Clinton Urges Progressives to Solidify Power

But president, Congress need help cementing it
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Political winds have shifted in America, says Bill Clinton: The country has “entered a new era of progressive politics which, if we do it right, could last 30 or 40 years,” the former president told liberal Internet activists at a convention in Pittsburgh. But first, he told Netroots Nation, “the president needs your help, and the cause needs your help” with health care reform and climate change legislation, Politico reports.

The country has changed a great deal since he became president, Clinton said. And  progressives may have to settle for less than their ideals on issues like health care. “I want us to be mindful we may need to take less than a full loaf. We can’t ask the President to go it alone. We can’t ask Congress to go it alone.”