What Bernie Sanders Means When He Says ‘It Will Be a Contested Convention’
No Bernie, the superdelegates won't bail you out
Why Bernie Sanders still isn't likely to win a contested convention
The road ahead for the Bernie Sanders campaign has been difficult to discern of late. . . .
Why Bernie Sanders is lobbying superdelegates — even though they won't save his campaign
On Bernie's claim that he's "more electable" (He's not!)
He has never been asked to account for his relationship with the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party, for which he served as a presidential elector in 1980. At the time, the party’s platform called for abolishing the U.S. military budget and proclaimed “solidarity” with revolutionary Iran. (This was in the middle of the Iranian hostage crisis.) There’s been little cable news chatter about Sanders’ 1985 trip to Nicaragua, where he reportedly joined a Sandinista rally with a crowd chanting, “Here, there, everywhere/ The Yankee will die.” . . .
The Clinton campaign has also ignored Sanders’ youthful sex writings. Republicans are unlikely to be so decorous. Imagine an ad drawing from the old Sanders essay “The Revolution Is Life Versus Death.” First it might quote the candidate mocking taboos on child nudity: “Now, if children go around naked, they are liable to see each others [sic] sexual organs, and maybe even touch them. Terrible thing!” Then it would quote him celebrating girls who defy their mothers and have sex with their boyfriends: “The revolution comes … when a girl pushes aside all that her mother has ‘taught’ her and accepts her boyfriends [sic] love.” Finally, it would remind viewers that Sanders was one of 14 congressmen to vote against the law establishing the Amber Alert system and one of 15 to vote against an amendment criminalizing computer-generated child pornography. . . . It takes no special political insight to see that Republicans will try to make Sanders seem like a sexual weirdo. Will it work? I have no idea, but there’s no shorter route to the frightened lizard brain of the American electorate than dark talk about children and sex.
One could go on and on in this vein. My colleague William Saletan has already written about how support for Sanders’ positions tends to fall apart when people hear the details—particularly if they learn their own taxes would go up. As the nominee, Sanders would have to address his former opposition to public schools and praise for parents who believe that it is “better for their children not to go to school at all than for them to attend a normal type of establishment.” He’d have to explain whether he still feels that sexual repression causes cancer, whether he still opposes the concept of private charity, and whether he still supports the public takeover of the television industry.
One also assumes Republicans would, in keeping with Karl Rove’s playbook, try to hit Sanders where he’s strongest—on issues of financial integrity. They’d probably do it by going after Jane Sanders, who has been accused of trying to defraud the Catholic Church on a land deal she undertook as president of Burlington College. (After being forced out of that job, she received a $200,000 golden parachute.) If you think this can’t blow up, remember that Hillary Clinton never personally profited off of Whitewater, the land deal that became a pretext for endless investigations of her and her husband. . . .
Here's a question I ask myself, Why in the world would any Sanders supporter consider switching to Trump? And what does it say about that segment of Sanders' support?
This is what I call setting a pretty low bar for expectations
All Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has to do to win the White House this fall is prove “he’s not Adolf Hitler,” a campaign surrogate said Monday. . . .
What Trump said about Bill Clinton (and his accusers) in 1998
Trump: Bill Clinton Is a ‘Victim’ of ‘Unattractive’ Women
And now? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/03/donald-trump-played-the-woman-card-he-s-still-holding-the-rape-card.html
Donald Trump Played The Woman Card. He’s Still Holding the Rape Card.
Trump on "man sexism" (grab your barf bag)
Uhhhh . . . oh - kay
Trump: I Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than 'Virtually Anybody'
The wheels are coming off the Cruz campaign
Ted Cruz Snaps At Young Heckler: You'd Get A Spanking In My House!
Ted Cruz is losing ugly
Poor Carly: http://www.salon.com/2016/05/02/watch_carly_fiorina_fall_off_the_stage_after_introducing_ted_cruz_as_your_next_president_of_the_united_states/
Rafael Cruz: A vote for my son is a vote “according to the word of God”
23 toddlers have shot people with guns this year
And more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/making-it-easy.html
America is in the grip of a sustained rise in the suicide rate . . . [read on]
Ann Coulter, misogynist
Ann Coulter attacks Obama for nominating a woman to lead West Point