I officially don't like Bernie Sanders anymore.
And that's sad, because I used to like him a lot. I mean, how could any progressive watch Sanders take aim at his usual targets (income inequality, Republicans, etc) on Meet the Press or the floor of Congress over the years and not like the guy? Bernie was cool.
Was. Until now.
After last night, the media and Democratic establishment can no longer pretend that our primary is a just a joyous, inspiring contest of ideas. It's gotten personal, nasty, sexist, destructive and dispiriting thanks to a candidate who isn't even a Democrat.
And the reason is simple: He has a one-way ticket to Loserville and he's really pissed off about it.
The New York Daily News double disaster only further sealed his fate in that all-important state, and he has no one to blame but his unprepared self and awful NRA-approved voting record on guns.
Bernie's statement last night was a huge gaffe in that he clearly lied to his crowd about Hillary saying he's unqualified (she actually avoided saying that...repeatedly) but it was also a mean-spirited and absurd-on-its-face personal attack that absolutely oozes with sexism. If it wasn't so destructive to our party, this would be laughable.
And then there's the sadness of seeing and hearing his young, idealistic followers boo and cheer at this awful display. They just love it. For one example, check out the young man in blue directly to the right of Bernie going absolutely nuts when he says the magic Hillary-dissing words. Depressing.Bernie Sanders on Hillary Clinton: "I don't believe that she is qualified" https://t.co/IYylDjuOLS https://t.co/FyCongjHfW— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 7, 2016
Listening to his full checklist of Clinton disqualifications, one gets the impression that the only person that Sanders thinks is qualified for the presidency is his own democratic socialist self. In fact, by these standards even Barack Obama doesn't appear to be qualified for his current job!
Luckily, everyone in the country except Bernie Sanders has a better grasp of the truth:
So, I've had it.One could easily make the argument that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person EVER to be president. #ImWithHer #MostQualifiedEver— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) April 7, 2016
As of last night, Hillary HQ is officially calling on the remaining Democratic adults in the room to do their duty to party and country:
By the way, this doesn't mean that immediate public endorsements of Clinton by all three of them is the right way to go. Maybe just some friendly phone calls and positive words for the frontrunner would do the trick for now. Whatever the case, the time to curb the madness is already upon us.Enough is enough. No more destructiveness. It's time for Obama, Biden and Warren to unite the party around the only Democrat in the race.— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) April 7, 2016
It has become clear that Sanders (enabled by unctuous campaign manager Jeff Weaver) is now in it for himself, desperately tearing down the next Democratic nominee in a last-ditch effort that is doomed to fail.
Bernie is losing, and right now he's choosing to lose ugly.
It's a very bad look that's ruining his brand...and not just as a temporary presidential candidate, but also as a senator and potential folk hero for future generations of progressives.
He needs to get a grip on this insanity before it's too late for himself. And us all.