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Who, exactly, are the ‘Berniebros?’


Source: Washington Post by Philip Bump

On Sunday, Bill Clinton — himself white and male and straight — called out Internet attacks on his wife stemming from supporters of Bernie Sanders. Referring to the Nation's Joan Walsh, Clinton said that Walsh "and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often — not to mention sexist — to repeat," according to reporting from CBS News.

This was a pointed reference to the group of supporters of Bernie Sanders commonly known as "Berniebros," in the evocative formulation coined by the Atlantic's Rob Meyer. "Berniebros," as a concept, refers to presumably young, presumably white and most-definitely male backers of Sanders who launch the sorts of attacks to which Bill Clinton was referring and the sorts of attacks that have become part of the everyday life of women online: harassing, offensive, vituperative.

On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Sanders disavowed such behavior.

"Have you heard about this phenomenon, the Berniebro?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked.

"Yes, I have heard about it. It's disgusting," Sanders replied. "Look, we don't want that crap. We can — and we will do everything we can, and I think we have tried. Look, anybody who is supporting me, is doing sexist things is — we don't want them. I don't want them. That is not what this campaign is about."

Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/08/are-the-berniebros-a-problem-of-politics-or-one-of-internet-culture/

A somber moment and lesson to be learned.


We have to cease the acrimony and move on to the General Election.

Til we meet again, WillyT.

Bernie Still Determined to Attack Hillary, Further Degrading His Own Brand

Source: Blue Nation Review by Peter Daou

Weeks ago I argued that Bernie Sanders had already done damage to his own brand but hadn’t yet realized it.

His fateful (and likely fatal) decision to go hard negative on Hillary in 2016 was one of the reasons for Hillary’s clean sweep on March 15th and her prohibitive delegate advantage.


I’ll repeat: Bernie’s Wall Street dog whistle is a barely concealed attempt to accuse Hillary Clinton of corruption, despite the fact that he lacks a scintilla of evidence to support that claim.

No matter how lofty and inspiring his message (and progressive values are inspiring), it is deeply unjust – and frankly, reckless – to run a campaign premised on the destruction of Hillary’s character through false innuendo.

If Bernie and his campaign want to keep running in the face of improbable odds, then how about running against what Republicans stand for? How about making proposals on issues and letting the people decide if they like them? How about dropping the artful smears against Hillary?

Read it at: http://bluenationreview.com/bernie-still-determined-to-attack-hillary/

New Documents Reveal Army Once Pursued Softer Approach on Bergdahl

Is Bowe Bergdahl being railroaded?

"...the transcript provides additional details about the case, including circumstances of the psychological breakdown that caused Sergeant Bergdahl to wash out after just a few weeks of Coast Guard basic training in 2006 for having an “adjustment disorder with depression.” He was later found to have suffered schizotypal personality disorder during the period in which he walked off his base in Afghanistan."

Source: New York Times By Richard A. Oppel, Jr.

In the months after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity, senior Army officials responsible for determining why he walked off his outpost and for recommending what the consequences should be struck a far milder and more sympathetic tone than Army commanders who are now pursuing charges that could send him to prison for life, new documents show.

The documents, which have not previously been disclosed, indicate that the Army’s 22-member investigative team, which spent two months interviewing scores of witnesses and compiled the report that formed the initial basis for prosecuting Sergeant Bergdahl, never proposed that he could be tried on the most serious charge he now faces: endangering the troops sent to search for him.

This dissonance has led members of the sergeant’s defense team to question whether the tougher line reflected improper influence from higher levels of the military or political considerations as top Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail declared the sergeant guilty and demanded he face stiff punishment.

The documents include a 371-page transcript of Sergeant Bergdahl’s interview in August 2014 with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, who headed the Army’s investigation. The transcript provides the most complete account yet of his disappearance from a remote base in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009, which prompted a huge manhunt.

Read the rest at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/us/new-documents-reveal-army-once-pursued-softer-approach-on-bergdahl.html?_r=0

"I've made my decision:"

How about one more BFD!

From President Obama email:

Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.


First, a Justice should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law. There is no doubt this person will face complex legal questions, so it is imperative that he or she possess a rigorous intellect that will help provide clear answers.

Second, a Justice should recognize the limits of the judiciary’s role. With a commitment to impartial justice rather than any particular ideology, the next Supreme Court Justice will understand that the job is to interpret the law, not make law.

