In fairness, Hillary doesn’t describe herself as a socialist — but she also can’t explain the difference between a socialist and a Democrat these days. Can you really be a socialist in good standing if you’re getting $500,000 per speech from Goldman Sachs? I guess Bernie’s fans will let us know this fall.
Here’s the key bit from today’s unity rally in New Hampshire of all places, where Sanders crushed Clinton in the primary by more than 20 points. I guess that makes sense — if you’re looking to maximize the impact of Bernie’s endorsement, choose a swing state where there are more Bernie fans than Hillary fans, right? Still, it’s odd to see them revisit the site of the landslide that launched him into semi-serious contention for the nomination. It’d be like Cruz endorsing Trump in Utah.
You’ll find a transcript of Sanders’s speech here. He dinged Trump several times, although not as often as you’d expect for a traditional laundry-list speech by a Democrat comparing their just, wise, and virtuous positions on the issues to the evil, wrongheaded Republican nominee’s. In fact, several of the points Sanders tried to score on Trump were over issues where Trump has conspicuously flirted with a more liberal position. Trump wants tax cuts for the rich, cried Bernie! Well, yes, that’s in his plan — but he’s already suggested he might rethink it. Trump would block any increase to the minimum wage, Bernie warned! Actually, Trump said two months ago he’s open to doing something about that. Trump wants to get rid of ObamaCare, Bernie howled! True, he does want to repeal O-Care — but only because he wants a bigger role for government in health care.
Poor Bernie. He worked hard today to draw partisan contrasts, but he forgot that the Republican nominee this year is a Democrat too.
Ultimately he resorted to a moral argument against Trump. If Bernie fans hold their noses and line up for Hillary, this’ll be why:
In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.
Trump’s prebuttal, delivered a few hours before this morning’s rally:
And then a few more swipes after it was over:
Is Bernie prepared to hit the trail, as Elizabeth Warren has, to make the case for Clinton over Trump at length or was this a one-shot “I did my duty now leave me alone” thing? He says here that he plans to do everything he can to help get her elected, but that’s unity boilerplate. Maybe it doesn’t matter, though. With Warren lending Hillary progressive cred on the stump, they probably don’t need Bernie to campaign actively. As long as he says the right things in interviews and doesn’t send any signals about staying home, Fauxcahontas can take it from here.