Hillary cannot understand what is going wrong in 2016.
In 2008, she expected to walk away with the presidency. Then, Obama happened.
In 2016, she expected to walk away with the presidency. Then, Bernie happened.
In each of these instances, there is a common denominator.
Today, her campaign, reeling from going 1 and 6 against Bernie in the last 7 elections came out defiant against Bernie’s calls for a debate in New York.
New York, the adopted home where she served 2 terms as Senator…
Wait, wouldn’t she WANT to debate there? Home turf? I mean, she had this to say about New York in one of the debates:
So I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.
So, why would she be scared to go there. And her campaign’s reason for not wanting to debate Sanders?
“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more,” Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, said on CNN. “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”
Wait. Bernie is attacking on the issues. Come talk to us when he runs ads on something like this:
Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.
The FBI is now trying to determine whether a crime was committed in the handling of that classified material. It is also examining whether the server was hacked.
One hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to run down leads, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election.
Or many number of issues. No, he has stuck to the issues. Personally, I wish he had swung at her on these issues. It calls into question issues like judgement and integrity, but Bernie has abstained.
There is a bigger question here, however. What happened to the Hillary Clinton who, in 2008, said this:
“You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.”
Well, that’s a bit inconvenient. Oh, and that’s part of a longer video where Hillary rose the specter of assassination when discussing staying in the race against Obama. I mean, of course anything could happen and she should stick in. Just like Robert Kennedy in 1968.
I mean, Bernie could use that mud and sling it her way. Or the Clinton campaign sending around the picture of Obama in Somali elder attire, since she is such an ardent supporter of him now. I mean, his campaign could have addressed her “tone” in 2008:
Plouffe said in a statement: “On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” said Plouffe.
Maybe she worry more about her and her campaign rather than the tone Sanders is setting.