BAD TONE BEGINS NEW YORK DEBATE DISCUSSION
Fresh from his now 5-state election sweep, Senator Bernie Sanders is making calls for a debate ahead of the New York primary on April 19th. However, rather than seeking to defend her home state, the response from Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist to CNN, when asked about the possibility of such a debate was far less than appropriate. In fact, it was completely dismissive of such a debate happening.
This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more. Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.
This of course could make people scratch their heads over what “negative ads” Mr. Benneson was referring to. It turns out, what the Clinton campaign considers a negative ad is of questionable validity, as they attacked the following ad as an attack on Clinton back in January.
THE IRONY, OF COURSE, IS THAT HILLARY CLINTON HAS, IN THE PAST, STATED THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE WILLING TO DEBATE ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.
@TheNewDeal (ht: @PittsBern) “You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere” – #HillaryClinton #WhichHillarypic.twitter.com/PkaKD9HBoS
— M (@mpmt3102) March 28, 2016
Mr. Benenson has, through his statements, done more of an attack on Sanders than the Sanders campaign has done against Hillary Clinton. In so doing, rather than defending a position to not have a debate, he may have made such a debate required. For now, if Hillary opts to not join Sanders on the stage before the New York primary, it would set the “tone” in such a way as to undermine confidence in her ability to handle the general election. After all, if the idea of “two Visions” is an attack, imagine when the GOP mud machine gets going.
After all, even Marco Rubio recognized that Politics is a Full Contact Sport.
In reality, the Democratic primary has been relatively free of negative advertisement this season. While some social media attacks by overzealous supports on both sides can and will happen, from the candidates themselves, it has been generally polite and on topic.
There is no clear idea as to what ‘tone’ which Mr. Benenson is refering to. Could it be that Sanders is campaigning against the 1%? It might be due to Sanders pursuit of small donors rather than large lending institutions. The ‘tone’ may even be something as simple as Sanders focus on the economy, forgetting that her own husband’s campaign was based on the key phrase “The economy, Stupid.”
In the end, the forceful attack by Mr. Benenson brings up another quote, by the fateful master of words, William Shakespeare.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks