HRClinton 2016. Because somebody needs to be the grown-up. [Emphasis in the original.]
The notion that Hillary is the “grown up” in this campaign is perhaps true, considering the competition. But what does it mean to be a “grown up”? I think we can all agree that Barack Obama is probably the best example of a “grown up” politician that we’ve seen in the past few years. And if we look at Obama’s actions around the time when Hillary’s campaign was flopping around like a gutted fish in 2008, after her moron advisors helped her lose the race, we can see what a “grown up” did.
He quietly let Hillary’s campaign burn out, and when she quit, he was gracious about it. We should expect the same from Hillary, and we should also expect Bernie to quit when he feels that it is bloody obvious to his supporters that he’s lost. We should also expect him to endorse Hillary wholeheartedly and without reservation.
At this point in 2008, I was concerned about Hillary’s campaign, but I assumed she would come around. In 2016, I feel the same about Bernie. Both of them, as well as their advisors and supporters, said some dumb things in the death throes of their campaigns. (And a lot of people were freaking out.) Those dumb things were forgotten by early Fall, 2008, and I’m sure the same will be true by Fall, 2016.
Speaking of “grown ups”, at this point in 2008, there were fewer “grown ups” in the Hillary camp than in the Sanders camp today:
One of the revealing nuggets of information from the recent NYT/CBS poll was that 72% of Bernie supporters say they plan to vote for Clinton against Trump. That compares to 60% of Hillary supporters who said the same thing about Obama in the same poll eight years ago. As we know, virtually all of Hillary’s supporters went on to vote for Obama. […]
I expect both Bernie and Hillary to be grown-ups and end this thing soon, and I expect Bernie’s supporters to back Hillary in the general. Apparently I’m in the minority here, but I don’t see more evidence of impending disaster than there was in 2008.