In case you didn’t notice, my friend Chris posted his response to John Edwards being called out for mudslinging at Thursday night’s debate in Las Vegas. And while I have nothing but the highest respect for Chris, I must disagree with his conclusion that Hillary unfairly called him out for it. After all, as Hillary has said herself, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.”
But for some reason, despite Edwards’ inclination to turn the heat up on Hillary, he can’t stand the heat turned on himself. Edwards likes to call Hillary a “Corporate Democrat”, but he always fails to mention that Hillary always had a more progressive voting record when both were in the Senate. And while Edwards goes negative and bashes other Democrats, Hillary actually shows us how she leads on restoring a foreign policy based on cooperation instead of confrontation, solving the climate crisis while also ending our fossil fuel addiction and creating new jobs, fighting for working families on so many issues from universal health care to educational opportunities for all, and so much more. While the other two men talk a good talk, Hillary has always walked the walk and showed us how she actually works for us.
That’s why I get irritated whenever Edwards and Obama throw mud at Hillary and try to claim that they’re only raising “legitimate issues about her credibility”. Hillary has a proven track record of fighting for the progressive values we believe in, and that’s why I get irritated when she gets called “corrupt”. If they can’t win fairly, they shouldn’t use false attacks.