This time, it is President Obama pointing out that dynamic that existed in 2008—one that he certainly took advantage of—is also playing out now between Bernie and Hillary. Bernie can attack Hillary, and the press highlights their position differences. Hillary attacks Bernie, and it is seen as an example of how “dirty” the Clintons play. Joan Walsh nails it when she says:  “Just as she was when fighting Obama, Clinton is damned by the media if she isn’t seen as taking Sanders seriously—but even more damned when she takes him so seriously that she lands a blow that might hurt him.”

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