‘Bernie Sanders Can Become President’ Has Replaced ‘I Like Him, But He Can’t Win’

Bernie Sanders

I stole the title above from H.A. Goodman because I couldn’t come up with a better one. There is an enthusiasm gap among Democratic primary voters, and Senator Bernie Sanders is way ahead. Polls now confirm this.

From Goodman’s latest post on HuffPo:

Polls once extolling Hillary Clinton’s enormous lead over Sanders are now dwindling for the same reason Sanders beats Republicans in various other polls: Americans have had enough of dynasties, scandals, wars, and Wall Street corruption.

…[M]ore and more Americans have had enough with a two-party system that doesn’t give people a choice.

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with practical ideas about what he would do to reverse the trend of increasing inequality in America.

Bernie Sanders knew in 2002 that invading Iraq would be a terrible mistake with horrible consequences. He voted not to authorize the use of military force, unlike then-Senator Clinton and then-Senator Biden.

Also too, voters don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE:
Looks like the campaign dirty tricks are starting now…
Black Lives Matter Seattle Protestor Is A Former Tea Party Palin Supporter
Bernie Sanders rally crasher Marissa “Johnson” Jenae is a Republican

How could two people take over the stage and preempt Bernie’s speech in Seattle? Now he’ll have to get some security and his events won’t be as friendly.

After the event was canceled the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement, “I am disappointed that two people disrupted a rally attended by thousands at which I was invited to speak about fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare. I was especially disappointed because on criminal justice reform and the need to fight racism there is no other candidate for president who will fight harder than me.”

The so-called protest doesn’t even make sense. Why attack the one candidate who’s most committed to civil rights?

UPDATE:
Sanders talks at University of Washington rally after activists disrupt earlier speech at park

Audience of 12,000. No fake protesters.

UPDATE:
The Real Black Lives Matter Wants Activists To Publicly Apologize to Bernie Sanders

#BlackLivesMatter activists believe that this type of behavior is inappropriate and counterproductive, and we will not support it.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 9, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    If I had known Sanders was going to be on “Face The Nation”, I would have tuned in. From August 8, 2015.

    Full interview:

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on August 10, 2015 - 9:45 am

    I really didn’t think the “Black Lives Matter” protesters were actually going to follow Bernie around after their fifteen minutes in Phoenix, but now that they have, I want to say this, to that “movement”:

    You must be a bunch of fakes that are willing to hurt your own race for some reason. I don’t get it. I’m sure that there are a majority of blacks that are embarrassed to have you around; just as I’m embarrassed to be an old white man. Please get lost.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on August 10, 2015 - 9:48 am

    I hear Sanders is going to L. A. after his 28,000 supporter crowd in Oregon. Should be interesting!

  4. #4 by Anonymous on August 10, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    Trump has a better chance.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on August 12, 2015 - 10:07 pm

    15,000 in Seattle, 28,000 in Oregon and now 28,000 in L.A.

    I’d say Sanders is having a good week. Hillary got all of 5,500 in New York City for her announcement weeks ago…

    New poll shows Sanders leading Clinton 44-37 percent. Looks like word is getting out, but there’s still a huge mass out there who hasn’t even heard of him.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on August 12, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    And just look what Tim DeChristopher is up to this Friday!

    Who knows, maybe Neil Young will show up to support Tim on Friday. They’re friends, and both big Sanders supporters.

    Here’s the live video feed for Friday at 7:30! Just click on the arrow!

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on August 16, 2015 - 10:32 am

    Just got a big reminder of why I don’t watch the Sunday morning political propaganda shows anymore. They just spent 20 minutes talking about the Republican and Democratic candidates on “Face The Nation” and mention of Sanders didn’t even qualify as a footnote. Not even one minute was devoted to the front runner in New Hampshire.

    Or was that show I watched called, “Turn Your Back on the Nation”.

    • #8 by Richard Warnick on August 16, 2015 - 2:44 pm

      Chuck Todd had him on “Meet the Press” today for another great interview. Todd was at the Iowa State Fair when Bernie spoke, and he said the fair basically shut down because people flocked to the speech.

      • #9 by Larry Bergan on August 16, 2015 - 4:56 pm

        Can’t get the video to work on the MTP website, but I’ll try again later. Thanks for the heads up!

