It’s easy to dismiss Hillary Clinton’s dis of Bernie Sanders. Her “nobody likes him” remark was laughable on several counts.
By all measures, Bernie is well-liked.
By all measures Hillary is not.
She is so disliked that an Obama put-down during the 2008 primary has become a campaign classic. “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”
But is politics just about who is liked?
Has Hillary gone rogue or is she speaking for the leadership of the Democratic Party?
I scratched my head when Hillary unloaded on Tulsi Gabbard a few months back. Whatever one thinks of Tulsi Gabbard on a range of issues, she and Sanders are solid on the issue of war and peace.
Hillary is a full-frontal hawk, best pals with the regime changers and long-time advocate for war in Iran.
Tulsi was at about 1% in the polls when Hillary went after Gabbard. But Hillary even called Gabbard a Russian asset.
Gabbard has now filed a defamation suit against Clinton, claiming Clinton felt slighted because Gabbard was one of the first Democrats to publicly endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in 2016 over her, “becoming the most prominent politician to do so at the time.”
So, there is a pattern here.
There are some, and I am one of them, that think there are those in the leadership of the Democratic Party and in the DNC that are more concerned with the progressives and Sanders than they are with Donald Trump. But would their hatred of Bernie, The Squad and other genuine progressives mean a second term for Trump?
It’s not really about who is likable.
The other morning I was in a discussion about what the DNC and centrist Democrats would do if Bernie gets the nomination.
I said that I doubted that even the most conservative Democrats would want to be responsible for re-electing Trump.
Hillary makes me think I was wrong.
In the interview she wouldn’t even commit to voting for Sanders if he gets the nomination. The DNC and the rest of the Democratic leadership should be compelled to reject and denounce Hillary’s alleged agnosticism about beating Trump.
I’m for beating Trump.
What are they for?
Update: It appears the push back is working.