With the polls tightening in Iowa and voting both there and in New Hampshire just a few weeks away, the Kumbaya feeling in the Democratic primary is gone. In particular, the Hillary Clinton camp has evidently decided it's time to go on offense against independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, lest 2016 start feeling like 2008 all over again.
Predictably, one line of attack is on Sanders' record on gun control, which certainly has its blemishes. Another, though, makes far less sense, particularly in a Democratic primary: Clinton is lambasting Sanders' proposal for a universal, single-payer health care system. And she's doing it in a pretty dishonest way.
"His plan would take Medicare and Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act health care insurance and private employer health insurance and he would take that all together and send health insurance to the states, turning over your and my health insurance to governors," Clinton said. "We had enough of a fight to get to the Affordable Care Act. So I don’t want to rip it up and start over."
The problem of course is that Hillary herself has been for universal healthcare since....well since forever it seems.
That problem became even more obvious when the Sanders campaign posted this:
Of course Hillary's attack only emboldened support for Bernie and afterwards his campaign managed to raise 1.4 million in one day.
I have NO idea what Hillary was thinking here, but this is not helping her.
I guess she thought that supporting Obamacare, and not pushing for universal health care, would be a good political strategy. It kind of makes sense if you don't realize just how many Democrats REALLY want universal health care.
But this I do know, if she wants to lose this nomination, this is exactly how to do it.