On New Day on Christmas morning, CNN’s Chris Cillizza dragged out his “Naughty or Nice List," for 2019, with predictable "naughty" verdict for Rudy Giuliani, and a more surprising "naughty" verdict for Hillary Clinton.
Cillizza began by stressing what upset liberals will say. "So people will say, 'Hillary Clinton, Chris, all you do is fixate on Hillary Clinton. Leave her alone. She ran in 2016.'" So he conceded Hillary has every right to say whatever she wants, she has a peerless resume, blah blah blah. "But, she’s done a couple things that don’t really make sense from a party-building perspective or even a public figure perspective,” Cillizza said.
CHRIS CILLIZZA: One, why did she attack Tulsi Gabbard and suggest that Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Congresswoman was a Russian asset? If you're going to say that, that's a pretty big charge. If I say John Berman is a Russian asset and they say, "Well, what's your evidence?" And they say, "He likes the Boston Celtics." That doesn't -- Right? If you're going to make a big charge and you're Hillary Clinton and you know what's going to get attention, I just think you have to be waayyy more cognizant of what your impact is.
Then, another thing with Hillary Clinton, she is talking all about Bernie Sanders in the 2016 race and how well, he didn't get out soon enough and had he gotten out I probably would have won and he better not do it again. I just, I don't see what the strategy is. Maybe it's just she feels free. She's not running for anything else and she wants to say what she wants, which is her right --
BERMAN: But that might be it --
CILLIZZA: -- but it's also our right to say some of these choices you are making are not good for either your public image or, and this is more important, for your party. It's hard to argue that getting in a fight with Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard if you're Hillary Clinton is beneficial to helping Democrats win in 2020, which is her stated goal.
CNN seems very concerned about damage to the Democratic Party, even from within. Democrat "party building" is on their wish list.
Cillizza then added former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone to the Naughty List, who were both convicted of crimes. That will further upset the Hillary fans.
On the "Nice list" was George W. Bush, the Washington Nationals baseball team, and....dogs. "Cats are always on the naughty list," he joked. So much for party-building with cat lovers.