No more Mr. Nice Bernie.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who has reignited his presidential campaign in the weeks since a heart attack put his political future in doubt — is now making a direct and sharpened case against former vice president Joe Biden in the final stretch before next month’s Iowa caucuses.
In an interview between events here this week, Sanders said Biden’s record and ties to the political establishment make him ill-suited to defeat Trump in November — and urged Democrats to value voters’ appetite for sweeping change over Biden’s perceived electability.
“It’s just a lot of baggage that Joe takes into a campaign, which isn’t going to create energy and excitement,” Sanders said. “He brings into this campaign a record which is so weak that it just cannot create the kind of excitement and energy that is going to be needed to defeat Donald Trump.”
In the interview, Sanders said Biden’s past backing of military intervention in Iraq would hurt him with young voters, while his support of free trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, would make him vulnerable in the industrial Midwest, where Trump scored victories in 2016.
“It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that Trump will be saying, ‘You see this guy? He voted for NAFTA,’ ” Sanders said.
Sanders also cast Biden as part of the political elite, cozy with Wall Street and unable to confront major financial institutions because of his record, such as his support for the bank bailout in 2008.
“People are tired of the traditional types of campaigns in which candidates like Joe are running to wealthy people’s homes and raising large sums of money,” Sanders said.
I don’t like to see people on the Democratic side of the aisle sniping at each other, but as a political tactic this makes sense.
Biden is the one obstacle that seems to keep Bernie from taking that number one spot, and going after him also demonstrates the kind of aggression that our Democratic candidate will need to defeat Donald Trump.
I am not exactly thrilled with either Biden or Sanders as our nominee, but it is looking more and more as if it will one of them at the end of the day.
I hope I’m wrong, but I guess we’ll see.
The most important attribute for any of these candidates is the ability to defeat Donald Trump and I think either of these two, as well as Elizabeth Warren, have the chops to get that job done.