The Progressive stands for a set of principles, not any party or player. Our job is to neither praise nor bury politicians, but to hold them accountable. In that spirit, here's a list of downsides for the major contenders for the Democratic nomination.

Joe Biden: If moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue, the former veep is the Dems' least virtuous candidate. He backed the Iraq war, worsened mass incarceration, has rejected Medicare for All, and assured wealthy donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" if he's elected. After Trump, this?

Mike Bloomberg: The former New York City mayor got where he is the old-fashioned way-by being loaded. His estimated $54 billion net worth is now being churned into endless campaign ads. And no one accepts his "apology" for years of stopping and frisking people of color.

Pete Buttigieg: Credit Mayor Pete with a great achievement: Getting Americans to learn how to pronounce his name ("peer."). But the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has mishandled race relations, protected racist cops, and gentrified poorer neighborhoods, alienating critical minority voters.

Tulsi Gabbard: Hillary Clinton's attacks on this Hawaii Congresswoman as "the favorite of the Russians" fell flat. But Gabbard has shown anti-Muslim bias, including alarms of "radical Islamic ideology," and she cast a bewildering vote of "present" for Trump's impeachment.

Amy Klobuchar: Let's leave aside the reports of her explosive temper, berating staff, and hurling binders and phones. She's a moderate even on issues like climate change and health...

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