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Rock-Star Appeal of Bernie Sanders Should Make Clinton Very Worried


#1

Rock-Star Appeal of Bernie Sanders Should Make Clinton Very Worried

Eugene Robinson

First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn’t take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.

Sanders’ campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter—essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Hillary Clinton, long considered the presumptive Democratic nominee. If that doesn’t make Clintonistas nervous, they need defibrillation.


#2

I believe that Bernie's message also needs to rely on talking one-on-one with neighbors and friends. Ironically, Trump et al.'s buffoonery has raised political awareness early, which may give much needed time for Bernie to achieve more name recognition. The nation is (past) ready for a change and it needs to come from below if is to be change for us. Again, that is why it is important to speak with your neighbors--you will do a much better job of explaining Bernie than the agenda-based M$M who will cut and splice his words in the little time they will give him. Go for it!


#3

To consider the dynamic of grass roots engagement and a perspective on the international scale:
Electoral Revolution in Brazil Aimed at Neutralising Corporate Influence

The far limb that corporate power has been sawing on to disenfranchise, divide and extract from has been long been recognized by those closest to the earth, the REAL roots. The hierarchy has also known that its colonizing model must constantly hide its history, be secret about its manipulations and dig up rationalizations for 'wannabes' to scorn, ignore and serve the predation - hence the iron grip on fomenting gambling as a way of being and the authoritarian null set of media. We are each others treasures, our differing perspectives the puzzle pieces in our perceptions of shared horizon, creative strengths and celebration of limitations as keys to unity in solidarity in the face of adversity.


#4

Gene Robinson's tone has certainly shifted in the last 3 weeks. Then he argued that Bernie could not win. (Maybe he still believes that...)

Nonetheless, I think there are fundamentals in American political winners. Campaign. Organize. Campaign. Build enthusiasm. Campaign. Don't let anything dampen the enthusiasm. Forget poll predictions-- just campaign. If your message has resonance, voters will hear it.

I don't think Bernie has yet gained full resonance. The basics are there for a win. More elaboration on visualizing the actual working of his policies might help. We'll see. So far though, it borders on the miraculous. He's a damn fine campaigner.


#6

I feel that Bernie has gotten away with as much as he has because he still has managed to avoid the biggest elephant in the room, the Military Industrial Complex. By focusing on domestic issues (such as retaking government for the 99%), Sander's has done his best to avoid discussing any foreign policy paying only lip service to the Syrian refugee problem, the support of ruthless dictatorships around the world, the proliferation of U.S. arms exports and the type of 'corporate socialism' that feeds this destructive pattern.
But once Sanders' is forced to admit that the emasculation of corporate America may very well spell doom for the MIC, the MSM will shift into high gear in their attempts to discredit Sanders on any and all issues. My guess is that Sanders will simply continue to avoid foreign policy questions as all foreign policy questions are irrelevant if we can't dislodge corporate control from this vital aspect of government. The media's tried but true label that someone is "weak on security (Translation: anti-war) will definitely be applied to Sanders if he gets the Democratic nomination. If that doesn't sway voters, then I shutter at the thought of just how far the MIC will go to protect their turf.


#7

...unexpected?...

Not me. Bernie first got my attention when he "schooled" an interviewer who asked him a loaded question about Hillary's "insurmountable" lead. (Wish I could remember where that was...) He demolished the implication assumption of the premise and then demanded to know if the questioner understood what he was really asking. Comparing that to Hillary's "What is the safe thing to say here?" demeanor, I expect a debate between them to produce a dramatic shift.


#8

" The system is rigged to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else."

That is the true and the real zeitgeist. And unfortunately, that includes Bernie!


#9

You know, you hardly ever write anything about the candidate you claim to support and consistently write about how well Hillary is doing and how poorly Sanders is doing. You ignore polls when they don't support your narrative and cherry-pick ones that do.

You ignore the very clear upward trend of Sanders and Clinton's opposite trajectory.

