Burr vs. Hamilton.
Red Sox vs. Yankees.
Jerry vs. Newman.
These are just some of the all-time great rivalries New York has experienced down the years.
In just the last week we can add one more to the list: Sanders vs. Clinton.
As the battle for delegate-rich New York intensifies, the Democrat primary has boiled over into an all-out slugfest. Any notions of a Democrat primary marked by civility have been now ripped to shreds.
Sanders has suggested Clinton isn’t qualified to be president because of her hypocrisy on her relationship with Wall Street and support for the Iraq War. Clinton stopped just short of saying the same thing about Sanders because he hasn’t “done his homework.”
Sanders has also been pointing out Clinton’s hypocrisy on claiming she doesn’t take donations from individuals and groups affiliated with the oil and gas industry when she actually does.
She even recently has been fundraising with a Democrat governor so pro-fracking he literally drank a glass of fracking fluid. Clinton’s blow-up at a protester who called her out on her pandering on the environment shows she knows she has no room to hide from the accusations.
With the sniping and stone-throwing growing to a fever pitch, Democrat senators are worried the rhetoric is hurting the party. “I’m very concerned about the tone. I think it’s inordinately destructive and I think it shouldn’t happen,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he is also troubled. “I don’t think it’s constructive for our candidates to be suggesting that either lack the qualifications to serve as president,” he said.
That’s putting it mildly.
Perhaps the pressure of losing 7 of the last 8 primaries and caucus is getting to Clinton, especially with her forecasted to lose big in the Wyoming caucus tomorrow.
And she can’t be happy at the way Bill Clinton went off-message and unloaded on Black Lives Matter protesters at an event in Philly.
If Clinton loses New York she will face a whole new round of questions about whether she really has what it takes to win the nomination.
For now the war of words rages with no end in sight.
It’s almost as intense as another recent legendary New York showdown: Hillary versus the subway turnstile.
Elections Hillary Clinton