Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Playbook Against Bernie Sanders Is a Lot Like Her 2008 Playbook Against Obama

Branko Marcetic | In These Times | February 9, 2016

In the midst of a fierce primary contest, Hillary Clinton has laid into her opponent: “I could stand up here and say, ‘Let’s just get everybody together. Let’s get unified. The sky will open. The light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect.”

“You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear,” she added.

This wasn’t Clinton in 2016 attacking her opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for what she and her supporters view as his unrealistic and fantastical promises to the American people. This was Clinton in 2008, launching a stinging, sarcastic rebuke to her then-Democratic primary opponent, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, and his vague pledges of “hope” and “change.”

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