NATIONAL (VFB) – This weekend while stumping at Grand View University in Iowa, Hillary Clinton launched another strange attack against Bernie Sanders. This time, Clinton took aim at the Senator for his advocating Universal healthcare, despite previously holding that position herself.
In the shrillest tone and wagging her finger sharply at the audience, Clinton proclaimed that under her administration healthcare for all Americans would “Never, Ever Come to Pass!”
— Veterans For Bernie (@vets4bernie) April 10, 2017
Other than formerly advocating Universal Healthcare herself, Clinton’s attack is strange for a number of reasons.
First, in 2007 Clinton famously chastised then-Senator Barack Obama for allegedly using “tactics straight out of Karl Rove’s playbook” in the healthcare debate of that year.
“Since when do Democrats attack one another on universal healthcare? I thought we were trying to realize Harry Truman’s dream. I thought this campaign finally gave us an opportunity to achieve universal healthcare.“
Flashback: Hillary Clinton on universal health care in 2008https://t.co/QCUnlrNCLe
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 13, 2016
Even stranger, 23 years ago in 1993 Clinton personally praised Sanders for his ongoing commitment to achieving Universal Healthcare.
That’s what makes Clinton’s statements so remarkable, in that she used to preach Universal Healthcare as a “core democratic value,” and she ripped anyone who attempted to use the tactics she is now using.
this is pretty much straight out of Karl Rove's playbook: lie about the opponent doing what you yourself have done https://t.co/WpHQdUzLz5
— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) January 11, 2016
Not only that, but by positioning herself against Universal Healthcare, Clinton’s stance is arguably now more conservative Republican than progressive Democratic. Noting the shift, Bernie Sanders wasted no time in calling out Clinton’s troubling new position.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook just said health care as a right is an idea that "can’t get done in Washington.” Couldn't disagree more.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 31, 2016
Perhaps Clinton’s change of heart is due to her cozy relationship with the health and drug industries (along with Big Oil, Wall Street, and others). From 2013 to 2015, just 13 speeches netted Clinton a cool $3 million.
Regardless of the issue, every aspiring Presidential candidate should know better than to nearly lose their shit on stage in a passionate moment.
In 2004, former Governor Howard Dean had a similar, terribly awkward moment that quite literally signaled the end to his campaign.
— Esquire (@esquire) January 29, 2016
In what has become known as the Dean Scream, Dean famously lost all control in an impassioned stage moment that would have otherwise faded into obscurity.
Dean’s ’04 Scream was as hilarious for late-night comedians as it was detrimental to his campaign. Comedy Central host Dave Chapelle made a skit about the embarrassing episode.
As cringeworthy as it was, Hillary’s mean scream against Universal Healthcare was more than just an embarrassing moment. It was an extremely illuminating moment, one that clarifies Clinton’s current position against access to affordable healthcare as a right of all Americans. Whether or not the declaration is a turning point for her candidacy remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though, 2008 Hillary sure would be upset with 2016 Hillary.