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Letter: Democrats need progressive values

Hillary Clinton places her hand over her hand

Hillary Clinton places her hand over her hand as she walks to the podium to address the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Credit: AP

While Hillary Clinton blames the Republican election sweep on the FBI director’s letters to Congress, most of us blame her relentlessly poor judgment [“Clinton blames Comey letters,” News, Nov. 13].

Back in April, I warned in a letter that the delegate math added up for Clinton only if Democrats were willing to lose the general election. Her great tactical error was to disregard the simple wisdom of her own slogan: “Stronger together.”

Had she embraced rather than dismissed the 45 percent of primary voters who clamored for a genuine progressive as the party nominee, she would have had enough enthusiastic voters to hold the Oval Office and win a majority in the Senate. Unfortunately, arrogance trumped arithmetic.

The Democratic National Committee needs to reinvent itself in a manner that strongly embraces progressive values over the politics of identity.

James Moyssiadis, Mount Sinai

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