Bernie Sanders has sparked a revolution on the left not only by attacking Wall Street and constantly reminding everyone who will listen that his opponent Hillary Clinton is troublingly close to Goldman Sachs.
In addition to Hillary's longtime relationships with numerous Goldman execs and her much-discussed $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman, she has been loathe to make any real effort to distance herself from her financial sector ties. That implied sense of Hillary being compromised by Wall Street has led to many Democratic voters to "Feel the Bern," and Sanders maintains a commanding lead in New Hampshire with less than 24 hours to go to the primary.
But yesterday, CNN published a report about Sanders and Wall Street money that was somewhere between "Exposé" and "Just Sayin"...
In recent years, Sanders has been billed as one of the hosts for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's retreats for the "Majority Trust" -- an elite group of top donors who give more than $30,000 per year -- at Martha's Vineyard in the summer and Palm Beach, Florida, in the winter. CNN has obtained invitations that listed Sanders as a host for at least one Majority Trust event in each year since 2011.
The retreats are typically attended by 100 or more donors who have either contributed the annual legal maximum of $33,400 to the DSCC, raised more than $100,000 for the party or both.
Aside from the buzzwords like "elite," "legal maximum" and "Martha's Vineyard" the CNN report is rather light on specifics. While it is certainly odd to picture Sanders yelling at millionaires in pink shorts while they scarf lobster at Edgartown Yacht Club and then pay for the privilege, it's hardly a surveillance photo of Bernie and Wall Street sharing a post-coitus cigarette in bed.
But things in New Hampshire are getting desperate for the Clinton campaign, and the CNN report is - at the very least - ammo. And lucky for Camp Hillary, they have someone in the fold who can take even the flimsiest mud and spin it into golden attack grenades.
That's right you guys, the Rumpelstiltskin of American politics is in the house!
Bill Clinton uncorked an extended attack on Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, harshly criticizing Mr. Sanders and his supporters for what he described as inaccurate and “sexist” attacks on Hillary Clinton.
“When you’re making a revolution you can’t be too careful with the facts,” Mr. Clinton said, deriding Mr. Sanders’s oft-mentioned call for a political revolution.
You mess with the Hill, you get the Bill.
The former president shifted into his best - if thorny - "Explainer-in-Chief" mode and attempted to crystalize the hypocrisy of Bernie's campaign thusly:
"It’s a hermetically sealed box. It’s very effective. [Bernie] said “Look, the system is rigged against you by the big banks, and both parties are in the thrall of the big banks. Anybody who takes money from Goldman Sachs couldn’t possibly be president”… Well he may have to tweak that answer a little bit, or we may have to get a write-in candidate."
The last bit was clearly a nod to the CNN report, but instead of just a subtle shout-out, Bill poked at the report hard by quipping "I practically fell out of my chair when I saw it."
Bill Clinton is SHOCKED everyone. He is gobsmacked that Bernie gave these speeches, and he can just picture Bernie winking at Tony James in the front row of those speeches, telegraphing his forbidden love for Wall Street while soaking in the fresh Cape Cod air.
And Bill should be able to picture it since he knows about playing to Wall Street donors as well as he knows his way around Martha's Vineyard.
And since the Clintons now seemed determined to run away from their Wall Street relationships (at least until fundraising for the general election begins), we are left with America's greatest living retail politician throwing on a flannel jacket and throwing barbs at an old Socialist who is somehow giving the Clintons fits.
Oh, and Donald Trump is also in New Hampshire essentially yelling "Yo mama" at JEB! Bush.
What a year, America!