Rooting for injuries.
It seems the feud between former primary opponents, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders isn’t quite done.
No, it’s not a blazing, all-out slugfest, but we can see that the claws aren’t fully retracted, either.
To recap: It all began during the primary season, leading up to the 2016 election. Everyone knew Queen Hillary was the heir apparent to the White House throne. After all, we were now the land of identity politics, not sound governance. President Obama, the first black president, was to lead to Hillary Clinton, the first woman president, and from there, it was to be a series of special interest groups, as chosen by the Democrat party, to be the “first…” something or other president.
First openly gay president… first openly atheist president… first blatant Communist president…
And if you think the Democrat party isn’t actively seeking the trifecta of all those rolled into one to run for the presidency, you haven’t been paying attention.
Anyway, Hillary was pitted against five other candidates – all male, of course – to set the stage for the empowered woman, beating back her male counterparts to rise the victor in the battle for the nomination.
Can’t you just feel the surge of feminist bravado at the thought of it?
Let’s face it. Neither of those five men were meant to offer any real challenge for the nomination.
Martin O’Malley, governor of Maryland, Lincoln Chaffee, a former governor of Rhode Island, a Harvard law professor named Lawrence Lessig, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Sanders, of course, were the lineup. None of them had the same name brand as Clinton (or a presidential husband, whose coattails they could ride on).
None were expected to be a real challenge, but only to give the appearance of a challenge.
Somebody forgot to tell Bernie.
One by one, candidates fell, until it was only Sanders and Clinton. When the WikiLeaks dump of Democratic National Committee emails happened, what at least appeared to be a standard course of primary events was revealed to be nothing more than an act, as the powers that be were proven to be working to get their identity politics champion of the moment comfortably in place.
For all the ugliness the 2016 primary season held on the Republican side of the aisle, the maelstrom between the establishment Democrats and the “Bernie bros” wasn’t very pretty, either.
Posts were resigned and rifts were revealed.
Fast forward to today, with an election over, and the Democrat party’s golden girl defeated, and what do you get?
Well, another Hillary Clinton book, this time, wailing about how her loss was everybody’s fault, except her own. In the book she also hits at her former opponent, Sanders, blaming him for dividing the Democrats.
You know, because it was Sanders who worked behind the scenes with DNC party bosses to make the primary to be less about the voters and more about installing their preferred candidate.
Sanders appeared on Stephen Colbert’s late night program last Thursday, and among all the usual talk of Sanders’ socialist idealism, was talk of the new book.
Democrats have been dreading the release of this book and the news cycle it will create, which is a retelling of the party’s 2016 collapse that saw Clinton lose and the GOP become the dominant political force in the country. Yet, as some in Democratic circles still like Clinton, many are groaning the reopening of wounds between the progressive and establishment wings of the party that have never fully healed. One Hillary surrogate flatly said she should shut the f**k up and go home.
They’re not wrong, though. Hillary was just an awful candidate, and if she lost, it is because Americans are sick of the identity politics that kept President Obama afloat for two terms. She was not owed the presidency because of her gender. If she truly cared about equality, she’d realize that meant she had to earn it. Her book proves she hasn’t learned, at all.
When Clinton’s mention of Sanders as a dividing force within the party was brought up, the elderly senator didn’t want to dwell on it, but he didn’t let it go without a passive-aggressive smack, either.
“I understand, look, you know—Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country, and she lost and she was upset about it. And I understand that,” he said. Yet, he added it’s time to go forward because there is so much at stake.
In other words: You lost to Donald Trump, lady, so maybe you should be looking in the mirror and considering just how bad you are!
It has to be a hard pill to swallow. She and Trump were the worst possible candidates either side could offer up, and when it came down to the very end, she couldn’t beat a lecherous, corrupt, old B-list reality TV host.
She’s the worst of the worst, and that’s saying something.