Since the Iowa caucus just one week ago today as of this writing ( which Sanders may have won ) the Clinton campaign and their allies have made a series of public mistakes that you would not expect from people who are supposed to be among the most politically astute in the country.
First we have the spectacle of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein, who helped facilitate the near crash of the global economy back in 2008, telling us that the Sanders campaign represents a dangerous moment.
Next up: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who told CBS 60 Minutes Leslie Stahl that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children due to US led sanctions was, basically, acceptable, telling women who support Sanders that there’s a special place in hell FOR THEM!
Not to be outdone, feminist icon Gloria Steinem tells Bill Maher that young women of the millenial stripe are supporting Sanders over Clinton because, well, that’s where the boys are.
One would think that the rapid succession and almost instantaneous blowback ftrom these ill advised public comments would be enough to give Hillary’s campaign people pause, but one would be wrong.
Yesterday former President Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton, of White House intern Monica Lewinsky, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar fame, comes out with fists flying and slams the Sanders campaign for his online supporters, wait for it……. sexism! Bill Clinton accuses others of………………..sexism!
This, in particular, is the most abhorrent attack of all given the likelihood that the entire ” BernieBro’s ” brou haha is little more than a concoction created by pro-Clinton opinion people out to smear Sanders. As Glenn Greenwald very excellently lays out in The Intercept, there is very little hard evidence to back the claim up.
And the irony isn’t over yet. Blankfein was right about this being a dangerous moment, just not in the way he meant. If the Clinton people keep up these kinds of despicable campaign tactics they run the risk of seriously fracturing the great mass of emerging progressive voters only nine months out from the November election.
And that could result in a dangerous moment indeed.