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Jeff Hoffman
Tuesday April 12, 2016 - 01:04:00 PM

I'm sorry that Bob Burnett and Becky O'Malley are or have become so conservative that they support Hillary Clinton. Clinton is just another neoliberal corporate Democrat, and she's as much of a war-monger as any Republican. The idea that there's "a vast right-wing conspiracy" against her and Bill is laughable, since they're part of the right themselves. (Mainstream Democrats are center-right, and if you're going to write political columns you should know that.)  

Yes, the far right attacks Clinton with BS about emails and Benghazi when her real crimes are things like voting for the Iraq war and attacking Libya in the first place. But she certainly deserves to be attacked and criticized by anyone with any progressive values, and I for one will be happy to continue doing so. 

Additionally, Clinton is not honest or trustworthy, fundamentally or otherwise. She is a politician who will say whatever is convenient for her at the time: she voted for the Iraq war, now she says it was a mistake, etc. (as opposed to Sanders whose positions remain consistent). She would not even be giving lip service to progressive values if Sanders were not putting pressure on her and forcing her to do so. 

Burnett also makes the ridiculous argument that who Clinton takes money from makes no difference in her positions or actions. Really? So rich people and corporations just give politicians money for fun or out of the goodness of their hearts? I've got a great deal on a bridge for anyone who believes that nonsense. 

Burnett also repeats the deception about taking money from individuals who work in certain industries as opposed to the industries themselves. Clinton takes money from the industries, Sanders does not. That's the issue, not to whom individual workers donate. 

Finally, as to Sanders attacking Clinton, it was Clinton who first said that Sanders is not qualified to be president. Please at least get your facts straight and write honest comments instead of twisting the truth in the service of Clinton propaganda. 

[Editor's note: If it's indeed a matter of fact, this writer's claim is rated "MOSTLY FALSE" by Politifact, sorry. Please at least get your own facts straight before you make ugly accusations of bad faith about other writers: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/apr/07/bernie-s/bernie-sanders-not-qualified-be-president-hillary-/] 

I couldn't care less who wins between Clinton or another Republican. Clinton and Trump would be equally awful in different ways, and while Clinton might not be quite as bad as someone like Cruz or Ryan, the difference would not be substantial on any major issue aside from abortion/birth control (a big issue, but unfortunately the only one with a substantial difference). Therefore, I fully support trashing of Clinton as much as I support doing so to a Republican. If Clinton wins the nomination, for which she has been anointed for years, I will be voting Green again as I always do. The only chance the Democrats have of getting my vote for president is to nominate Sanders, which is an extreme long shot for multiple reasons.