Will the Democrat establishment allow a Progressive challenger to go against Hillary in the 2016 primary? I truly hope so; but I hoped for the same in 2012 and was disappointed. A challenge from the Left is important for several reasons: first and foremost to make at least a token effort to fool Progressives into thinking that they still have a voice within the party. The Wall Street Democrat Establishment can then keep them hooked with the old "lesser of 2 evils" chestnut that has worked so well in the past. Second. it will allow Progressives to blow off a little steam prior to the general election. If they can vote for a progressive in the primaries, their ire can be diffused enough to more easily rally them around a pro-Wall Street war-monger.
So why do Progressives allow themselves to bullied, fooled and manipulated? A recent article by Ted Rall in AlterNet examines the problem http://www.alternet.org/print/some-point-progressives-need-break-democratic-party. He starts off wittily enough:
At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you're supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats.
Democratic politicians act like right-wingers. Liberals vote for them anyway.
The Democratic Party espouses right-wing policies. Self-described progressives give them cash.
Comedian Bill Maher gave them a million cash dollars -- yet Democrats don't agree with him on anything. Why? Because he hates Republicans even more.
Why didn't Maher save his money? Or better yet, fund a group or a writer or an artist who promotes ideas he actually agrees with? Because he, like tens of millions of other liberals, are stuck in the two-party trap.
The relationship between liberals and Democrats is dysfunctional and enabling, abused pathetics sucking up to cruel abusers.
Progressives like Maher are like a kid with two rotten parents. The dad drinks and hits him; the mom drinks less and hits him less. The best call is to run away from home -- instead, most children in that situation will draw closer to their mothers.
Hard stuff to accept I'm sure, but the first step to fixing a problem is to admit there is a problem. Sure, odds are Hillary will be our next President. But come on Democrats, at least give Progressives a fighting chance.