Democratic rep on Clinton’s book tour: ‘There is a collective groan’
As Democratic 2020 wannabes line up to support Bernie Sanders’ flagship Medicare for All proposal, his primary opponent Hillary Clinton is getting ready to tour the country to promote her new book that blames Bernie for her loss in the general election. The cross-country excursion in support of “What Happened” kicks off Tuesday and fellow Democrats don’t sound excited.
“There is a collective groan,” Rep. Jared Huffman told Politico, “whenever there’s another news cycle about this.”
Huffman was responding specifically to leaked portions of Clinton’s book that attack Sanders as a pony-obsessed fake-Democrat whose failure to roll over apparently “paved the way” for Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” campaign. This prompted Huffman to come to Sanders’ defense Tuesday on Twitter.
“Please Hillary, don’t go there,” Huffman wrote. “I supported you. Bernie showed restraint & class & ran aspirational campaign.”
Huffman said his tweet received a lot of private “likes” from his colleagues in Congress who are similarly tired of Clinton’s commitment to ducking responsibility for her failure to submit an inspirational political vision in lieu of dabbing with Ellen and resisting single-payer healthcare and a $15 minimum wage.
“She’s got every right to tell her story. Who am I to say she shouldn’t, or how she should tell it?” Huffman said. “But it is difficult for some of us, even like myself who’ve supported her, to play out all these media cycles about the blame game, and the excuses.”
Other Congressional Democrats interviewed by Politico shared their disinterest in Clinton’s tour in more coy and savage fashion.
Asked whether she was excited for the book, Senator Claire McCaskill responded, “Beg your pardon?” When the reporter repeated the question, McCaskill shook her head and walked away.
Senator Ron Wyden said he’s more interested in discussing the party’s future than Clinton’s past. “I’ve always been a looking forward kind of a guy,” Wyden said. “I think I’ll leave it at that.”
I think what he’s trying to say is that Clinton should stay in the woods.
[Politico | photo: Getty]