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jcitybone

https://splinternews.com/im-going-to-have-a-rage-stroke-over-this-story-about-de-1834076284

It’s difficult to engage with today’s New York Times story about the Democratic establishment’s attempts to stop Bernie Sanders without my blood boiling over.

It’s insanely telling that the people featured in this story—who call themselves “progressives,” despite being wedded to deeply middle-of-the-road centrist policies—are so threatened by a candidate who, after being screwed by them in 2016, isn’t inclined to make concessions to the vast, useless apparatus of consultants and donors that they represent. Of course they want to stop Sanders. He’s sworn off big money, has actual progressive policy ideas, and is thumbing his nose at scolds like Tanden and her cronies! If the voters choose Bernie, he should be the nominee. End of story. If you’re the kind of person who would tack a “but,” onto the end of that sentence, you’re probably more wedded to rewriting the perceived wrongs of 2016 than actually taking back the White House in 2020.

polarbear4

My blood boils too. I gave them another three bucks today.

Leu2500
Leu2500
Leu2500
Leu2500

Wow.

In the latest national presidential campaign poll, it shows that @BernieSanders has the single most diverse base of support of any candidate in the race.

He is the ONLY candidate with the majority of his support coming from voters of color. https://t.co/q3mi3qfLaG

— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 16, 2019

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Leu2500
Leu2500

Rosanna just defeated an incumbent whose family had held the seat for over 40 years. She won by 13 votes.

Knocking doors wins elections.

Only a movement can break the machine.

Congratulations @ChicagoCityDSA on holding 6 city council seats! #TrySocialism #FeelTheBern https://twitter.com/RossanaFor33/status/1102433504049139713

magsview

We've now got a full council. Final vote shows @RossanaFor33 defeats @debmell by a mere 13 votes. This puts the number of @ChicagoCityDSA aldermen at 6. Also victorious: Ald. @JamesCappleman.

— Shia Kapos (@ShiaKapos) April 16, 2019

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13 votes!

Leu2500
Leu2500

Shaun King with more on this morning’s Emerson poll.

What’s that you were saying about Bernie Bros?

Leu2500
Leu2500

Bloomberg has noticed how many pwoolen saw Bernie on Fox. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/fox-draws-nearly-2-6-million-viewers-for-sanders-town-hall

New York (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders took heat from some Democrats for holding a town hall on Fox News Channel but there’s one result hard to argue with: it was the most-watched candidate event in the election campaign so far.

An estimated 2.55 million people saw Sanders’ town hall Monday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Nielsen company said. Not only did that beat the 1.35 million people who saw Sanders on CNN on Feb. 25, the Fox telecast aired before prime time when traditionally the largest audience gathers.

Sen. Kamala Harris’ CNN town hall in January was seen by

1.95 million viewers, the previous high for a 2020 presidential contender.

Leu2500
Leu2500

“Pwoolen” is autocorrect for “people.”

NYCVG
NYCVG

Plus the number of people who taped the Town Hall and will watch it later.

Usually that number comes out a few days after an event.

jcitybone

This was included in today’s Bern diary st DK 🤣

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polarbear4

Evaporating, I tell you! Evaporating!

Just give up on all those Americans. That’s the ticket.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Matt Taibbi:

Bernie Sanders and the Science of Smears

The media’s focus on personality is designed to shift attention away from dangerous

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The Brahmins of today don’t battle with ideas, because as Bierce pointed out, their belief systems are usually regressive and unpopular, only they don’t know it yet. The battle is almost always waged instead over personality, because while certain “radical” ideas may be unstoppable, individual politicians are easily villainized, delaying change — a little.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made headlines this week by taking on the Center for American Progress, long known as a messaging arm of the mainstream Democratic Party. Sanders wrote a letter criticizing the CAP board for playing a “destructive role” in the “critical mission to defeat Donald Trump,” a critique seemingly crafted in response to recent efforts by ThinkProgress, a news site founded by CAP, to paint Sanders as a hypocrite for being a millionaire author.

