Leaked Emails Spell Trouble on the Left for Clinton

Progressives angry at insults, preparing a fight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2016 6:59 AM CDT
Leaked Emails Spell Trouble on the Left for Clinton
Hillary Clinton speaks to a debate watch party at the Craig Ranch Regional Amphitheater in North Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A steady drip of hacked emails being released by WikiLeaks isn't getting anywhere near the attention Donald Trump would like, but they could still cause plenty of trouble for Hillary Clinton, reports Politico. If the polls are right and Clinton wins the White House, she can expect to confront hostility from the left wing of her own party—a wing she would need to counter GOP opposition. That's because the emails stolen from aide John Podesta's account reveal that the Clinton camp has used words like "puritanical," "pompous," "radical," and "freaks" to refer to its more liberal counterparts. Podesta himself, for example, calls Bernie Sanders a "doofus." (In an interview with CNN, via Real Clear Politics, Podesta downplays it with a heat-of-the-moment defense.)

“We were already kind of suspicious of where Hillary’s instincts were, but now we see that she is who we thought she was,” a liberal operative tells Politico. “The honeymoon is going to be tight and small and maybe nonexistent." In addition to Podesta, key advisers Jake Sullivan and Neera Tanden have made enemies with the progressive wing of the party because of the emails, which are expected to continue emerging through Election Day. If Clinton wins, expect the animosity to surface as liberal opposition to both personnel appointments and policy proposals. Meanwhile, the libertarian Reason blog highlights 10 revelations of the emails so far, including Tanden's jokey reference to the Democratic base as the "Red Army." (More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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