If his endorsement of Clinton came as a surprise to you, then you’ve known nothing about his politics from the beginning. I could have told you this would happen two years ago. It’s consistent with the politics he chose to play from the beginning of his career – certainly since he was elected to Congress in 1990. He is not a radical, but chose to fight within the framework of what Michael Harrington called “the left wing of the possible.” You can criticize the strategy and the compromises you have to make if you choose to play in that game, but there was no false advertising. It is consistent with his pattern of practice for decades. His politics are based upon a recognition that real change comes painfully slow – a game of inches at a time – and that you have to rigorously defend every inch you win. If you were looking for anything else, you’ve been supporting the wrong candidate from the beginning.

More later.

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