So, Bernie Sanders' scorched earth campaign against Hillary Clinton continues, despite the fact that polls show that a large majority of his supporters are prepared to vote for her in the general election. His latest jeremiad against Hillary? That a vote for her would merely be a vote for "the lesser of two evils."
On ABC's This Week, Sanders told host George Stephanopoulos that voting for Hillary vs. Trump would be "voting for the lesser of two evils." When Stephanopoulos asked him if that's how he's describing voting for Hillary, Bernie deflected, saying it's not him saying that, but "the American people."
Sanders: We need a campaign—an election—coming up which does not have two candidates who are really very, very strongly disliked. I don't wanna see the American people voting for the lesser of two evils. I want the American people to be voting for a vision of economic justice, of social justice, of environmental justice, of racial justice. That is the campaign we are running, and that's why we are getting the support we are."I've got a piece at BNR with additional commentary about this nonsense.
Stephanopoulos: Is that how you would describe Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump—as the lesser of two evils?
Sanders: Well, if you look— No, I wouldn't describe it, but that's what the American people are saying. If you look at the favorability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of them have very, very high unfavorables.
Then, during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union, Sanders said during another monologue against the "corrupt" Democratic nominating process: "Some 400 of Hillary Clinton's superdelegates came on board her campaign before anybody else announced. It was anointment. And that is bad for the process."
"Anointment" is, first and foremost, more dogwhistled sexism. But, beyond that, I wish one damn journalist would point out to Sanders in response to this shtick that Clinton has run for president before. She was a known quantity.
And, in addition to that, she was a Democrat. A long-time Democrat. He has been a Democrat (at least in name) for a hot minute.
It's entirely reasonable for Democratic superdelegates to back, at the outset, a long-time Democrat with a proven track record of knowing how to build and manage a national presidential campaign.
Further, as I have now pointed out about a biebillion times: In 2008, the superdelegates also started out backing Clinton by a large majority. And when she began losing the primary, they started backing then-candidate Barack Obama.
She wasn't "anointed" then, and she's not being "anointed" now.
In other news, Sanders also said on CBS' Face the Nation that he's supporting Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary opponent, law professor Tim Canova: "Do I think she is the kind of chair that the Democratic Party needs? No, I don't."
Now, personally, I have problems with some of DWS' decisions; I don't believe she's above criticism. (No one is!) But it's very interesting to me that Sanders has announced his support for her primary opponent, who just happens to be a dude.
Which means he's supporting four candidates, two of whom are straight and running against openly gay contenders, and one of whom is a man running against a woman.
I keep getting
Oh well. Feel free to ignore all of the above, since I'm just a paid shill for Hillary Clinton who definitely only started caring about these sorts of things once I started getting paid to write exactly the same things somewhere else that I've been writing here for 12 years. (Make sense of that!) (I dare you!)