The Democratic presidential primary, at least compared to the Republican one, has always assumed an air of civility. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton conducted their debates on the issues and largely avoided personal attacks. Hillary was a little sharper in her jibes, but Sanders pretty much took things in stride. He also seemingly took the email scandal off the table when he said, “I’m sick and tired of hearing about your damned emails.”
Yet competition has a way of bringing out the politician in the candidates. With everything on the line for the most powerful job in the world, the morals begin to slip, and the sharp elbows come out.
Now, the two Democratic candidates are calling each other unqualified to be President. Hillary has exposed some lack of knowledge in Bernie’s plan to break up the big banks, and Bernie has replied by saying that anyone who voted for the Iraq War and all those trade deals is unqualified themselves.
The reason for all the contention: Bernie Sanders has won a string of 6 out of 7 of the most recent primaries and caucuses, and Hillary Clinton cannot afford to lose her home state. Doing so, even though it would not affect the delegate math, would torpedo Hillary’s image as a force to be reckoned with.
It remains to be seen if Sanders can do it, as Hillary is returning to upstate New York and the voters who made her a Senator.