Boy, Hil­lary and Bernie sure hate each other, don’t they?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Art! Politics! Spectacle! - BY JOSEPH CURL

They’re like a cranky old cou­ple bick­er­ing and snip­per­ing at each other in Ikea as they clash over whether to buy the Grönkulla or the Knut­storp. Bernie Sanders, 77, and Hil­lary Clin­ton, 71, are back at it again, squab­bling and wran­gling over … Ev­ery. Tiny. Thing. And not a mo­ment too soon. The cur­mud­geonly so­cial­ist from Ver­mont is ramp­ing up his 2020 elec­tion cam­paign and the grumpy, caf­tan-clad grand­mother is mulling her op­tions. (For the record, we’ll pre­dict that she gets in be­cause what the @#%& else has she got to do?!)

Bernie, of course, has rea­son to be sore af­ter his 2016 loss to Hil­lary in the Demo­cratic Party pri­maries. Early on, Team Clin­ton es­sen­tially took over the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, which then made things very dif­fi­cult for Mr. Sanders.

“If the fight had been fair, one cam­paign would not have con­trol of the party be­fore the vot­ers had de­cided which one they wanted to lead,” Donna Brazile, the for­mer DNC in­terim chair­woman, wrote in Novem­ber 2016, days af­ter the elec­tion.

“This was not a crim­i­nal act, but as I saw it, it com­pro­mised the party’s in­tegrity,” she said, adding that while it may not have been il­le­gal, “it sure looked un­eth­i­cal.”

Ev­ery­thing from the pri­mary and de­bate sched­ule to the ex­ces­sive power of su­per-del­e­gates helped Mrs. Clin­ton se­cure the nom­i­na­tion, even though Mr. Sanders was draw­ing far larger crowds and had mas­sive sup­port from all wings of the party. Even Ms. Brazile, for all her hon­esty about what hap­pened to Bernie, helped her long­time friend Hil­lary: At one point, the for­mer CNN con­trib­u­tor de­liv­ered the net­work’s pre­pared ques­tions to Mrs. Clin­ton’s cam­paign just be­fore a cru­cial de­bate.

And Hil­lary, too, per­haps has rea­son to bear a grudge. Mr. Sanders — with his “free ev­ery­thing for ev­ery­body” cam­paign plat­form — pushed the anointed can­di­date far to the left in or­der for her to se­cure the nom­i­na­tion, mak­ing Mrs. Clin­ton a sit­ting duck for the crafty Don­ald Trump, who sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­man­tled her dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion. Plus, he stayed in the race for­ever, forc­ing Mrs. Clin­ton to spend much needed cash.

So, there no love lost be­tween Bernie and Hil­lary — to be clearer, they pretty much hate each other. And that goes for their staffs, too.

Which brings us right up to this week. Yes, the soap opera is back, star­ring two sep­tu­a­ge­nar­i­ans in a re­make of “The Odd Cou­ple.”

Sev­eral for­mer Clin­ton staffers told Politico this week that af­ter Hil­lary won the nom­i­na­tion, Mr. Sanders fre­quently re­quested the use of pri­vate planes paid for by the Clin­ton cam­paign as he trav­eled the coun­try in or­der to ap­pear at ral­lies for her. That be­came “a run­ning joke in the of­fice,” partly be­cause Mr. Sanders is a so­cial­ist who is ve­he­mently push­ing for the end of fos­sil fu­els.

“I’m not shocked that while thou­sands of vol­un­teers braved the heat and cold to knock on doors un­til their fin­gers bled in a des­per­ate ef­fort to stop Don­ald Trump, his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders would only deign to leave his plush D.C. of­fice or his brand new sec­ond home on the lake if he was flown around on a cushy pri­vate jet like a bil­lion­aire master of the uni­verse,” said Zac Petkanas, who was the di­rec­tor of rapid re­sponse for the Clin­ton cam­paign.

Meow! Saucer of milk for Ta­ble 3, please.

Bernie’s jet-set­ting ended up cost­ing the cam­paign of Mrs. Clin­ton and run­ning mate Tim Kaine $100,000.

It didn’t take long for Bernie’s peo­ple to punch back. His 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign spokesman, Michael Briggs, called Team Clin­ton the “big­gest a**holes in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.” He also called Mrs. Clin­ton’s staff “to­tal in­grates” for com­plain­ing about the use of pri­vate planes, which he said was the only way Sanders could get to cam­paign events in time. And he didn’t mince words. “You can see why she’s one of the most dis­liked politi­cians in Amer­ica,” Mr. Briggs said. “She’s not nice. Her peo­ple are not nice. [Mr. Sanders] busted his tail to fly all over the coun­try to talk about why it made sense to elect Hil­lary Clin­ton and the thanks that [we] get is this kind of petty stupid snip­ing a cou­ple years af­ter the fact.”

Mr. Briggs added: “It doesn’t make me feel good to feel this way but they’re some of the big­gest a**holes in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.” He’s got a way with words, doesn’t he?

Please, God — if you’re lis­ten­ing — please have Hil­lary run again. Just one more time. Please! Joseph Curl cov­ered the White House and pol­i­tics for a decade for The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twit­ter @josephcurl.

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