Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bernie's Concerning Answers

These are very interesting answers by Bernie Sanders on The Young Turks to the question "Will Bernie Send Grassroots Movement To Hillary If She's The Nominee?"

In his answers, he says the Democrat Party has written off the South, yet he wrote it off during much of his presidential campaign. 

In his answer, you also get this impression Bernie enjoys these big rallies where people listen to him, which he spins around and says the 'establishment' should come in and listen to all those who attend these rallies. Now, on its face, this sounds like a grand idea.

Of course the party should listen to the voters. But, how would that work, exactly? 50,000 people, as he put it, talking to the Senate Democratic Caucus? I'm sorry, but this doesn't make any sense.

This, unfortunately, has become a cult of personality for Bernie personally, and also about creating animosity, division, and further distrust within our country for its public servants as well as its public officials to further his own political ambitions. It's not only not a positive message for the future of our country, it's counterproductive to achieving any of his stated campaign principles and objectives.

Does Bernie Sanders have some relevant policy principles to his campaign? Yes.

And, certainly, Democrats need to run a 50-state strategy, running candidates in every district in the nation.

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I happen to live in a Midwest congressional district that doesn't even bother to run a Democrat against their Representative, nor do Democrats even care to run candidates in state legislative races. It's one of the major reasons I'll always remain an independent.

However, Bernie Sanders' actual actions speak louder than his words. He didn't run a real campaign in the South. Look at the map of the primary contests in the South to see the results.

The divisive rhetoric in this race is coming out of one side of the Democratic contest. Calling it out is not being divisive, as I'm sure some will try and label me for daring to challenge the Bernie Sanders innuendo-laced narratives that leave him the lone candidate able to lead the progressive cause. Calling it out is an attempt to shed some necessary sunlight into this race because cheap talking points are not going to win in November. That's something we can always expect from the other side. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Faux Bernie Conspiracies

Some Bernie supporters are saying the game is rigged against him due to the MSM, super delegates, and other nebulous reasons. It isn’t. Sanders simply isn't making a good case to these super delegates, and apparently not to enough voters to win states or win enough pledged delegates either.

I get the passion behind supporting Sanders, but to continuously focus on somehow there being a conspiracy against his candidacy is getting a bit tougher to handle, especially when Hillary has 2.5 millions more real votes than Sanders and a million more than Donald Trump. That’s not simply a fluke, that’s a dependable trend. 

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When it has come down to campaign losses, which Clinton absolutely has, most notably in New Hampshire and Michigan, Clinton adjusted by sharpening her message and not making excuses. Sanders didn’t make excuses for his South Carolina loss, but he also didn’t make any readily apparent message or strategy changes either. When Clinton began winning big throughout the South, Sanders and his supporters just wrote every loss off as no big deal. That was a massive mistake in judgment and ran contrary to his ‘revolution’ message.

In the latest Super Tuesday contests, Sanders even outspent Clinton reportedly 7 to 1 in some of these states, so it's not as if his message isn't getting out to voters. Ultimately, he made a gross mistake in strategy by completely ignoring blacks, Hispanics, and white Democrats throughout the South. Can he bounce back? Yes. But, I don’t think blaming super delegates or blaming MSM for your campaign losses is all that helpful or positive of a message for running for President of the United States.

You need results, votes, and delegates, not excuses, conspiracies, and faux revolutionary stories that don’t inspire people to actually get out and vote for your candidate in numbers enough to win primaries.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday & The Bernie Big Money Campaign Empire

If you've paid attention to Bernie Sanders, watched the debates, seen the political ads in both batches of Super Tuesday states in March, it is not stretching the truth to say he is a single issue candidate.

His ad that is running is all about what he has nearly made his entire campaign about . . . Campaign financing . . . Which he claims is the reason for all the problems in the country, and that if anyone has any campaign financing from Wall Street or big money corporations, that they are unable to be a progressive President. I find that claim a bit of a stretch, but I will discuss that in a separate post.

All of what I just said is absolutely true about the main thrust of the Sanders campaign. He's been absolutely consistent in this regard. And, the voters are speaking their minds in vast areas of the country on the first of the Super Tuesdays. The voters have listened to these candidates for nearly a year, and they are just now beginning to have their voices heard.

He has said he has this revolution-turnout machine behind his candidacy. He certainly has a million dollar, massive campaign financing big money empire at his disposal. He certainly has energized people to show up repeatedly at rallies. 

It just hasn't been fully realized at the ballot box in most races. Those are just the facts. There are no ways to spin those facts.

The mostly white states are bending his way, certainly. That is not the democratic electorate, nor is it the Obama coalition that can win back the White House in November. Nor is it the coalition that can win Bernie the nomination. 
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There is still time for him to figure out something new. He does have a million dollar, big money campaign financing empire at his disposal. 

So, he can potentially spend his way to some victories like other politicians have done. Hillary has become a much better candidate over the course of her campaign. That is the great thing about this long, drawn out primary process . . . it allows candidates to grow, learn, adapt, and evolve, all keys to a great general election candidate and more importantly, a great President of the United States of America.

You can still do it, Bernie.