How the Establishment Is Trying to Deep-Six Sanders’s Campaign

Eric Zuesse

The Hillary Clinton campaign is now focusing its public pitch at liberal fools to get them to ignore her record and believe her words. Here are examples:

The NBC ‘News’ political analyst (and perhaps a future President Clinton’s Press Secretary) Chuck Todd posted, on May 1st, the following item, under the heading “Why Bernie Sanders Likely Helps Hillary Clinton”:

“*** Why Bernie Sanders likely helps Hillary: Bernie Sanders’ official entrance into the 2016 presidential race is most likely a good outcome for Hillary Clinton. Why? He will elevate many of the issues that Clinton and the entire Democratic Party want to discuss during the primary season (income inequality, curtailing the role of big money in presidential politics, climate change). And he’ll do so as someone who isn’t interested in scoring political points – especially in the form of negative attacks – against Hillary. Hillary’s Harlem (err Brooklyn) Globetrotters now has its Washington (err Vermont) Generals. The question we have is whether it’s enough competition to up Hillary’s game.”

The major ‘news’ media are pressing hard this line, that Hillary needs only to speak her mind truthfully, and Democratic voters will then know that she supports their interests and not the interests of the billionaires who are pouring enormous cash into her campaign coffers, such as:

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Robert L. Borosage (who is paid by the ‘Institute for America’s Future,’ and by the ‘Campaign for America’s Future,’ and by ‘Progressive Majority,’ and by The Nation, and by other aristocratic liberal front organizations) headlined at (one such front) Huffington Post, similarly on April 30th, “Hillary: Time to Step Up on the Trade Deal,” and he opened:

“It’s time for Hillary Clinton to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the fast track authority designed to ramrod it through the Congress. Hillary has been non-committal to date, with many assuming she will eventually support the president whom she served as Secretary of State. But now the pressure to take a stand is growing.”

Borosage then said that Hillary is needed by the Party now in order to help defeat what he calls (this time with real, not fake, honesty) “The President’s Corporate Offensive.” In other words, he’s actually saying: the pro-Wall-Street ‘Democrat’ Hillary is needed in order to help defeat the pro-Wall-Street ‘Democratic’ President’s trade deals.

How stupid and faithful (to Hillary) do these people think Democratic voters are?

All of these liberal aristocratic hacks are publicly urging Clinton to say things that her entire prior history proves that she doesn’t really believe. They are urging her to lie (which, of course, she will do anyway, as soon as the time is ‘appropriate’).

On April 26th, I headlined “What’s Obama Up to, with His TPP & TTIP?” and I presented both Obama’s and Hillary’s actual records on both NAFTA and the now-proposed TPP & TTIP, and what I documented there is that both of these politicians talked a storm against those deals while they were running for the Democratic nomination but then turned around 180 degrees and pushed the deal through once they gained the power they had purchased with that campaign cash. In other words: both Obama and Hillary have proven track-records on this, and both are proven liars in exactly the same way: they sucker the liberal masses while seeking their Party’s nomination, but then serve their own financial backers’ interests once in power and thus they return the favor to their financial backers that those backers had purchased while the ‘liberal’ poliitician was campaigning to win those liberal votes by lying to those liberal voters.

How much more will liberals put up with these lies from these double-crossing liars who are actually nothing more than agents for the aristocracy? For the evidence that it’s that crass, just click on that last link above. It’s raw — exactly what the Republican ‘Justices’ on the U.S. Supreme Court wanted when they ruled that political campaign contributions are First-Amendment-protected ‘free speech,’ especially for corporations and (the largely defunct) labor unions (the latter so as for those conservative ‘Justices’ to ‘prove’ that they’re ‘non-partisan’). It’s simply one con on top of another, ad-nauseum.

It might even have gotten now to the “quid pro quo” level of outright bribes that those ‘Justices’ themselves have said exceed the bounds of ‘protected free speech.’ See this for the evidence on that. But who cares? Do those Republican ‘Justices,’ even? Aristocrats traditionally prefer to engage in the other kinds of corruption, anyway. If what Bill and Hillary Clinton are doing is extending down to that ‘lower class’ corruption, who cares, at this stage, about those ‘finer’ points, of such judge-made laws?

So: turn the TV off, and end your newspaper and magazine subscriptions, or else continue to pay the aristocrats who receive that money to deceive you with it. That’s how rotten things have now become. As a news-consumer, one must either go on strike, or get struck. That’s what the public’s ‘choice’ remains, in this judge-made ‘democracy.’


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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