Lord, just when we’re convinced that only Republicans make stupid and embarrassing mistakes that could cost their candidate the election, Hillary Clinton goes and does something enormously stupid. It confirms my view that she prizes loyalty above propriety, and her latest shenanigans will make me hold my nose even harder when I’m forced to vote for her in November.
Most of you probably know the backstory: WikiLeaks revealed a bunch of emails circulated by Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff. They show that the DNC, which is supposed to remain neutral about Democratic candidates until after one is finally nominated, was, behind the scenes, working hard to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. That’s a no-no. Even worse for us atheists and secular Jews, some of the emails suggested that the DNC should somehow emphasize that Sanders had a Jewish background and might even have been—horrors!—an atheist. That, they said, could hurt Sanders, especially in the South. The suggestion that my own partyfor I’ve been a registered Democratic my whole adult life—would denigrate a candidate by associating him with either Judaism or atheism (or in fact any religion or form of nonbelief), is deeply offensive.
When this information came out—and there’s no suggestion that Clinton was involved in any of this—the chairman of the DNC, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, fell on her sword, announcing yesterday that she’s resigning that position. That’s as it should be, for she’s ultimately responsible for these biased shenanigans. But Schultz didn’t want to resign, and, as the Washington Post reports, she stepped aside only after Barack Obama phoned her.
Then Hillary pulled a bonehead move: she hired Wasserman Schultz as her “honorary campaign chair”. As Fortune reported:
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says she looks forward to campaigning with Wasserman Schultz in Florida “and helping her re-election bid.” Clinton responded after Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down as chair at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention.
We already know that many Sanders supporters feel poorly treated because Clinton’s vice-presidential pick is not a supporter of Sanders’s progressivism, and now it’s gotten worse. Sanders was gracious enough to give Clinton a strong endorsement, and then she takes aboard someone who bears responsibility for favoring Clinton over Sander when she was supposed to be neutral. It doesn’t look good: it looks like a reward for undercutting Sanders before the nomination (which, by the way, hasn’t formally occurred). Needing the support of Sanders supporters, Clinton also made a tactical error.
I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton, and will vote for her mainly to avoid the much worse alternative of having Donald Trump as President. But this latest stupid move just confirms Clinton’s “screw you” attitude towards the many of us who would have preferred Sanders as the nominee.