      • #10 by Larry Bergan on August 17, 2015 - 4:11 pm

        Still can’t get the video to work on the MTP site. I guess you have to have a faster broadband. YouTube has one that works just fine.

        I was impressed at Chucks introduction, which was surprisingly truthful. He said he was at two events in Iowa and admitted Bernie’s crowds were probably larger then the other candidates there. I’ll be darned!

        NPR has been disappointing. They focused more on Trumps big crowds on the show I heard.

      • #11 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2015 - 9:03 pm

        Well, I shouldn’t have said such nice things about Meet The Press. They had Sanders on for about 7 minutes and Trump for the rest of the show. That sends a message. :(

  8. #13 by Richard Warnick on August 31, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    Why we love Bernie: 9 Times Bernie Sanders Told The Media He’s Not Going To Talk About Bulls**t Issues

    “Politics is not a soap opera…”

  9. #14 by Larry Bergan on August 31, 2015 - 7:01 pm

    Even NPR is saying the reason for Clinton’s sagging ratings are the result of the big “Clinton E-mail scandal”. That’s not it at all; people really are interested in talking about the real issues. Just like Bernie has been saying.

    From Common Dreams:

    CNN adds:

    Sanders’ support owes more to voters’ enthusiasm for his candidacy than opposition to Clinton, the poll found. A whopping 96% of his backers say they support him and his ideas, with just 2% saying their vote is motivated by a desire to stop a Clinton candidacy. As for the controversy surrounding Clinton’s use of email while leading the State Department, 61% of likely Democratic caucusgoers say the issue is not important to them.

    Sanders is biting the media hand in defiance. Bite harder Bernie! We’ll make it with or without that info-sewer.

  10. #17 by brewski on September 1, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    “It’s born classified,” said J. William Leonard, a former director of the U.S. government’s Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). Leonard was director of ISOO, part of the White House’s National Archives and Records Administration

    “If a foreign minister just told the secretary of state something in confidence, by U.S. rules that is classified at the moment it’s in U.S. channels and U.S. possession,” he said in a telephone interview, adding that for the State Department to say otherwise was “blowing smoke.”

    • #18 by Richard Warnick on September 2, 2015 - 8:44 am

      Emphasis added:

      The Obama administration, which has criminally prosecuted more leakers of purportedly classified information than all previous administrations combined, needs to stop and assess the way the government classifies information in the first place.

      …Currently, the strong impulse within the U.S. government is to overclassify. The administration needs to begin sanctioning those who inappropriately classify information, and it needs to take far greater care in what it decides to label secret. Otherwise, it will continue to find itself prosecuting cases it can’t win and denying the public access to information it should possess.

      J. William Leonard (Director of the Information Security Oversight Information Office during the George W. Bush administration)

      Note: Consistency is not a concern for a “Bushie” when criticizing the Obama administration.

      Also, too: Thousands and thousands of e-mails released to the public, and what have they got? Gefilte fish!

      • #19 by brewski on September 3, 2015 - 7:11 am

        Unresponsive to the previous statement. Nice try.

        • #20 by Richard Warnick on September 3, 2015 - 9:51 am

          In your purported quote from Bush partisan J. William Leonard (no source given), he claims that communications from foreign officials are ipso facto “classified.” What he doesn’t say is that the 150 messages (out of thousands) have been redacted because the State Department says they ought to be classified “Confidential,” the lowest classification level of information obtained by the government.

        • #21 by Richard Warnick on September 3, 2015 - 12:46 pm

          No comment on the hilarious gefilte fish situation? Something fishy there fer shure.

  11. #22 by Richard Warnick on September 3, 2015 - 12:41 pm

    So Now Even the Boring Clinton Emails Are Big News?

    There have now been three enormous batches of State Department emails released, totaling more than 10,000 pages, and none of them have produced blockbuster revelations or truly fueled the so-called Clinton email scandal.

    So why hasn’t the press treated the release of boring, “mundane” emails as proof that widespread partisan claims of malfeasance are simply not supported?

    …As I previously noted, the out-of-context coverage likely stems from the fact there’s a standing army of Clinton-assigned journalists who are responsible for producing endless content for the next year. Additionally, many in the press have invested a huge amount of capital in the email story since it broke in March, and now seem reluctant to acknowledge there might not be any there there.

    • #23 by brewski on September 4, 2015 - 10:08 am

      Media Matters? Really?

