William J. Astore: What you got was two self-absorbed candidates, one wonkish, the other one clearly a wanker, both of them posing as warriors as long as someone else’s kids are doing the fighting.
Dick Price: If Trump does implode and she wins by a large margin, Hillary will owe the progressive community nothing, so we’ll get the occasional kind word but precious little action on progressive social change.
Charles Hayes: The often-heard declaration that anyone would be better as president than Hillary Clinton is so steeped in the ethos of misogyny that to deny this reality is blatantly hypocritical. It’s equivalent to saying anyone would better than a neurosurgeon to operate on your brain.
Michael T. Hertz: We must decide whether there is a way that we can defeat Donald Trump without having our movement slide into the maw of the Democratic Party. Like Bernie Sanders, I believe that we can.
Robert Reich: Donald Trump isn’t just an aberration and Bernie Sanders wasn’t just a flash in the pan. Both, in very different ways, reflect a crisis in our political economy.
Peter Dreier: Her references to our Founding Fathers, and her reference to the Broadway show “Hamilton,” reminded us that all progressive change involves compromise and negotiation, which is not the same thing as capitulating or selling out.
Robert Borosage: With President Obama literally “passing the baton” to Hillary Clinton – and Clinton choosing dramatically to join him on stage after he roused the audience to “keep it going” – the Clinton campaign clearly has chosen to present her candidacy as a continuation of the Obama era.
Walter Brasch: Clinton hurt her campaign by delayed response to the allegations she compromised national security and then by dodging and weaving on her public comments, allowing the scandal to fester and explode.
Gary Corseri: Dear Wife: I didn’t mean to have sex with those three bar-girls who robbed me! I didn’t mean to get infected with herpes (and God knows what else!) because I forgot to wear a condom!
Robert Borosage: The Sanders critique of Clinton still holds. The actual programs are less bold than the goals. The public investment agenda is grander in rhetoric than in financial commitment.
Robert Reich: Everyone knows our democracy is drowning under big money. Confidence in politics has plummeted, and big money as the major culprit.
Ron Briley: The election of Hillary Clinton is preferable to the dangerous Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear trigger, but Clinton in the White House will only perpetuate the American empire and foster discontent with America’s role in the world.
Jessie Daniels: This is the worst of all possible worlds, and the choice between Trump’s vulgar, overt racism and Clinton’s polite, public policy racism is no choice at all.