What Are You Doing, Bernie? Today's Edition.

Yesterday, Bernie Sanders probably did not get the media coverage for which he was hoping. Sure, there was some tepid coverage of his gossamer "momentum" after winning Oregon, but, mostly, there was a lot of "dude, take responsibility for your supporters" going around. I read at least a dozen pieces in major media outlets taking Sanders to task for not meaningfully condemning some of his supporters' increasing mutiny and his redirecting blame onto the Democratic Party.

And in a perfect indication that Sanders doesn't listen, or doesn't care, his campaign manager Jeff Weaver continued the assault on Democrats by going after Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz personally, and accusing the DNC of favoritism:
Senator Bernie Sanders's relationship with the leadership of the Democratic Party and his colleagues on Capitol Hill was strained further on Wednesday as he and his campaign remained defiant over the way they say his success is being belittled and undermined by people in the party who are loyal to Hillary Clinton.

...Mr. Sanders's campaign manager took to cable news on Wednesday to assail the party and Ms. Schultz.

"The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, it is clear almost from the get-go she has been working against Bernie Sanders — there's no doubt about it, for personal reasons," Jeff Weaver, Mr. Sanders's campaign manager, said of Ms. Wasserman Schultz on MSNBC. "She has been the divider and not really provided leadership that the Democratic Party needs," Mr. Weaver added.
Weaver continued this refrain later in the day, again on MSNBC with Chuck Todd, asserting that the process was rigged. And even Todd, no reflexive defender of Hillary Clinton or the Democrats (to put it politely), felt obliged to push back, pointing out, as I have done many times in this space, that if the process was "rigged" for Clinton, then Barack Obama couldn't have defeated her in 2008.

But, you know, just for shits and giggles, let us suppose for a moment that Team Sanders has a point and that the DNC has indeed shown favoritism toward Clinton. Okay. So what if they did?

I frankly don't care.

I don't believe that they showed her favoritism, but, had they, it would be eminently understandable, given that she has been a Democratic Party rockstar for decades and is also a history-making candidate.

I want the Democratic Party to be a party that champions women. And Democrats!

It wouldn't be unreasonable to me if the DNC were more interested in seeing a longterm Democrat and a female candidate get elected than in seeing a Bernie-come-lately white dude get elected.

And, to be honest, if Sanders really thinks about it, I bet he wouldn't really want every Democratic candidate getting the same treatment, anyway. Would he seriously argue that the DNC shouldn't have had a preference for him over Jim Webb, if he'd been the frontrunner and Webb had had a better showing?

Because I sure wouldn't argue that!


This is truly just the biggest bunch of sour grapes. The Democratic Party gave Sanders access to their platform, resources, and infrastructure, and this is the thanks he gives them. It's just the grossest ingratitude.

UPDATE: And I just read this in the New York Times:
Tad Devine, a senior adviser to Mr. Sanders, said the campaign did not think its attacks would help Mr. Trump in the long run, but added that the senator's team was "not thinking about" the possibility that they could help derail Mrs. Clinton from becoming the first woman elected president.

"The only thing that matters is what happens between now and June 14," Mr. Devine said, referring to the final Democratic primary, in the District of Columbia. "We have to put the blinders on and focus on the best case to make in the upcoming states."
If saying they're putting on "blinders" to avoid thinking about any negative consequences in forcing Hillary Clinton to campaign on two fronts, despite the fact Sanders has no chance to win, doesn't expose that this is nothing but an ego trip at this point, I don't know what would.

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