NBC News is probably just wanting to start divisions and pie fights among Democrats, but they are reporting that former Secretary of State John Kerry was bad mouthing Bernie Sanders on a phone call in a hotel lobby in Des Moines, IA.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Secretary of State John Kerry — one of Joe Biden's highest-profile endorsers — was overheard Sunday on the phone at a Des Moines hotel explaining what he would have to do to enter the presidential race amid “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole.”
Sitting in the lobby restaurant of the Renaissance Savery hotel, Kerry was overheard by an NBC News analyst saying “maybe I'm f—ing deluding myself here” and explaining that in order to run, he'd have to step down from the board of Bank of America and give up his ability to make paid speeches. Kerry said donors like venture capitalist Doug Hickey would have to “raise a couple of million,” adding that such donors “now have the reality of Bernie.”
Now, Kerry is denying this happened. He goes on to explain:
Asked about the call later on Sunday, Kerry said that he was “absolutely not” contemplating joining the Democratic primary race. He reiterated this sentiment in a tweet later, saying that “any report otherwise is f—ing (or categorically) false.” Minutes later, he deleted the tweet and reposted it without the expletive….
He told NBC News later on Sunday that, “This is a complete and total misinterpretation based on overhearing only one side of a phone conversation. A friend who watches too much cable called me wondering whether I’d ever jump into the race late in the game if Democrats were choosing an unelectable nominee. I listed all the reasons I could not possibly do that and would not — and will not under any circumstances — do that.”
Kerry defenders will say that this is a cheap shot by NBC News, and the Media LOVES the narrative Democrats in Disarray! It is the damn default for the Media. It does sound like Kerry was dumb enough to talk in a hotel lobby in the first caucus state. It is not like Iowa isn’t overflowing with all kinds of Democrats and volunteers, including the Media. If you want to talk in private, get in your damn car and lock all the doors. Or go to your hotel room and bar the door.
But this will stir up Sanders’ supporters. Nothing like having another member of the political establishment — and brother is Kerry a member of the establishment — piss all over your chances of winning the nomination then the general. This will just energize them further for tomorrow.
You know how people on Daily Kos say that Democrats shouldn’t bash each other during the primaries because it will come back to haunt us in the general? Seems that rule only applies to criticism toward establishment candidates like Joe Biden, who John Kerry endorsed. But if you are Sanders or Warren, it’s OK. We can never have progressives win because it will sink the party.
The Overton Window is made of steel and shut down tight against progressives.
But hey John Kerry. I know how you feel, except my feelings are that your preferred candidate will lead the party to defeat. Therefore, the loving feelings between progressives and the Democratic establishment are mutual. But unlike you, I won’t be trying to sabotage who the Democratic voters pick in the primary. I will probably not like who everyone else picks, unless it is my preferred candidate — Warren. But I have been disappointed since I first started voting in 1982. I’ll adjust as I always have and vote for the nominee.
I have never voted third party. Always for the Democrat.
I just won’t be talking with any big wigs or movers and shakers to short circuit the primary process.
Fifty year old progressive who is a little grumpy after more than 30 years of conservative dominance of the political system. We need to hamstring conservatives and devour their entrails.