Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Is Bernie Sanders getting the shaft again? The poor guy sure seems to have a lot of things on his own side of the aisle working against him. And not solely due to happenstance.
Poor Bern got elbowed out in 2016 by former First Lady Hillary Clinton, and for some reason, Hillary’s still sanding Sanders.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, Clinton indirectly gave Dem voters some advice: Don’t vote for a certain 78-year-old socialist (would she prefer a 72-year-old socialist?).
It appears she has two recommendations: Don’t vote for Trump, and don’t vote for Bernie:
[Pssst. Hillary. This will make absolutely no sense whatsoever, but please, please, please do what lots of you politicians maddeningly continue to do: Please reference democracy and an inexplicable threat to it. It doesn’t have to conform to any kind of logic. Just do it.]
“I say two things. I say vote for the person who you believe can actually win in November. And the person who you think can govern our country. Because somebody has to get in there and try to bring our country together and put us on the right track into the future. And restore our democracy and our standing in the world.”
“Who do you think can win? Because if you don’t win, you can’t govern. And who can best govern at a very difficult time in American history.”
Who’s she speaking of?
Ellen offered, “It seems to me, more than ever, that we need somebody who’s going to go in and be able to steer this ship in the right direction instead of going to the extreme.”
The extreme? Back to Hil:
“I am saying the same thing to everybody: Please — look at the candidates, and clearly, you like somebody better than others, and then analyze that person’s positions, and their message, and can that person win? Because, remember, it’s not the popular vote; it’s the electoral college.”
What does that last line have to do with how anyone will vote?
Regardless, Hillary wants everyone to do some housecleaning on their brain:
“You’ve got to be very clear-minded about who can win. But it’s not enough to win. You want somebody who — as you rightly said — is going to try to get us back on track. We have so much to be proud of in our country. We have so many wonderful people. We need to get back into what I call ‘The Future Business.’ We need to be investing in our future. It means dealing with climate change. It means dealing with healthcare. It means making the economy work for everybody. These things are not easy to do. So you need somebody who knows how to govern. And I just want everybody to pay attention.”
“And not just listen to what people are saying they can do, because anyone can say anything. Like in your documentary, you refuse to say things that you knew you couldn’t get done.”
So would it be okay to vote for the senator from Vermont?
Eventually, the pair got around to it.
In case you haven’t heard, in a recent 4-part Hulu docuseries, Hillary, the 2016 candidate flamed Bern (here):
“[Sanders] was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Note to everyone: Hillary Clinton makes it clear — never trust a career politician.
On Ellen, the host asked if Clinton still feels the same about Sanders.
The answer: Yep.
“People can have their own opinions about anybody in public life. That’s a free country; you get to do that. You’ve got to be responsible for what you say and what you say you’re going to do. And if you promise the moon and you can’t deliver the moon, then that’s going to be one more indicator of how we just can’t trust each other.”
Therefore, if I’m putting two and two together properly:
- “We need to be investing in our future. It means dealing with climate change. It means dealing with healthcare. It means making the economy work for everybody. These things are not easy to do. So you need somebody who knows how to govern.” Ellen says to “not just listen to what people are saying they can do, because anyone can say anything.”
- Bernie Sanders “promise(s) the moon and…can’t deliver the moon.” He isn’t “responsible for what [he] say(s) and what [he] say(s) [he’s] going to do.”
Hillary could totally support him, but she ain’t.
But maybe I’m wrong; maybe she is.
Let’s ask Bill:
Then again, never trust a career politician.
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