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C'mon, Bernie - you're either with us or against us

Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 02:09 PM (14 replies)

Sen. Sanders - this is your chance to be a great man

Please give a speech worthy of you and our party and the times we are in. Don't blame anyone for your second-place finish. Don't bash the " Democratic Establishment."

Whole-heartedly endorse our presumptive nominee and urge every single one of your supporters to get behind him and explain why.

We need you to rise to the occasion. Please don't let us down.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:43 AM (6 replies)

Grio Op-Ed: "I worked for Bernie in 2016. Here's why Black voters aren't feeling the Bern in 2020"

I was working as Bernie Sanders‘ 2016 national Black outreach director. One morning while doing early outreach in South Carolina my Facebook page blew up. I was pinged in messages that said, “Bernie Sanders does not support reparations ... I sent an email to the campaign leadership asking exactly what are we thinking? This lacks tactical savvy! There was zero response from any of them. Right after we got past Black Lives Matter protests, this was the message from the campaign? I was in for a long road and, somehow, I needed to get through to Bernie on this issue. That never happened. (He has since acknowledged that if Congress passes a study of reparations bill he would sign it.)
The hot take on Bernie is that he was too risky for Black voters. Meanwhile the patriarchal progressive Bernie zealot types believe that Black folks are uninformed voters that already have blind loyalty to any neoliberal candidate associated with the Democratic Party.

Blaming Black folks is never a good look, and they feed into moderate talking points every single time they say it. Both arguments about why Bernie struggles with Black voters are way off.
Black and indigenous people are the original progressive people of America. How do you call yourself a progressive without consistently acknowledging us? The problem is, as is the problem with most of the white progressive spaces, he took everything from the Black movement and forgot about the Black part.

Bernie simply didn’t do what was needed to take his energy, popularity, and email list to boost his Black support during the 2016 election and leading up to 2020. This is not an indictment against what he stands for, but rather the political will to implement necessary tactics to earn Black trust ... Bernie had 4 years to set up in Black communities and engage them with his message, organization, but he instead chose to do the same thing — only to get the same result. It’s political insanity.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Apr 1, 2020, 11:45 AM (18 replies)

Jonathan Chait: "Why Can't Bernie Accept That Democratic Voters Didn't Want Him?"

From the moment he announced his candidacy, Joe Biden led in polls of Democratic primary voters. His lead endured through months of bad press and worse debate performances. He lost his national lead very briefly, after crushing defeats in two overwhelmingly white states — one of them a low-turnout caucus — only to regain it after African-Americans voted for the first time in large numbers, at which point he has led by commanding margins.

The Bernie Sanders movement has mostly accepted the finality of Biden’s victory. What it hasn’t come to terms with is its causes. The Sanders campaign and many of its enthusiasts continue to see Biden’s victory as either a fluke or a plot.

Sanders advisers told the New York Times they believed they had been on the precipice of sweeping to victory on Super Tuesday, until Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out and endorsed Biden. Ben Tulchin, a Sanders pollster, claimed the candidate was “on the brink of winning until the most unprecedented event in the history of presidential primaries occurred.”

It is hardly unprecedented for the fifth- and sixth-place candidates to drop out of a race after four primaries. Yet Sanders himself has fixated on this decision as evidence of an Establishment conspiracy. Appearing on ABC’s This Week several days later, he described it as “the power of the Establishment to force Amy Klobuchar, who had worked so hard, Pete Buttigieg, who had really worked extremely hard as well, out of the race.”

From Bernie’s perspective, dropping out of a race once you have no chance of winning is peculiar behavior that can only be explained by the work of a hidden hand. For most politicians, though, it is actually standard operating procedure. Only Sanders seems to think the normal thing to do once voters have made clear they don’t want to nominate you is to continue campaigning anyway.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Mar 27, 2020, 03:12 PM (36 replies)

Sanders: "Stay away from me"


Annie Grayer


Via @tedbarrettcnn on the Hill w/ @BernieSanders: when asked to explain how his absence from the Senate was consistent w/ his efforts to address the crisis, Sanders accused a reporter of standing too close to him:

"Stay away from me. There's CDC requirement. Please follow it.”

There's always a tweet, isn't there?

This from the woman who gave her all to warn us about him and this: https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/762739172054601728

Just imagine Donald Trump in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. We can’t afford that kind of risk.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:47 PM (2 replies)

Sanders problem in a nutshell:

Responding to a question about why he hasn't gotten the support of black voters with a rambling answer about the need for enthusiastic cross-generational support and how much Hispanic voters love him - and, oops, not bothering to mention black voters at all.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Mar 15, 2020, 09:53 PM (11 replies)

Bernie really is a one-trick pony

The discussion is about how to deal with the coronavirus crisis - yet somehow, he managed to get back to his billionaires stump speech.

Try to focus, Bernie!
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Mar 15, 2020, 08:20 PM (7 replies)

BREAKING: Scientists have zeroed in on the microscopic details of the Coronavirus!

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Mar 15, 2020, 11:15 AM (38 replies)

Maybe be all of these infected foreign leaders are getting it from Trump

He's looking more and more like Patient 1 every day ...
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:33 PM (9 replies)
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