Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bernie Thought He Could Manipulate Black Voters - Black Voters Said No.



There is an uncomfortable half-truth that conservatives tell about liberals which stabs at the limbs of the progressive movement.  That is the line about white liberals pandering to black voters.  The reason I call it a half-truth is because it ignores the fact that black Democrats are leaders in their own right.  The conservative rhetoric would have you believe that black people are "gullible voters" and not ever candidates or political players themselves. It is racist, in that sense - depicting black democrats as inferior to everyone else.
Bernie Sanders, with help from Cornel West and Killer Mike, made himself the perfect example of this liberal pandering.  On Super Tuesday, black Democratic voters decided they've had enough.

Cornel West, a Sanders surrogate on the campaign trail, for his part, made an appearance on CNN, where he shouted down a young black man and disrespected him for being a Hillary Clinton supporter.  He basically called the young man ignorant.  It was shameful.   But he didn't stop there... West went on to claim that "Hillary called our community Super Predators."

That was a lie.

Hillary Clinton never called the black community "Super Predators".  The only time she ever used the phrase was in 1996 and she was describing gang members who have no conscience and a penchant for violence... race had nothing to do with it.

The Super Predator lie is part of a larger mythological narrative that Sanders has patched together using right-wing talking points and hacked up clips of Hillary's media appearances over the years... of which there are plenty.

Another example of this is the now infamous "marriage is between a man and a woman" floor speech.  The video clip that Sanders' supporters have callously strewn across the internet is heavily edited and only shows Hillary affirming that she believed "marriage is the sacred bond between a man and a woman."  This is meant to make the viewer perceive her as homophobic. The reality of that speech, however, is that Hillary was speaking in DEFENSE of LGBT Civil Unions when Republicans had presented a bill to outlaw them.  Hillary, of course, voted against the anti-gay bill that was presented that day.

So, by lying to black and gay voters about Clinton's record, the Sanders campaign is doing the worst kind of pandering.  It's a smear job.  It's snake oil.

Bernie Sanders promised he would run a clean campaign.  He has done exactly the opposite and he has encouraged his supporters to behave like an angry mob, attacking the social media of anyone who dares to defy their so-called revolution.  It backfired.  It will continue to backfire.




Friday, February 19, 2016

Why Millennials Aren't as Important as They Think They Are



The old folks still run the show... and for good reasons.

Every campaign tries desperately to covet the millennial (youth) vote.  But that might not be as important as was once believed.

A recent article in the Boston Globe explains:


"The reason Hillary Clinton was able to win in Iowa despite this enormous youth deficit is because senior citizens greatly outnumbered millennials at the caucuses — and the seniors broke for Clinton in big numbers."
Millennials also begin to impose an intelligence deficit within the core of a campaign when they become overly involved.  Immature decisions like tweeting your plans to be unfair to certain voters as a precinct captain can damage an entire campaign beyond repair and that's exactly what a young Bernie Sanders supporter named Leslie Conlon did in Nevada:



Young people are very passionate and everyone knows that passion can drive a campaign, for better or for worse.  But if you want to be taken seriously on issues involving Social Security and healthcare, you need adults at the helm of your campaign.



Due to the political naivete of some Bernie Sanders supporters in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton is making gains on the left and right.  Millennials who were raised on computers and smartphones don't understand or take seriously the idea that eyes are always watching them.  They believe that older adults are oblivious to their behavior on social networking sites... That is why they occassionally over-explain themselves in public forums such as "REBRN"  (a social bulletin board for Bernie Sanders supporters):



Lastly, there's a problem with the new media definition of "millennial". Virtually all polls of millennials and all media coverage about them are near-unanimously white and straight... This presents a false narrative that makes their influence seem much less negotiable than it is. As other races and LGBT persons are added into the umbrella term, their opinions become a lot more uncertain to outward appearances.

The most glaring example is a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that reveals young African Americans in South Carolina support Hillary Clinton... and makes it equally clear that, unlike their white counter-parts in New Hampshire, they do NOT support Bernie Sanders.

The Boston Globe story went on to explain:

"Clinton is still expected to show her real strength in the South and Southwest, where her broader appeal among minority voters should give her a bump. The current polling in South Carolina bears this out — with Clinton leading by 20-points."
In short, while Bernie Sanders is struggling to herd his kittens, Hillary answered a very important question at the MSNBC/Univision Town Hall last night:




Friday, February 12, 2016

What Happened Between John Lewis and Bernie Sanders & Why It's Important

Back in October of 2015, reports blazed across major media that Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis had endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

This shouldn't have come as a shock to anyone because Clinton has always had close ties to the black community, particularly in Congress.

But supporters of Bernie Sanders felt jilted because they had seen a photo of Lewis with Sanders and had been led to believe that his support would go the other way.  Angrily, they attacked Lewis' social media accounts with threats, name-calling and even racism.

So then, when it came time for Lewis to give another endorsement of Clinton, this time from the Congressional Black Caucus that Lewis is a part of, he was questioned by a reporter who asked him why he didn't personally endorse Bernie Sanders and the reporter further asked Lewis to comment of Bernie Sanders' civil rights record.

Having been cyber-harassed for two months straight by Bernie Sanders' rabid support-base, John Lewis responded as diplomatically as possible:


"To be very frank, I don't want to cut you off, but I never saw him.  I never met him. I was chair of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee for 3 years from 1963 to`1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the March from Selma to Montgomery. I directed the Voter Education Project for six years.  But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton."

Now. obviously, this was a response to aggressive questioning on the part of the reporter and obviously Congressman Lewis was referring to the years known as "The Civil Rights Era"... But of course, Bernie's supporters were now enraged all over again and produced this photo of Bernie Sanders and Jane O'Meara posing with Lewis in March of 2015 to insinuate that "Lewis had LIED - here he is meeting Bernie Sanders after all!"

The attacks on Lewis' Facebook page and Twitter are still raging on... and Sanders has not made any visible attempt to control his angry mob.