Remember how often you heard that Hillary Clinton was the more serious candidate, with better thought out proposals and plans? You couldn’t turn on a TV station without a bow-tied talking head telling you Clinton was a candidate who would “get things done” and had “serious proposals” that weren’t “pie in the sky”.
Can any of you remember a single one of Hillary Clinton’s well-thought out plans or proposals? I sure as hell can’t. They were forgettable goobledygook, designed to be neutered and dissected by corporate interests.
Can anyone point to what Hillary Clinton “got done” in 2016 apart from putting Donald Trump in the White House? A vile candidate that her own campaign encouraged to run, in a strategy they called “pied-piper”?
Bernie did accomplish what he set out to do. Bernie’s 2016 policy slate is on the lips of every Democratic voter. Medicare for All. College for All. Jobs For All. Justice For All.
No one remembers a damn thing Hillary Clinton campaigned on in 2016. And perhaps that is why Hillary Clinton is so upset. Or perhaps it’s because she couldn’t get a $100 million Netflix movie deal unlike the Obamas.
Hillary said “nobody likes Bernie”, a transparent lie. It’s the kind of lie insecure people tell themselves. It’s the kind of thing Donald Trump says about attendance at his rallies.
Hillary surely sees the way ordinary people rally around Bernie Sanders. She can see how big his rallies still are, crowds ten times the size she could attract. She saw how the most dynamic new members of Congress and his entire base rallied around Bernie when he had a heart attack. All those “nobodies” marching alongside and with Bernie. Hillary’s fiction about no one liking Bernie is the jealous fantasy of a candidate who couldn’t fill venues at the height of the 2016 general election campaign, even when she brought out Katy Perry and Jay-Z.
Hillary Clinton spent her whole life playing the inside game. She cultivated the DC political and media establishment. The Clinton machine doled patronage, funds and favors to force almost every aspect of the national Democratic party apparatus to bend to its will. Every trick in the book was used to further her candidacy, even at the expense of underfunded state parties. All this has turned to dust. Sheer hubris laid all those plans to waste.
If Hillary’s policies and inept ambition hadn’t been such a disaster for ordinary people, I would find this pitiful. Perhaps its more like comeuppance for the establishment that allowed this to happen, and in some way for us too. We let them do it, we should have fought far harder and sooner against the machine.
You know what, it doesn’t matter. Nothing Hillary Clinton says matters. Every moment we spend talking about her is a moment wasted. Let’s let it go.
The only thing that matters is that we work to change the politics of this country. We can start by putting a man who will fight vigorously for working people in the White House in 2020. Do what you can, call, canvass, volunteer.
This is our best shot in a generation, and this time, Bernie is playing to win.
Let’s be honest, Joe. One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn’t. But don’t take it from me. Take it from you. pic.twitter.com/qh7qb1Hmcl
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 22, 2020