The Sanders letter to CAP formalized the rift between the Democratic establishment and the labor-based movement of millions Sanders represents. That we’re talking about a petty PR battle and not the hardcore disagreement about policy and (especially) campaign funding sources that created this divide is Exhibit A proving the old propaganda method is still working.

The practice of painting dissident challenges as selfish, hypocritical acts — as opposed to the selfless altruism of corporate-funded candidates — has been going on forever. Long before Sanders was framed as a thin-skinned, cranky narcissist who’s “all about himself,” Dennis Kucinich went through the same thing.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/bernie-sanders-science-smears-823138/

jcitybone

The town hall got under the orange skin

Many Trump Fans & Signs were outside of the @FoxNews Studio last night in the now thriving (Thank you President Trump) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the interview with Crazy Bernie Sanders. Big complaints about not being let in-stuffed with Bernie supporters. What’s with @FoxNews?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Wow. I fear that when tRump loses to Bernie in 2020 he is going to refuse to give up the reigns and incite a war instead.

Leu2500
Leu2500

National Review Has nice things to say about Bernie’s town hall.

Bernie Sanders Shines on Fox News

No, really, you read that right.

Again, Bernie Sanders is distinguishing himself from his Democratic colleagues on matters of character, confidence, and imagination. The Democratic party has rejected offers from Fox News to host its primary debates. But on Monday night, Sanders did a town hall from Bethlehem, Pa., which sits in one of those now-famous counties that suffered de-industrialization, voted for Barack Obama in 2012, and then went for Donald Trump in 2016. It was a very savvy move. It demonstrated Sanders’s verve, a strong dash of political courage, and a presidential willingness to speak to audiences beyond his party’s base. Republicans would be foolish to think he’s a pushover.

We should dwell on Sanders’s decision to appear on Fox in this format. “Your network doesn’t have a lot of respect in my world, but I thought it was important,” he told hosts Brett Baier and Martha MacCallum of the event. And of course he’s right. The media environment is entirely transformed from 20 or 30 years ago. Even the most dedicated news consumers often watch one cable network that matches their political disposition, and then consume news and opinion (and opinionated news) through social-media feeds biased first by their actual social milieu and then by algorithms that feed consumers more of what they already like. Sanders is smart to cross the media aisle.

He also found ways to speak to his base and a Fox News audience at the same time. When asked by a centrist Democrat about whether the party was drifting too far to the left, Sanders pivoted to giving an answer that would sound good to leftists who want to talk about policy, centrists who want to think of themselves as high-minded and civic, and conservatives as well. “If we spend all our time attacking Trump, Democrats are going to lose,” he averred. Not profound, but a very politic answer nonetheless.

Sanders effectively and charmingly exposed the gap between Donald Trump’s political rhetoric and the reality of his administration. The tax cuts won’t go to the wealthy, Trump promised. In fact, Sanders pointed out, most of them did go to the wealthiest payers. National Review readers know that this was inevitable because the tax burden falls heaviest on those who earn the most. But Sanders still made an effective rhetorical weapon of it. He brought up Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicare or Medicaid, and the fact that Trump’s budgets would do just that.

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Bernie supporters have a lot to be excited about. Their candidate has not only moved his party on ideas, he’s transformed himself from a prophetical voice of the left to presidential material. He has a message that is aimed perfectly at the states that Trump won narrowly in 2016 and that a Democrat needs to win back in 2020. His message discipline springs from the fundamental integrity of his convictions. He’s formidable.

And, once again, his appearance on Fox distinguishes him from other Democrats and particularly from Hillary Clinton. Many Republicans who watch Fox News and consume populist media can get the distinct impression that Democrats are just waiting for them to die. That was what was so damaging about Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment and her implication that Trump supporters will have no place in defining American life going forward. Sanders believes in his message so much, he wants to pitch it to you just before you settle in for Tucker Carlson Tonight. That’s to his credit.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/bernie-sanders-fox-news-winning-performance/

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-second-veto-yemen-resolution-bernie-sanders-2019-4

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued the second veto of his presidency after Congress in April passed a resolution defying his stance on US support for the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen conflict.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who led the charge on this resolution, slammed Trump for his decision.

“The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs,” Sanders said in a tweet Tuesday night. “I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end U.S. involvement in the horrific war in Yemen.”

