Hillary Clinton looks close to actually losing the Iowa caucuses as more and more irregularities are aired and it seems all but certain that Bernie Sanders is going to mop the floor with her in New Hampshire. Young women are rejecting her. And her national lead in the poll is going down faster than a White House intern:
Bill Clinton has been laying low (with all that implies) for a few weeks since Trump did the nation a valuable service by bringing up his history as a sexual predator. Now he thinks the heat is off and he sees Hillary circling the electoral drain and facing indictment, so he’s going on the attack against Bernie Sanders.
But Mr. Clinton’s most pointed remarks may have been when he took aim at Sanders supporters who, he said, use misogynistic language in attacking Mrs. Clinton. He told the story of a female “progressive” blogger who defended Mrs. Clinton online through a pseudonym because, he said, the vitriol from Mr. Sanders’s backers was so unrelenting.
“She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat.” Mr. Clinton, growing more demonstrative, added that the liberal journalist Joan Walsh had faced what he called “unbelievable personal attacks” for writing positively about Mrs. Clinton.
In a demonstration of how engrossed he is in this campaign, Mr. Clinton recited the names of the regional newspapers that are backing his wife’s campaign and, in a rarity, mentioned Mr. Sanders by name.
“Bernie took what they said was good about him and put it in his own endorsements,” said Mr. Clinton, fuming that Mr. Sanders used complimentary language from a Nashua Telegraph endorsement of Mrs. Clinton in his own campaign appeals.
Then, reflecting the fury among Clinton campaign advisers over what they see as the kinds of behavior Mr. Sanders gets away with, Mr. Clinton noted that the senator’s campaign had used the image of an American Legion officer in New Hampshire without his permission.
“If you point it out, it just shows how tied you are to the establishment,” he said.
This is only going to get uglier. I’m stocking up on popcorn.