Progressive Clinton supporters: You broke it, you bought it
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With Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE tanking in the polls, there’s room for progressives to simultaneously crush his bid for the presidency while holding Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE’s feet to the fire on the TPP.

She’s now appointed two pro-TPP politicians to key positions on her campaign  —  Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE as her Vice President and Ken Salazar to lead her presidential transition team. It’s time for progressives who helped Clinton beat Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE in the primary to take the lead on holding her accountable.

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Progressives who supported Clinton in the primary should use their leverage to ensure Clinton makes good on her vow to stop TPP and keep other promises she made on the campaign trail to win progressive votes. Bernie supporters will have your back, but it’s up to you to lead on this one.

It’s a serious matter, and it can’t wait until after the inauguration. From the perspective of progressives who supported Bernie in the primary, this election is a shotgun wedding. We’re going to vote for Clinton because we have to, but the honeymoon ends with the appointment of Salazar.

A former senator and Secretary of the Interior, Salazar was plucked by Clinton from the powerful Washington D.C. influence peddler WilmerHale to run her presidential transition team.

The choice of Salazar is a pretty good sign that as expected we’ll be seeing the “revolving door” in full force in a Clinton administration. As head of the transition he’ll have enormous influence on who fills thousands of jobs at the White House and federal agencies.

As Senator Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' Klobuchar campaign gets first super PAC HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE has forcefully argued, one of the lessons of the Obama administration is clear: “personnel is policy.” Who Clinton chooses to help her run the White House may tell us more about her true priorities than promises she made on the campaign trail.

After all, we’ve already seen her choice of a vice president. Once Democrats prevail on Election Day, we’ll have a pro-TPP, pro-Hyde Amendment Vice President. Tim Kaine is the man that Clinton believes is the best person to lead the country, should she for any reason be unable to fulfill the duties of her office.

So to progressives who supported Clinton in the primary  —  labor advocates, environmentalists, immigration reformers, anti-war activists  —  you have a special responsibility to lead efforts to hold your candidate accountable.

Not just on TPP, but on the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground, dismantle structural racism, stop the deportations of children fleeing violence in Central America, and bring our troops home from U.S. wars of choice in the Middle East.

Like a lot of people who worked hard to win the Democratic nomination for a candidate who would be making very different choices for these key positions, my message to progressives who backed Clinton over Bernie isn’t “I told you so.” These appointments are totally predictable moves by the Clinton administration.

Progressive supporters of Clinton knew this was coming. 

Becky Bond was a senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and is the former president of CREDO SuperPAC.


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