Bernie Sanders is a typical politician, but his political acumen is terrible. Sanders picked up on an out-of-context YouTube clip posted by the Republican National Committee to try to claim that Bill Clinton had called Barack Obama's legacy "awful." As soon as USA Today picked up the Republican-orchestrated smear, Bernie's campaign decided to run with it.
Let's ignore for a moment that Bernie Sanders has spent the better part of 2016 trying to undermine those exact job numbers his campaign is touting in the tweet. Evidently, none of the $100 million Bernie raised has gone to pay anyone to actually check the voracity of a story before they run with it, as if they had actually seen the YouTube video, they would have seen this, let's call it Exhibit 1 that this was a Republican hack job.
"GOP War Room" is an official channel of the Republican National Committee. After USA Today ran the story, a spokesperson for President Clinton made the obvious even more obvious: President Clinton was talking about the legacy of the Republicans, not of President Obama's.
To be fair, Bernie's campaign may well have picked up the smear because they agree with the smear rather than out of ignorance. By now, the Sanders campaign has figured out that running against President Obama was getting him nowhere fast in the Democratic primary.
But since Bernie likes videos, let's play a game. Bernie Sanders or Bill and Hillary Clinton, who among these has been the most loyal to President Obama?
Here's President Clinton, making the single most effective case for President Obama's re-election at the 2012 Democratic convention, other than President Obama's acceptance speech itself.
And here is Bernie Sanders, accusing President Obama of moving "far to the right" and laying out the case for a primary challenge.
To recap, at the time President Clinton was making the most effective case for President Obama's re-election and Hillary Clinton was serving as his Secretary of State, Sanders was calling Barack Obama weak, disappointing and encouraging a primary challenge.
As President Clinton would say, you gotta give Sanders one thing. He's got brass.
Sanders' attacks on President Obama did not stop in 2012, of course. It escalated even more once Bernie Sanders decided he wanted Obama's job. As mentioned earlier, Bernie Sanders has been falling all over himself to try to undermine those very jobs numbers he touted in his Clinton-bashing tweet.
Bernie Sanders has penned the foreword to a professional hit on President Obama's progressive credentials in the form of a book.
In the course of seeking President Obama's job, Bernie Sanders has asserted that America needs a "course correction" from the one laid out by President Obama and Vice President Biden, and has brazenly blamed President Obama for Congress' disconnect with the American people.
Just this month, Bernie Sanders admitted that he is running as a Democrat rather than as an independent not because of his commitment to principles of the Democratic party but to gain access to money and media.
Bernie Sanders is desperate to overcome the correct perception that he has been passionately disloyal to President Obama and his legacy, and he believes slinging some mud in the form of a GOP-cut in the direction of President Clinton will help. It will not. Bernie Sanders campaign is a house of cards built on belittling and undermining President Obama's legacy. As long as he is in the race to win the nomination of President Obama's party for President Obama's job, we will continue to expose his hypocrisy.