“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them, they’re now planning to run more. Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”
The above was twitchily delivered by Clinton Chief Strategist, Joel Benenson, appearing on CNN in response to the Sander’s campaign push for a debate ahead of the New York primary.
LMAO! Essentially. “How dare you tell the truth about the positions I supported before the primary and all the millions I stuffed in my pockets! Shame on you Mr. Sanders! Shame on you!”
Just as a point of fact, describing your record, and quoting your own words, is not going dirty. If you can’t stand by it, you shouldn’t have done it. Particularly if it involved adopting policies counter to the progressive mask sloppily sewed on for the primaries.
I get Hillary’s perspective. She has a lead in delegates and wants to run out the clock. Personally, I want them to have the debate since I want to maximize Bernie’s visibility before the primary. That said. Using Bernie’s ‘tone’ as the excuse is laughable. Insert 20 minute laugh track here. I’ll give Joel credit though. He said it with a straight face.
Joel, we’re sorry to inconvenience you with our voting. I know democracy is such a pain in the ass. And look, if my “inevitable” employer just got blown out in the last five races, I’d probably want to discuss “tone” (British accent) also.
Actually! No. I wouldn’t. I’d want to discuss the plagues of the country and my plans to address them. I’d want to talk about my record. My integrity. If you’re talking about tone Joel, you’re not talking about anything. She is a deeply flawed candidate. But that has nothing to do with Bernie.