Progressives at Netroots Nation 2013: Hillary Clinton Must Win Us Over
She is VERY smart and playing down her early stauts as the front runner is exactly what she is doing. That is why she isn’t yet attending events like this - she already has the support of the old, pre-Obama, portion of the Democratic party quietly behind her and if she started courting and winning the other ~ half, as typified by this event, she would wouldn’t be playing it down. Gauranteed, there are Power Point slides, developed by other VERY smart people, with stategies and tactics wtih dates and names on what she has to do and say to this other half to ensure thier support then her nomination and eventual election.
Progressives had major issues with Clinton when she ran in 2008, topped, of course, by her vote to authorize the Iraq War. Despite her attempts to walk back that decision — she said during the campaign that she regretted the vote and would have acted differently in hindsight — she ceded much of the energy and votes of the progressive movement to Barack Obama. She never was really able to make up that ground.