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who spearheaded efforts on the resolution in the House, told INSIDER, “This is very sad and a missed opportunity by the president to stand up for the Constitution. He ignored the views of his allies like Rand Paul, Mark Meadows, and Matt Gaetz, all of whom voted against endless war and these interventions.”

magsview

Trump’s reason for the veto though! 🙁 grrrrrr

“I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 7, a joint resolution that purports to direct the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen,” Trump said on Tuesday. “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.”

polarbear4

Haha haha. Markos was so stupid in his interview that Chuck Todd’s panel kept dunking on his comments later in the show, with one of them saying his comments were, “breathtakingly stupid”

— Greg C (@greg06897) April 17, 2019

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jcitybone

More lunacy 🤪 from Trump. That town hall sure unnerved him

Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income. He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else – and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

No, “everybody else” did not benefit and that is not a good thing.

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2019/4/16/18410602/ilhan-omar-fundraising-trump

Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, has drawn a lot of controversy in her first few months in office — moments that Democratic donors seem to want to support her through.

According to Omar’s Federal Election Commission report filed Monday, donors have rushed to show their support for the Minnesota Democrat by helping her raise more than $830,000 last quarter.

More than half of the money she’s raised comes from donors who contributed less than $200. Despite only having received a total of $10,000 from PACs, her haul from individual donors puts her among the top Democratic earners this quarter. In comparison, Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer raised about $650,000 and $600,000, respectively.

And while fellow first-term progressive lawmakers have also received considerable donations, they lag behind Omar. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) raised about $720,000, while Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) only raised about $300,000.

jcitybone

Good for Beto

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/beto-orourke-trump-racist-ilhan-omar_n_5cb631eae4b082aab08da52d

During a campaign event on Tuesday, presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who’s been receiving death threats as President Donald Trump attacks her in press conferences and on Twitter.

O’Rourke, speaking at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, called Trump a “racist” who’s trying to incite Islamophobia in response to a question about the wholly misleading video the president shared on Twitter about Omar. The congresswoman says she’s been receiving threats ever since Trump tweeted the video, but the president continued the attacks on Tuesday, saying she’s “very very bad for our country.”

“He’s trying to incite hatred, Islamophobia and, I would argue, violence against her and other Muslims in this country,” O’Rourke said of Trump’s comments, according to Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson.

He continued: “This is the test of all tests for us. It’s not just that he is partisan, it’s not just that he is divisive. He is hateful. He is racist. He has encouraged the worst tendencies amongst our fellow Americans … Unless we can beat him in November of 2020, it will continue. Unless we offer a compelling, profoundly powerful alternative to hatred and division and fear and anger, it will continue.”

jcitybone

NY Times answers critics of its CAP/Tanden article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/04/17/how-year-old-mom-became-collateral-damage-messy-fight-between-sanders-clinton-supporters/?utm_term=.fa8d92e040fe

“Our story focuses on ideological divisions in the Democratic Party and the Center for American Progress, a think tank/political organization with a $60 million combined budget,” Danielle Rhoades Ha, a Times spokeswoman, said in a statement. “It includes accurate, on-the-record comments by Maya Tanden, Neera Tanden’s mother. Maya Tanden is knowledgeable about Democratic politics and her daughter’s career, and has been active in local Democratic politics.”

Rhoades Ha said that the story broke new ground beyond the interview with Tanden’s mom: in reporting on the amount of money the Center for American Progress had accepted from the UAE and the discussion it caused at the think tank, and on the center’s invite to Prince Khalid bin Salman, then the Saudi ambassador to the United States, to appear on a panel after the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, for example.

Leu2500
Leu2500

“The NYT story on Neera Tanden should never have brought her mom into it,” Brian Fallon, a former Clinton staffer, tweeted. “And whether you agree with Neera’s views or not, her aggressiveness is one of her biggest strengths and would be lionized if she were a man.””

You might want to rethink that last, Fallon. Tanden admits to “pushing” someone. Since when is unwanted physical contact like that acceptable.

