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SchmidtLiberal/progressive/pragmatist
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Being either a reformative or a transformative progressive also implies that as a progressive, that real “progress” can realistically be made given the reality of the political situation. With the current political divide in our country, more progressivism can be accomplished under reformative presidents as any gains, no matter how small, are considered successes.

The radical progressives, on the other hand, often have a populist and idealistic appeal, but in the end they can fall short of their goals because their worldviews are enslaved by their demands for political purity, e.g. no compromises. No compromises translate into no progress.

There are also “in between” characteristics where one can be both transformative, depending on the opportunity, but otherwise function day-to-day as a reformer. That describes President Obama and his list of progressive accomplishments.