The National Review shared a tweet from a Senate aide who said: "this s*** is hilarious because it sounds like both something Bernie would say and Elizabeth Warren would make up."
This has been a very sad day for me as a Democrat. This "battle of the sexes nonsense" proves that something I think it's kind of a stupid distraction can also be incredibly nuanced and worthwhile. And a giant mess.
1. Bernie Sanders.
I have no difficulty imagining that he said something like that. I don't think he said "I don't think a woman can defeat Trump" but considering the stupid "30 years" remark he made, the guy puts his foot in his mouth a lot, so maybe he did. I think he could have added more empathy to what he said overall. Two weeks into the near year and "Front-Runner Sanders" survived a landmine by absorbing most of the blast. Considering he doesn't have the support of a political machine (besides his own) to help him on the road to November 9th, that doesn't bode well.
2. Sanders' supporters.
Sanders needs to tell them to refrain from sexist/misogynistic berating of Warren supporters on social media NOW. If he doesn't, it is inconceivable that he could unify the party if he becomes the nominee (which likely will not happen). They are being awful, awful, awful.
That debate was fucking ridiculous. There's right-wing framing and then there's whatever that was. "How are you going to keep your policies from bankrupting the country?" I believe that one of the reason Sanders' supporters were so furious at Warren was because they were so amped by that awful debate -- WHICH IS NO EXCUSE.
4. Elizabeth Warren.
I've expended a great deal of time and energy thinking about her this week. I just hate that she did this. Because it's not helping her and it's not helping "her friend" (the person whose policies she aligns the most with). This week, she pushed the limits of allyship more than I thought possible. This was a political move and it's backfiring against her spectacularly. This is not the case of a woman only summoning the strength to come forward now to speak truth. We're not talking about sexual assault or harassment. If she can only summon the strength to talk about this now, then she can't be President. This is a knife, pure and simple. The only conceivable out I can give her is that she didn't know about the leak, which CNN has all-but confirmed that she leaked it. If it comes out that she didn't know, then I will donate to her already-failed campaign out of fealty. After all, I am her demographic: college educated, white, not-affluent but of means, and certainly there to vote for whoever the Democrats nominate in the general. How offensive.
5. Joe Biden.
At the end of the debate, I was like "Give me Biden, I can't deal with this." I can't be the only one. During a debate where we should have been talking about Biden's differences of opinion with the rest of the stage on Iran, his Iraq vote, trade, impeachment, and (I don't know) when he publicly said "Hillary faced sexism but that won't be a problem with me!"... he just sort of cruised through, didn't he? That's very convenient for him. So, let's prepare for the Presidency of Joe Biden, which will be marked by a reversal of Donald Trump's policies, a public option, some maternity leave and immigration reform, lousy trade deals, a mix of foreign unity and military blunders, hopefully some climate change regulation, a Republican Vice President, and of course reaching across the aisle which proved so popular we lost 1000 seats. If there is a silver lining, it's that having such a gaffe-prone, self-evolution resistant narcissist in office will make The Left chill on social justice crusading juuuust a little bit if it means political survival. As it is, I fear for the deep schisms in The Democratic Party as half embraces corporate-friendly virtue signaling while the other swears by identity-blind economic progressivism as we await whatever Post-Trump Republican Party sweeps the 2022 midterms.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." ~ FDR