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January 14, 2016

CHELSEA CLINTON GOES ON THE ATTACK; DEMOCRATS ASK WHY: “They note that Chelsea Clinton has mostly been used to highlight Hillary Clinton’s softer side as a mother and grandmother and say she seemed uncomfortable shedding her first daughter persona for the role of attack dog.”

Attack dog? Well, I’m glad I didn’t write that.

“The thing that tells you as much as anything about [the Clinton campaign’s] current state of mind is Chelsea going on the attack. It tells you everything you need to know,” said one Democratic strategist. “That this [challenge from Sanders] is real and they’ve got to be freaking out.”

See also: The 2008 Hillary flameout, when she thought she had her coronation in the bag.

And camp Clinton is freaking out: Chelsea’s claiming that Bernie “wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, dismantle private insurance,” without mentioning that his goal is to usher in single-payer healthcare, as Jim Geraghty writes:

But as flawed and dangerous as single-payer is, Sanders’ plan only “dismantles” Obamacare, CHIP, Medicare and private insurance to replace it with taxpayer-funded care for everybody. Chelsea’s pointing to only one-half of Sanders’ agenda in order to make it look like he wants to unplug Grandma from the respirator and snatch away Tiny Tim’s cane.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be stunned that Chelsea Clinton, former NBC News reporter under the tutelage of Brian Williams, is running around telling stories that are exaggerated to the point of falsehood. Alternately, maybe Chelsea inherited the shameless lying gene from both sides.

Geraghty notes the logical next escalation of the blue-on-blue war: “What happens when Bernie Sanders shoots back, and calls out Chelsea Clinton on this? ‘HOW DARE HE ATTACK A PREGNANT MOTHER!’”

Heh — that 2008 parody of Hillary as Norma Desmond is still looking pretty spot-on.