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Mountain Mule

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Hometown: Colorado Springs
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Current location: the Four Corners
Member since: Thu Dec 1, 2016, 02:27 PM
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About Me

A survivor of the Great Election Day Hack Attack, so this is not my first ride at the DU rodeo. Given the events of the past year, I have resigned my US citizenship and I await notification about my request for asylum in the Navajo Nation about 20 miles south of my current location. My current country is the bright blue state of Colorado. I have dedicated myself to the destruction of the current oligarchy under which the US is now governed. Direct Democracy is true Democracy!

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Crazy Like FOX... Dems Should Follow Bernie Across the Cable DMZ

It is the riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma for all who lean left: how is it possible that Donald Trumpís sins, deceits, criminal acts, vile behaviors, racist bloviation, misogynist bile, xenophobic rants, impeachable offenses, and now broadside volleys against the Constitution have had, in aggregate, no discernible impact on his approval rating?

Theories abound. Some involve arrogant estimates about the IQs and education of Trump supporters, but a modest amount of googling can shoot these theories to pieces. There is the theory that many Trump supporters care only about the strong state of the economy and stock market. Other theories hold that Trump gives voice to the anger of Americans who feel that their government has failed them.

But there is of course another factor, and it is profound. And that is the fact that millions of perfectly intelligent Americans choose to get their news from Fox News, and each and every day they are provided an aggressively curated version of the dayís events. If you want to know a want to know a big reason why Donald Trumpís approval rating is immutable, the answer lies there...

All of which brings me to a recent flash of brilliance from contrarian Bernie Sanders.

Sure, we can worry that Bernie's ideological rigidity and uncompromising rhetoric could lead to damaging rifts in the Democratic Party. But it is fair to argue that he has been the pre-eminent thought leader for the Party over the past four years... creative, perceptive, original, and way out in front of the party's sharp shift to the left.

A few weeks ago Bernie participated in a town hall-style television event broadcast on Fox News. Bernieís town hall in the other teamís town was particularly notable as the Democratic Party had recently announced that it would refuse to allow Fox News to host any of the televised debates in the Democratic primary season.

This time, itís sure not crazy Bernie. Bernie is right and the Democratic Party leadership is crazy...

So Bernie Sanders decided to go behind enemy lines and speak directly to Trump's base. He realized that allowing the base to listen exclusively to Sean Hannity was to acquiesce to the polarization that fuels Trump's power.

If you don't shake the faith of Trump's base, he keeps his Senators, he keeps his job, and he keeps crushing the checks and balances that make our nation a democracy governed by the rule of law.

We must try to get to Trump's base.


The excerpt above is taken from today's blog post on Born to Run the Numbers. It's a bit long but well worth the read. I'm posting about it NOT because I'm a Sanders supporter - I am undecided. However, I am a huge supporter of the Democrats, and I believe that by taking the battle to the enemy, we may gain some converts. Fox viewers are mostly on auto-pilot - they keep their TV's tuned to all Fox, all of the time - thus they never are exposed to the real world.

When Bernie appeared on Fox, this all changed and some Foxers were actually applauding Bernie! I bet they would applaud Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren or any of the other Democrats now running in the primaries.

What's the worst that could happen if Kamala Harris had an interview with Fox? The audience would automatically reject her and her ideas? BFD. Foxers do that now. But what if Kamala (or Joe or Pete) actually caused some of them to stop and think? Thoughtful people vote Democrat these days. Why not give it a shot?
Posted by Mountain Mule | Thu May 9, 2019, 01:56 PM (12 replies)
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