I love the brouhaha this has created. It’s obvious that this piece was supposed to be flattering to Tanden. That’s why they had dear old mom quoted. But it turns out that Tanden & her actions aren’t very “likable.”

jcitybone

Perhaps originally it was intended that way, but there is no way anyone could think that the article as written, which started off documenting a physical attack by Tanden and went on to discuss CAP’s ties to SA and the UAE, as positive. I feel sorry for Tanden’s mother who now has to play the doddering old lady role when she’s probably anything but.

polarbear4

True.

“If a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours had been convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge with no jury, with a lengthy jail sentence to follow, can you imagine the Western media reaction to that kind of kangaroo court? Yet that is exactly what just happened in London.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/15/julian-assanges-nightmarish-future/

Leu2500
Leu2500

Analysis keeps coming in from Bernie’s town hall on Fox.

Jacobin. https://jacobinmag.com/2019/04/berni-sanders-town-hall-fox-news

Bernie Sanders didn’t just face down Fox News and prevail — he called the bluff that underpins our whole two-party system.

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But most coverage restricts its analysis to Sanders’ 2020 election prospects, overlooking the true significance of the event. It’s not just that he’s willing to make a pitch to Fox’s viewership and thus stands a better chance at winning the presidency — it’s that the Right could lose some of the working-class support it doesn’t deserve, a process that could easily snowball out of their control.

For decades, Sanders has been saying that everyone deserves quality health care and education, a living wage, and a truly democratic political system instead of one controlled by plutocrats. He’s also been clear about what’s preventing the attainment of those goals: the corporate pursuit of profit.

Democratic voters have started to listen. In the Emerson poll — cited by 538 as one of the most reliable — the Vermont senator emerged this week for the first time as the frontrunner in the Democratic Party primary, ahead of every candidate considered tolerable by the party establishment.

And it’s high time Republican voters start listening too. Bernie’s political vision is about dramatically improving conditions not just for the Democratic Party’s base but for all people, excluding only the richest.

Plenty of people who watch Fox News need to hear this message. Fox’s audience has one of the lowest average incomes of any major news source. Seventy-seven percent of Fox viewers make less than $75,000 a year, compared to 62 percent for the New York Times and 57 percent for NPR. A third of Fox News viewers make less than $30,000 a year. More than half are over the age of 50 and a quarter are over 65, which means a good number are subsisting primarily on Social Security.

Since Fox is the most-watched cable news network in the country, we can surmise that millions of its viewers are facing exactly the issues addressed in Sanders’ platform — like pension cuts, medical debt, job insecurity, and unaffordable housing and eldercare.

By speaking directly to them about what they stand to gain from his political program, Bernie is not only potentially winning their votes — he’s helping break the spell the Right has cast over the very people it works tirelessly to disempower by starving social services, giving tax breaks to the rich, and privatizing everything in sight.

Leu2500
Leu2500

CNN has a take that focuses on Trump’s reaction. But there’s some pollster analysis I want to share.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/politics/bernie-sanders-midwestern-trump-voters-2020/index.html

But Sanders has been the most direct. An April 8 memo from his campaign managers stated it plainly, arguing that “the 2020 Electoral College map shows the most direct path to a Democratic victory is flipping back Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania” — three states Clinton lost in 2016 by fewer than 78,000 votes combined.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake sees opportunity and risk in Sanders’ tactics.
“The irony,” Lake said, “is that Sanders was the future in 2016, but he has to be careful not to be the past in 2020.”

But she praised his approach, in saying he “understands” why people chose Trump, as a practical decision.

“It’s really good that Bernie Sanders said that because I think every candidate is going to have to end up saying that,” Lake told CNN. For Democrats, she added, “I think this is the beginning of saying, ‘I understand what you were voting for, you didn’t get it and I’m proposing something that will get you what you need.’ But to just tell voters they were wrong isn’t a very successful way to persuade them

Why not vote for the original, and not the imitation, then.

Leu2500
Leu2500

David Sirota has a reminder for those in the democratic establishment who are criticizing bernie’s Decision to appear on Fox:

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1118504937392984064/photo/1

Also, there was a town hall on Fox during the 2016 primaries that both hillary & Bernie were on.

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