However, I know there will be cases before the Supreme Court in which the law is not clear. In those cases, a Justice’s analysis will necessarily be shaped by his or her own perspective, ethics, and judgment.

Therefore, the third quality I looked for in a judge is a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook. It’s the kind of life experience earned outside the classroom and the courtroom; experience that suggests he or she views the law not only as an intellectual exercise, but also grasps the way it affects the daily reality of people’s lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly-changing times. In my view, that’s an essential element for arriving at just decisions and fair outcomes.


President Barack Obama

P.S. If you’re looking for the latest on my Supreme Court nominee and the confirmation process in the Senate, check out @SCOTUSnom on Twitter. You’ll find all the facts and up-to-date information there.

Is This the Real Reason Hillary Clinton Isn't a "Natural Politician"?

Maybe the problem isn't that Clinton lacks the abilities of a natural politician, but that we associate being a "natural politician" more readily in men.

Source: Cosmopolitan by Jill Filipovic

Name American history's greatest, most natural, gifted politicians: LBJ. JFK. RFK. Bill Clinton. Barack Obama. Ronald Reagan.

What do they have in common (other than the three-initial thing)? They're all men.


Qualities we associate with leadership – assertiveness, confidence, competitiveness – are also qualities for which we reward men and punish women. Bill Clinton, it's often said after any event at which he appeared, "owned the room": He's warm and personable, but also assertive, charismatic, and the center of attention. As one of the most brilliant and skilled presidents in American history, Bill Clinton has earned that confidence. But compare him to George W. Bush, another American president not exactly known for his intellectual prowess or political skill, but still "a guy I'd like to have a beer with" according to a significant number of American voters. Bush, too, exuded confidence. And many studies have shown that confidence, especially among men, is often mistaken for competence. Over-confidence, which often presents as I-know-it-when-I-see-it descriptors like "charisma" or "charm," is more present in men than women. It's why "Lord, give me the confidence of a mediocre white man" is combination funny/sad: Many women see just how far our middling male peers get on the fumes of self-assurance alone.


People who believe they and they alone are the best suited of the 318.9 million people who live in the United States to be the nation's president share a few characteristics: Self-assuredness bordering on pathology; a desire for power and status; a hunger for admiration and approval. They are not lacking in confidence, but they are surely not your average human creatures. They are, in short, politicians, where everything, including perceived authenticity, is carefully calculated and cultivated. We need to care less about who does the best job at convincing us they're genuine and whose political skills seem the most natural, and instead ask whether they're competent, experienced, skilled, promoting policies with which we agree, and able to accomplish their proposed agenda. If that were the standard for male and female politicians alike, we might just see more women in elected office, leading us in all their stilted, robotic, witchy, bitchy, unnatural, unapologetically ambitious glory.

Read it all at: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a55104/hillary-clinton-natural-politician/

The other big polling miss March 8th!


Real Clear Politics polling average Hillary 62.5 to Bernie 18.5.

Primary results: Hillary 82.6, Bernie 16.5

That's a 22 point miss!

Three Clear Messages From Tuesday's Primaries

Source: Real Clear Politics by Charles Lipson

1) Donald Trump is very, very close to clinching the nomination...

2) Hillary Clinton’s loss in Michigan won’t stop her steady march to the nomination...

3) The electorate is furious...

"The electorate is furious." This is the real wild card!

How well we know it!

Read it all at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/03/09/three_clear_messages_from_tuesdays_primaries_129921.html

What we're REALLY up against! (Hillary Group)

All Three Major Cable Networks Ignore Clinton Speech To Air Entire Trump Press Conference

CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News networks all aired GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's March 8 press conference live without interruption, while completely ignoring Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's speech which occurred at the same time.

Following the projected victories for Trump in the March 8 Mississippi and Michigan primaries, Trump held a press conference which, according to some media observers, was merely an extended "infomercial" for his line of products.

Although Clinton held a speech simultaneously to celebrate her victory in Mississippi, all three major cable news networks aired the Trump press conference without interruption. Media observers criticized the networks' decision, with some noting how "networks still don't have a cohesive answer for [why] ... they always carry Trump."

Hillary crushes in new poll! (Hillary Group)

Hillary won March 8th!

Let's finish this!

On the Democratic side, Clinton leads Sanders 63% to 33% in Ohio and 61% to 34% in Florida. About 7 in 10 voters in each state say they have definitely decided whom to support.

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