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ICYMI: The Democratic Race Has Now Devolved Into Nastiness

- April 8, 2016

Excerpts from The Washington Post


By: Eugene Robinson
Friday, April 8, 2016

“… [T]he Clinton-Sanders race has devolved into gratuitous and self-destructive nastiness.
 
“The rhetorical hissing and spitting escalated Wednesday when Sanders charged that Clinton — a former senator, secretary of state and first lady — is not “qualified” to be president …
 
“His less-than-complete answers, Clinton said, show that ‘what he has been saying about the core issue in his whole campaign doesn’t seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law or the practical ways you get something done.’
 
“Ouch. Sanders wasn’t that bad at the Daily News. And frankly, his questioners seemed more confused about some aspects of financial regulation than Sanders did.
 
“On Thursday, Sanders was still hopping mad. At an appearance in Philadelphia, he told reporters that ‘if Secretary Clinton thinks that I just come from the small state of Vermont, that we’re not used to this, well, we’ll get used to it fast. I’m not going to get beaten up. I’m not going to get lied about. We will fight back’…
 
“Does anyone else recall those early debates in which both candidates pledged to forswear personal attacks and stick to the issues? We’re now at the point that it takes days of bitter squabbling before the campaigns can even agree on a time and place for their next debate. It will be in Brooklyn — Sanders’s birthplace and the site of Clinton’s campaign headquarters — on April 14. One assumes the gloves will be off.
 
“It is no mystery why this once-polite contest has become so testy: What may be the day of reckoning is nigh …
 
“It is time, the Clintonistas believe, for Sanders to think about dropping out in the interest of party unity.
 
“I have argued that Sanders has every right to stay in and that his many supporters in states yet to vote should have the chance to express their preference. But if it’s not time for Sanders to pull out, it’s also not time for him to scorch the earth in a way that damages Clinton’s prospects in November should she win the nomination …
 
“The party cannot afford to have Sanders supporters — if their candidate loses — licking their wounds and nursing their grievances…”
 
Read the full column here.


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