Election 2020

Hillary's Campaign Upset with Sanders' 'Negative Ad'

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, argues a point during the Brown & Black Forum, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Via The Hill:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Thursday decried what it called an attack ad from Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Clinton’s aides claimed Sanders had broken his pledge to never run a negative advertisement by releasing his 30-second campaign spot on “two Democratic visions for regulating Wall Street.”

“We were very surprised today to see that Bernie Sanders had launched a negative television advertisement against Hillary,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters on a phone call.

“We were particularly surprised because he had personally pledged, and his campaign had pledged, never to run a negative advertisement,” Mook added, arguing Sanders did “break that pledge.”

Sanders’s campaign insisted that the ad wasn’t “directed at Secretary Clinton exclusively.”

“It’s about people in the Democratic establishment who believe you can take Wall Street’s money and then somehow turn around and rein in the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior,” Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement shared with The Hill.

“Obviously she is part of the establishment that Wall Street has showered with financial support. Bernie is not,” Briggs added, before touting the number of small-dollar donors contributing to his campaign.

If these two old white people weren’t so intent on destroying whatever Barack Obama leaves of the country this campaign would almost be fun to watch. The sheer lunacy of anyone affiliated with The Madame taking an opponent to task for being mean or breaking a promise is quite chuckle-worthy. She’s still with Bubba — we know that she’s OK with broken promises.

This ad does illustrate a looming problem for Bernie Sanders should he prevail. Wall Street likes to spread its political-donation money around. They’re quite bipartisan because like all successful business people, they try to prepare for any eventuality. That’s one reason that Hillary Clinton has received support from that sector.

Sanders ranting and raving against Wall Street will probably haunt him in the general election. The Wall Street money (and there is a LOT of it) won’t be enthusiastic about hedging their bets with contributions to a candidate whose entire focus is on destroying them. Sure, Democrats often pretend they don’t like “Wall Street fat cats,” but they don’t make demonizing capitalism and the financial sector the centerpieces of their campaigns. At least not very openly, anyway.

Should we continue in Lewis Carroll mode here in 2016 and end up with a Trump/Sanders general election the odds are very good that Wall Street would prefer to go all-in on the successful capitalist rather than the avowed socialist. Even if Trump isn’t the Republican nominee, most of the money will probably flow to the Republican nominee, which would put Sanders at an extreme disadvantage.

If Wall Street decides to offer Sanders some support and he takes it, well, that might do more harm than if they ignore him.