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Response to frylock (Reply #62)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:21 PM

67. The constant attacks on Hillary

Bernie started out railing against Wall Street, but this pretty soon turned into a constant attack on Hillary, with an underlying "Hillary is a corporate whore" theme, choc full of smears and innuendos, but without specifics to show how exactly she has sold her soul. I can see that Bernie supporters have bought this line, but I don't. I see a far more complex (albeit imperfect) Hillary, and this despite the fact that I did not like her in 2008 (I was an Obama supporter). I find this underlying theme of Bernie's campaign to be troublesome and sexist. (And no, I'm not pulling some card. I am merely answering your question. These have been my private feelings about the nature of Bernie's campaign for months now.) I was also annoyed at how his campaign would shift the blame to Hillary when they do something wrong (e.g. datagate).

In the end, I did not support Bernie because of the lack of specifics in his plans, and the fact that he promises a revolution that he has made no effort to build. But the negativity of the campaign has bothered me for a long time - not because I'm surprised by it (Hillary also engages in negative campaigning, although she's not very good at it), but because of the sheer hypocrisy.

Anyway, all of this is moot now. The primaries are running their course, and Hillary will be the nominee. I hope that Bernie will tone down his attacks and starts to move towards support of the presumptive nominee, even if his over-enthusiastic supporters are not yet ready for that.

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