By Bob Cesca
According to Nate Silver’s latest projection, Bernie Sanders is now favored to win the New Hampshire primary. For the first time in the campaign, Silver’s algorithm has projected a 63 percent chance of the Vermont Democrat winning the first-in-the-nation primary, next to Hillary Clinton’s 37 percent. (Reminder: These are the odds of winning, not poll numbers, which are generally closer together.)
Meanwhile, Sanders is taking increasingly pointed shots at Clinton, and in particular in the one area where she has a serious edge over her more liberal rival. During a town hall on Tuesday, Sanders was asked about foreign policy, and began with a backhanded compliment about his rival’s own experience in the area. But there are two words from Sanders’ remarks that represent a painful, strafing pass at the former Secretary of State. According to The Washington Post, Sanders said:
“I think on the crucial foreign policy issue of our time, it turns out that Secretary Clinton, with all of her experience, was wrong and I was right. Experience is important. Dick Cheney had a lot of experience. A whole lot of people have experience but do not necessarily have the right judgment. I think I have the right judgment to conduct sensible foreign policy.”
So, not only did Sanders hit Clinton for her vote to support the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq — which, naturally, gave the George W. Bush administration a blank check to conduct its frivolous invasion and occupation — but he also went on to directly compare Clinton to perhaps the most horrendous villain in the conservative rogues gallery: former Vice President Dick Cheney. In other words, we shouldn’t count on Clinton’s foreign policy experience alone because clearly she’s capable of making decisions that are as misguided and dangerous as Cheney’s warmongering.
But that wasn’t Sanders’ only verbal assault on Clinton and her allies.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Sanders took a shot at both Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, each of which recently endorsed Hillary Clinton.
“I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund [sic] and Planned Parenthood. But, you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”
Obviously, “establishment” is intended as a cut. And, regarding Planned Parenthood, it’s difficult to see it in such a light, given how nearly half of all states as well as one third of the U.S. government is trying to de-fund and kill it.
In response, Clinton tweeted the following: