Gone are the days of Bernie Sanders as the humble public servant whose mission was to make life better for the American working class. The “Not Me, Us” mantra was tossed away with used campaign signs somewhere along the way. Turns out Bernie Sanders was a (GASP!) politician all along.
In his latest self-important, party-be-damned statements, he rejects the politeness of internal party politics and brushes off the experience of his Democratic rival. As The Hill reports:
Bernie Sanders shied away from agreeing to put Hillary Clinton into his hypothetical presidential Cabinet during a Wednesday interview.
“There are other people I would probably go to before Hillary Clinton, like Elizabeth Warren, for example,” Sanders said Wednesday during an interview on The Young Turks online news show.
Sanders also criticized Clinton’s liberal chops and trustworthiness earlier in the interview when the host argued she’s pivoting away from President Obama’s foreign policy after criticizing Sanders for not standing by the president’s positions.
“That’s been the criticism of Hillary Clinton from day one and that’s why people frankly don’t trust her.
Contrast that with Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic debate response to whether she would have Bernie Sanders as VP:
Well, I’m certainly going to unite the party, but I’m not — I’m not getting ahead of myself. I think that would be a little bit presumptuous. If I’m so fortunate as to be the nominee, the first person I will call to talk to about where we go and how we get it done will be Sen. Sanders.
Here’s Sanders’ reply to that same debate question:
I agree with what the secretary said. We shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves. And as I have said many times, you know, sometimes in these campaigns, things get a little bit out of hand. I happen to respect the secretary very much, I hope it’s mutual. And on our worst days, I think it is fair to say we are 100 times better than any Republican candidate.
He just couldn’t eke out the slightest show of party diplomacy. Deference to those more knowledgeable is not a trait one sees in Sanders; it’s this type of arrogance that many Democrats find so off-putting about him. Hillary Clinton’s experience speaks for itself; on the other hand, Sanders’ lack of foreign policy chops is his biggest weakness.
It would serve Bernie Sanders well to show a little respect for his opponent and the party he has co-opted; and a little humility never hurts, either.