It’s a common refrain: Hillary Clinton’s political revolution will be the first in a long, long history of progressive change.
The “reset” she’s been talking about is just the latest iteration of the theme.
But that’s not really what Clinton’s talking about.
For one thing, she’s not even proposing to “rereset” politics.
The Democratic Party has had a very specific agenda for decades, but it’s still largely been about the party’s own identity and values.
Clinton is trying to reinvent the Democratic Party as an entity of progressive values — an identity that is grounded in the history of American democracy, the legacy of the civil rights movement, and the legacy and vision of the LGBTQ movement.
For the first time, Clinton is laying out a detailed plan to do that, laying out the foundations of her new party.
The Clinton campaign is now taking a page out of Bernie Sanders’ playbook, but this time the goal is to reinvent an entire party in a way that puts her and her husband in the center of the Democratic base, and that has the potential to deliver a big win in the 2020 presidential election.
“The most important part of our campaign is not just electing Democrats,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters in New Hampshire in October.
“It’s not just taking back control of Congress.
It’s creating a government that works for all of us.”
Clinton’s message to her base is that the Democratic party needs to start winning back voters — not just its own.
She wants to build a party of the people, not just a party that works to benefit its wealthy donors and corporate donors.
That means making it easier for voters to get involved in local and state politics, so that they can actually make an impact on the outcome of the election.
It means getting rid of partisan primaries, which were part of the Clinton campaign’s central strategy.
And it means reinstating some of the old barriers that still prevent many people from voting, like voter ID laws and early voting, which have long been a problem in states with Republican governors and legislatures.
But it’s also a big shift for Clinton.
The first time she’s publicly proposed the reset, the Clinton camp immediately dismissed it as a fantasy.
“She said she’s going to reset the political party, which means she’s re-entering the political arena,” said campaign manager Robby Mook.
“And she said that she’ll be bringing more people into politics, and she’ll bring more energy into the political process.”
It’s not hard to see how a Clinton-led party would feel.
It could get a lot more progressive than the Republican Party.
It has been in power for decades.
And with the rise of Donald Trump, it’s becoming a major force in American politics.
But even though Clinton is promising a new political system, the core principles of the current Democratic Party — which have been around for decades — are still there.
The problem is that many of these progressive ideals are more or less in place, and people in the Democratic tent are beginning to see that the system is in disarray.
That could have major consequences in the presidential election, and it’s why Clinton is still calling for a “re-engagement” with voters.
But for the first few months of her candidacy, the party is doing a lot to reinforce those principles, even as she is trying desperately to win over Democrats and swing voters with a populist message that’s focused on economic opportunity and fighting for economic security.
The reset strategy is not a strategy for Clinton to win the election — it’s a strategy to build the Democratic coalition she needs to win in 2020.
Clinton and her team believe that their strategy will work.
But first they have to win.
It is still early, and there are still many questions about how the reset will actually happen, including how much of it will really be about re-engaging voters and how much will actually be about making a real difference.
But there are already signs that the reset is going to be a big part of that.
The Democrats are going to do some big things that will change the way people think about elections and about politics, said John Weaver, the communications director for the Clinton-aligned super PAC Priorities USA Action.
“There are going be a lot of changes going on in politics that will be difficult to control,” Weaver told me.
“But there is a very clear blueprint for what you need to do to change the Democratic brand and win back the white working class that was so lost to Hillary Clinton.”
It starts with building a new coalition The Clinton team is planning to work with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is run by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), to launch a national campaign to elect candidates who will be committed to the progressive values that helped the Sanders campaign win in 2016.
But this effort will be much more about building a brand than winning seats in the House or the Senate.
It will be about building the coalition that can win in