B-Team & Bill vs. Bernie
Hillary Clinton's campaign is falling apart. Bernie Sanders soared in New Hampshire and now two polls have him tying her nationally. It's a disaster.
Now she's called in the B-team: The cynical, paranoid, and wacky twins — Sidney Blumenthal and David Brock — to bail her out. And here comes the elderly, diminished and livid former President Bill Clinton to lead the duo's frantic attacks on Sanders.
The attacks are rooted in nothing more than a list of dirty names they call Sanders every day. Having found little in his record to attack, they have consulted the thesaurus to turn up ugly sounding accusations.
Bernie Sanders has a coherent, consistent and concise message: Incomes are stagnant because the economy is rigged by the top tenth of the 1 percent that control politics through massive campaign contributions.
Clinton has no competing message, just the charge that Sanders' supporters are "sexist and vulgar." Brock adds that one of Bernie's ads was racist because it had too many white people in it.
Their strategy is laughable. After losing 84 percent of young voters in Iowa — and failing to recover them in New Hampshire — they sent in two aging fossils of feminism to insult and threaten young women.
The 81-year-old feminist Gloria Steinem charged that young women are backing Sanders because that's where they can meet men. And 78-year-old Madeleine Albright threatened to consign to a "special place in hell" women who don't back Clinton.
Those are two great ways to attract voters.
The aging and raging ex-president, meanwhile, speaking to a half-filled gym in a New Hampshire school, ranted about Sanders' "hypocrisy" in condemning his wife's paid speeches. Sanders, too, gave paid speeches Bill Clinton claimed.
He's got a point. In 2013, for example, Sanders made all of $1,500, which he donated to charity as required by federal law.
Both Brock and Blumenthal share Clinton's enthusiasm for discussing the vast right-wing conspiracy. Now that they've been outed as back on her team, it's easy to understand why Clinton sees conspiracies everywhere. This paranoia, egged on by the B Twins, explains her failure to grasp the cataclysmic changes her own misconduct has wrought in her image to say nothing of the societal and economic tectonic shifts at work. No, it's all the Republican's fault.
Blumenthal worked to spin Monica Lewinsky as a crazed stalker of an innocent president and his hundreds of intelligence/gossipy emails urged Clinton to do all she could to topple Moammar Gadhafi without realizing that it would open the door and let the terrorists waltz in.
Blumenthal hides in the shadows, ducking subpoenas and frantically emailing his crazy self-serving ideas while flattering his way into Clinton's affections.
Brock first came into the Clinton camp as a convert from conservatism. Before he did so, Brock outed Paula Jones, triggering Clinton's lying to a grand jury, paying Jones and the court close to a $1 million in fines, disbarment and impeachment.
Now he serves to destroy Clinton's career as well by counseling a scorched-earth policy that savages Sanders and alienates the young people who must provide her political base in the general election.
Neither the B-Twins nor Bill Clinton's rage can save the former secretary of state who cannot understand why a funny thing is happening on her way to her coronation. Voters are looking at her and running.
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