      • #24 by Richard Warnick on September 4, 2015 - 10:39 am

        Really! :-)

      • #25 by brewski on September 5, 2015 - 9:07 am

        Undisputed facts:
        1. Sec Clinton violated her own policy
        2. Sec Clinton did not turn over all records on her date of separation as required by her own dept regulations
        3. Sec Clinton did not turn over all records when requested
        4. Sec Clinton altered and destroyed some records
        5. Sec Clinton did transmit information which was “born classified” and did not need any “marking” to be classified.
        6. Sec Clinton allowed people without any security clearances to hold and view classified material
        7. Sec Clinton allowed classified material to be stored and transmitted outside of a secure system
        8. Sec Clinton has lied many times re the above. Example “I only had one device” when it has been proved she had at least 2.
        9. Sec Clinton had her server professionally wiped after it was subject to subpoena.

        It is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than a year to keep “documents or materials containing classified information . . . at an unauthorized location.”

        felony for anyone having custody of a “record or other thing” that is “deposited with . . . a public officer” to “remove” or “destroy” it, with a maximum penalty of three years. Emails are records, and the secretary of state is a public officer and by statute their custodian.

        The Espionage Act defines as a felony, punishable by up to 10 years, the grossly negligent loss or destruction of “information relating to the national defense.”

        criminal penalties—20 years maximum—is reached by anyone who destroys “any record, document or tangible object with intent to impede, obstruct or influence the proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States . . . or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter.”

        • #26 by Larry Bergan on September 5, 2015 - 10:49 am

          I feel so bad for the Republicans. They had all these decades old, and more recent scandals about Hillary that only had to pulled out and dusted off, but it looks like the dog got them or something.

          The strange thing to me is that Bernie Sanders is the real threat and the Koch’s must have allotted millions to their “citizens united” fund to find something. Has there been a problem, brewski?

          • #27 by brewski on September 5, 2015 - 12:22 pm

            I don’t understand the question.

          • #28 by Larry Bergan on September 5, 2015 - 12:31 pm

            Are the Republicans having trouble finding any dirt on Sanders. You understand what I mean by “dirt”, right?

            Oh, and please, we all know he raped many women when he was in college. 😛

          • #29 by brewski on September 7, 2015 - 6:26 am

            He doesn’t have dirt. He is just wrong on policy.

          • #30 by Larry Bergan on September 7, 2015 - 11:29 am

            Thanks brewski. It must have been a strain on you to admit that Sanders doesn’t have anything to hide about his past. Most people would think that is a very good reason to elect a president.

            The phrase the trolls are throwing around, everywhere is, “free stuff”, but nearly all of these dudes have no business even talking about politics. Their political identify is vague to void, and they hate all politicians. I guess they plan on being hunter-gatherers or are just trying to be the the largest turd in the pile. Most likely the second life goal there.

          • #31 by brewski on September 7, 2015 - 4:19 pm

            No strain at all. Sanders is a good guy. He seems like someone I would like to sit down and have dinner with. I believe him to be honest and honorable. No strain at all. He agrees policy-wise with me on several things. He is also wrong about a whole lot.

          • #32 by Larry Bergan on September 7, 2015 - 4:50 pm

            I’ll be damned.

            Let’s give this guy a chance then. It’s not like he’s going to be able to get everything he wants anyway.

          • #33 by brewski on September 7, 2015 - 7:52 pm

            Exactly. A Sanders presidency with a GOP congress would get more done because Sanders isn’t so poisonous and evil. The GOP and Sanders could find some common ground and get something done. If Hillary was president then only Wall Street would win.

            My first pick is Fiorina.

          • #34 by Larry Bergan on September 7, 2015 - 9:09 pm

            Well, you nearly had me up until the Fiorina part. :(

            Not really. What we need next time is Sanders with a Democrat house and senate, but I commend you for picking SOMEBODY. Most everybody who’s not for Sanders won’t commit to anybody.

  12. #35 by Larry Bergan on September 3, 2015 - 5:37 pm

    Hillary Clinton isn’t crafty enough to be president. If she had just had Julian Assange release them, they wouldn’t be getting any press.

    Sheesh!

  13. #36 by Larry Bergan on September 7, 2015 - 11:33 am

    NPR is still parroting the lie that Hillary’s trust level is a result of her E-mails instead of being married to the banking and corporate world.

    They are doing everything they can to avoid saying anything about Sanders. :(

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