"The world a President has to grapple with- sometimes you can't even imagine," intones the narrator in the Hillary Clinton ad "The World."
Evidently, the world is almost as difficult to grapple with as a 74-year-old fellow from a tiny state. Common Dreams reports
Appearing on Meet The Press Sunday, Bernie Sanders suggested a debate before the New York primary, one to be held somewhere in that state. Later that day, Sanders' campaign director Jeff Weaver sent to his counterpart in the Clinton campaign a letter in which he adopted what a New York Times writer a "taunting tone" in urging the Clinton people to accept a debate in New York State.
In response, on Monday Clinton chief pollster Joel Benenson stated that his client's future participation would "depend on the tone" set by the Vermont Senator because the latter is "running a very negative campaign against us." Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon labeled the debate proposal a "stunt." While echoing Fallon, adviser Karen Finney complained about the Sanders campaign "polling on new lines of attack on Hillary Clinton" though at the beginning of the campaign he had said "I don't do negative attacks."
As of this moment, the candidate herself has not weighed in. But she is a long way from the Senator who in 2008 ran a commercial (below) "It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” adding “Who do you want answering the phone?” She didn't mean Barack Obama.
That was eight years ago. However, in "The World" Mrs. Clinton is somewhat reprising the ad, claiming "the presidency is the toughest job in the world" and urging a vote for "A tireless secretary of state, standing up against the abuse of women and girls, negotiating a cease-fire in Gaza, leading the diplomacy that keeps us out of war,"
It's easy to say that someone who runs from the old Vermont guy will have trouble confronting Vladimir Putin. That's not necessarily true, but she certainly seems to be a little frightened by a democratic socialist from New England.