The problem Bernie faces now is distinguishing himself from his progressive rival: Elizabeth Warren. Where Warren seems calm, collected and fully in command of the facts, Bernie can seem overwrought and angry. While Bernie falls back on the same speaking points he used four years ago, Warren remains in the moment. Despite rumors that she would be targeted in the third debate no one laid a hand on her. She remained the best debater on stage.
Off stage some have begun attacking Warren on the grounds that she has not ruled out taking corporate money in the general election. In an interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Warren defended her position, stating: "I do not believe in unilateral disarmament."
I understand her position though it worries me. No candidate wants to enter the general election without sufficient funds to defeat Trump. Then again, if you take big contributions how are you not obliged to the contributors?
Another controversy surrounds Warren's apparent approval of a large contribution from a California physician to obtain the Democratic National Committee's database of voters. Warren's campaign does not deny accepting the donation but states that there was no influence peddling. In fact no one has suggested there was.
Former Governor and Democratic Fundraiser Ed Rendell took aim at Warren for being a hypocrite. He sites her willingness to take big contributions as a senate candidate and applying much of her "war chest" to her presidential campaign. Sounds like a nuanced criticism with a harsh label to me but take note: When Rendell speaks he speaks for the party. Why would a Democratic operative attack a leading candidate? Naturally, he wants the party man to win but why Warren? Is the party more afraid of Warren than Sanders? Off hand it would seem so.
I suppose it comes down to trust. Do we trust Elizabeth Warren to fight the good fight against the one percent, the powerful corporate interests that traditionally control both major parties? If so, Warren has the momentum and the energy to take the president down. If not, then Bernie is the only choice.
Only Bernie is purer than Warren when it comes to taking big donations. Only Bernie refused to buy in to the DNC's extortion scheme. Besides charging big money for their database, they make you sign an agreement to fulfill specific obligations including attendance at a big money fundraiser.
I for one do not believe in the Democratic Party. I do not believe that the Party is dedicated to the little guy. I believe the Democrats are better than the Republicans but both are corrupt.