Sanders High Command Comes Apart

Bernie Sanders' campaign hasn't even really begun to receive national scrutiny yet. And they are completely falling apart from the little that they have received.

After losing to Clinton in Iowa by an average of 40 points in three polls just yesterday, Sanders' henchmen were feeling the pressure. So they came up with this: Hillary Clinton is a flip flopping craven political opportunist who will make a great vice president.

John Heilman of Bloomberg Politics interviewed Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver.

Now, at the DoubleTree, three members of the Sanders high command—campaign manager Jeff Weaver, communications director Michael Briggs, and field director Phil Fiermonte—were reflecting on what Clinton’s record might say about her character. All agreed that Sanders and his staff believed that Clinton had moved to the left on numerous issues, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Keystone pipeline, for purely political reasons: to foreclose daylight between her and Sanders. I asked Weaver if he thought that made her, as some longtime Clinton critics argue, a craven hypocrite and opportunist?

“A craven hypocrite?” Weaver replied, grinning slyly. “That’s a little bit harsh, don’t you think?” Then he added, with a chuckle, “Look, she’d make a great vice president. We’re willing to give her more credit than Obama did. We’re willing to consider her for vice president. We’ll give her serious consideration. We’ll even interview her.”

As America's most famous skinny kid with a funny name once said, it's more than a little presumptuous for someone in (a distant) second place to offer the bottom of the ticket to someone in first place.

As for the Sanders team giving Hillary Clinton "more credit" than "Obama did" - by the way, it's President Obama, you little prick - Clinton herself seems to be far more concerned with giving President Obama the credit he deserves. Time and again, she has reminded voters that President Obama does not get the credit he deserves for rescuing our economy from the brink of disaster.

But what really got up in the Sanders high command's bidness was Hillary Clinton killing their candidate on gun safety, repeatedly reminding voters that she's not going to stop talking about confronting the gun lobby, even if some believe that women are shouting when they are merely talking, a clear reference to Sanders' outburst in the first Democratic primary debate that just shouting about guns won't get anything done.

The Sanders team apparently took that as the Clinton campaign accusing their candidate of sexism, so they doubled down on sexism. You know, they will even "interview her." Now get in line, woman!

But the smell of fresh sexism wasn't even the worst thing about the Sanders campaign's response. They either exposed themselves as craven political opportunists, something they accuse Clinton of, or they have completely disqualified their candidate.

The first explanation is easy: Sanders is a dishonest political opportunist who through his campaign manager is trying to assure voters fleeing from him that they can have both him and Clinton and he doesn't really believe his campaign's accusations against Clinton.

One has to wonder why Hillary would make such a great Vice President if Sanders' charges against her - that she shifts her positions with the political wind and thus has no principled bone in her body - are true. Why would you want an spineless political opportunist as your number 2 if your selling point is that your candidate holds fast whichever way the political wind blows. The Sanders campaign is basically saying that should anything happen in office to their presumptive president, they are comfortable leaving the country in the hands of a unprincipled opportunist.

After all, the only criteria for vice president is that he or she is ready to be president on day one if need be, and if that isn't Sanders' only criteria for a VP, he's not qualified to be President.

As I said at the beginning, the Sanders campaign is already coming across as a presumptuous, entitled, arrogant operation - while they are far behind no less - and they haven't even really started to get national scrutiny that a national campaign eventually has to face. They are falling apart at the simple question of "is your opponent what you are describing her to be?", and they plan to take on the media and an entire national GOP operation?

Don't. Make. Me. Laugh.

Like what you read? Chip in, keep us going.

Thanks, Obama! The Deficit Just Fell Below 50-Year Average

Pre-GOP Deathmatch Open Thread