You consistently post like a closet Clinton supporter.

Why is that?


#10

Well said.


#11

Senator Sanders has learned a lot in the 40+ years he has had to defend his message:

  • Keep the message simple,
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat that message, and
  • Don't let others sidetrack or distort that message.

In fact, he is best I've ever seen on this. He is a master at determining the dialogue and staying focused on that dialogue.

Even though I support a candidate that has a more progressive platform, Senator Sanders deserves kudos for running a masterful campaign to this point in time on a well-needed progressive platform on domestic issues.


#12

My guess is that Sanders will not confront the MIC. Based on his record, especially his role in the trillion dollar F-35 fiasco, Sanders will quietly aid and facilitate the Pentagon in whatever insane wars they want.

Ultimately, we will find that the Pentagon is giving us a choice of Bernie, Hillary, Jeb or Donald, whoever we want, as long as that candidate rubber stamps the Pentagon agenda once elected.


#13

Maybe someone should ask Clinton for a public commitment to endorse Sanders if he wins the primary, as he so obsequiously already committed to her.


#14

First came a Populist agenda! (for a friction' change, huh?), you know, Eugene, one that resonates with actual People. Like the War shiton Post would have a clue either.
Gee wiz Eugene getting a clue, yet? Yes, its the frickin' message, not disingenuous, always cautious claptrap, coming from dips like Hillary (and Biden, if he's dumb enough to run...), posing as 'policy'.
This is where the democratic party in general and the DLC and the DNC in particular, have consistently fallen flat on their faces, cuz sucking up to the corp-o-rats has been their modus for far too l o n g and we, the peeps are onto to the BS.
Go Bernie!


#15

and that may very well happen, that Hillary endorses Bernie...politics being a totally crazy ass deal these days, nothing would surprise me.


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#17

agree. he never should have done that.


#18

can't see vindictive HRC doing that, but may your vision come true.


#21

What candidate could that be ?


#22

The next step for the DNC in an effort to stop Bernie is Plan B as described in The New York Times. They hope to continue the media blackout as much as possible.. I think this is a good example of how corrupted the DNC is. They are determined to make sure that the next president will not rock the boat Even though Bernie by all the polls will do better against the republicans and despite the fact that some progressives will not hold their nose and vote for Hillary, they will risk losing to the republicans rather than lose the money train. I believe that as the New York Times reported they will resort to plan B. As Hillary's numbers drop I think the DNC will ask Joe Biden to step in. He may not take many votes from Bernie but this will allow the media to pretend that it is a two person race. Hillary and Joe. They will continue to ignore Bernie as much as they can. However if Joe does not step in They will be forced to confront the reality of Bernie and this movement. I have started a petition asking Joe Biden not to run If you agree with my reasoning please sign and most important SHARE.http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/joe-biden-please-dont. (you may have to type this into your browser as the link does not activate on this site)


#23

I expect him to mop the floor with her assuming the questioners are playing fair. As the DNC is busy trying to protect the corporate money trough I would not count on it. After all the only let us have 6 debates and threatened the candidates if they should debate anywhere else.This allowed the Republicans to dominate the media for the last month But the DNC does not care.. I think this is a good example of how corrupted the DNC is. They are determined to make sure that the next president will not rock the boat Even though Bernie by all the polls will do better against the republicans and despite the fact that some progressives will not hold their nose and vote for Hillary, they will risk losing to the republicans rather than lose the money train. I believe that as the New York Times reported they will resort to plan B. As Hillary's numbers drop I think the DNC will ask Joe Biden to step in. He may not take many votes from Bernie but this will allow the media to pretend that it is a two person race. Hillary and Joe. They will continue to ignore Bernie as much as they can. However if Joe does not step in They will be forced to confront the reality of Bernie and this movement. I have started a petition asking Joe Biden not to run If you agree with my reasoning please sign and most important SHARE.http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/joe-biden-please-dont. (you may have to type this in to your browser as the link is not active on this site.)