Clinton’s Dem groupies to Bernie: Back off, it’s her time
Democratic Senators aren’t even pretending not to be in the tank for Clinton anymore. At one time, they might have paid lip service to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, giving him a few props here and there, praising his leftist revolution – but when it got serious, and he started winning more than they thought he should, when his barbs against Clinton were hitting their mark, when his fundraising was off the charts and he was drawing supporters in the tens of thousands to his events, the gloves came off.
Now, here’s where it gets really silly, where the comments from Desperate Dems gets really absurd. This is a primary; neither Sanders nor Clinton are running against a Republican – they’re running against each other, for the Democratic presidential nomination. So why are these political hacks/cronies of Clinton implying that instead of leveling criticism at Clinton, Bernie should be leveling it at Republicans? I mean, sure, there’s a lot to work with, but that’s not what this is about – and, in fact, many of us are as desperate to see Clinton lose as these transparent hacks are to see her win. Politico did some reporting on it:
Sen. Claire McCaskill:
What’s important is not whether or not he gets out, but how he campaigns. If the contrast is now about what separates us from Donald Trump, then I think it’s fine. I just hope that we can begin to focus on unifying because obviously a lot of us are perplexed that we could be facing a country led by someone who seems to be a buffoon. [Translation: “Unity” means dumping Bernie and jumping on the Clinton bandwagon, which many of us confirm will not happen in this lifetime. Nobody ever mentions that “unity” could be rallying behind the candidate who’s not being investigated by the FBI.]
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen:
It’s good [for Sanders] to continue to raise the concerns that people have, but I think it ought to be in the context of, ‘This is the difference between the Democrats and Republicans in this race.’ [Translation: Any concerns Bernie has about Clinton need to be deep-six’ed forever.]
Of course, for the record, Shaheen, a reliable Clinton flunkie, along with others, didn’t have any problem taking shots at Sanders last month:
You need to start asking him questions about his plans and his background. How he’s going to address foreign policy and national security, how he’s going to pay for his free higher education and health care proposals. There are a lot of unanswered questions.
Hillary Clinton is a progressive and I don’t think any other progressive gets to judge and be the gatekeeper of progressivism. We need to remember who our real adversary is, and that’s the tea party and what they’ve done to the country.
Hillary’s a progressive in the way she views the issues every day. Bernie’s a Democrat some days. And that’s a fact with evidence.
I gotta ask: Who do these people think they are? We’re only halfway through the primary. W’re choosing who we want to support. In a primary, candidates go after each other (and boy, did Clinton ever go after then-candidate Obama in ’08) – and that’s how it’s supposed to work. And frankly, this presumption that Bernie Sanders is going to rally all his supporters behind Clinton if he loses the primary may be a major miscalculation; after all, it’s not like the Democratic establishment did much to level the playing field for him. And even if Bernie were to support Clinton in a general, many of his supporters would still elect not to.
I’m listening to these people, these establishment mouthpieces for more establishment, telling us, and our candidate, that we need to knock this shit off now because they’ve already chosen their candidate. I’m hearing the same crew that juiced Clinton from the beginning, at the expense of Bernie Sanders, calling for Bernie Sanders and his supporters to give her some level of respect she, first, doesn’t deserve, and that none of them gave him.
Bernie is out-fundraising Clinton. He’s creaming her in the youth vote. White men can’t stand her. He’s drawing crowds of tens of thousands. His best states are yet to come. Tell me again why he should bow out, or suspend his criticisms against his sole opponent? As Liam Miller of the Huffington Post noted, “Sanders’ campaign has planned for this moment; they built their strategy around it.”
Dems can chase their tails and pow-wow among themselves and wail and gnash their teeth all they want. But let’s be clear: We have chosen our candidate, for better or for worse. And forcing Bernie Sanders out at this juncture would be, as Bernie himself said, a very bad mistake. As a parting note, let’s listen again to Liam Miller:
The media (when they have not simply been distorting the truth to smear him —shame, shame upon you, New York Times) have been finding reasons to discount and marginalize Sanders since he announced. They have been wrong at every turn. This moment is no different; why on Earth would anyone start believing them or trusting their judgement now?
If his supporters continue to have faith in him — and continue to support him with their unprecedented phonebanking, canvassing, GOTV, and donating efforts — then his path to victory is entirely clear. Clinton’s path to victory, on the other hand, depends wholly upon demoralizing those efforts.