I do not trust John Nichols. First he thinks HRC ran as a progressive. I hate that Facebook meme that has Steve Elliott's Stranger/Narrator from The Big Lebowski saying "You Must Be a Special Kind of Stupid" because the Stranger doesn't say things like that at all, he's a positive person who appreciates not demeans. But in this case I guess Nichols thinking this about HRC running as a progressive and putting it in an article means that he must be a special kind of stupid, or worse, thinks we're a special kind of stupid to buy his garbage.
I don't care what anyone says: Perez, Sanders, Nichols, or Clinton. It's what they DO that matters. When push comes to shove Nichols consistently promotes and supports the Neo-Liberal, Imperialist, Democratic Party and its Clintonista elites. He is just an apparatchik. What is this then? IT'S THE FIRST PHASE OF SHEEP DOGGING.
Phase 1: Speak the language of progressives you hope in the end to sheep dog and talk a big deal about promoting their agenda in order to convince them you are really one of them and share their agenda.
Phase 2: Refuse to actually speak out and call the Neo-Con, Neo-Liberal elites and their candidates what they really are during intra-party nomination campaigns.
Phase 3: In the actual campaign promote the Neo-Con, Neo-Liberal elite nominee to the progressive base that, hopefully, you've convinced to trust you as one of them.
Phase 4: If the elite wins, forget about the agenda you acted like you supported in phase 1. However, if the elite loses, then loop back to Phase 1.
But even in this Phase 1 they refuse to speak out against the real core issues that make the party Neo-Liberal and Neo-Con, as some others in these comments have already pointed out. (And my 'they' includes Sanders, I'm afraid.) These core issues are the policies that keep the rest of the progressive agenda off the table in Phase 4.
What are they?
The core issue preserving the Neo-Liberal control of the party, the issue that Sanders said was the core issue in the Primary, but now has simply abandoned to 'go along to get along,' is getting corporate money out of politics. Until the party does that it has no hope of being a progressive party and those who call for it to be, but simply abandon this issue, are hypocrites, liars, and playing us for that 'special kind of stupid.'
The core issue tied to the party being Neo-Con (or they prefer saying "Liberal Interventionists) is supporting the American Imperial Project, all its overseas adventurism in the name of humanitarianism, the Empire's foreign bases, and the obscene spending to accomplish all this.
So I will, borrowing a phrase a guy I knew in the 70s liked to use, 'call crap' on Nichols, Perez, and Sanders.
Go peddle your phase 1 sheep dogging somewhere else you party apparatchik.