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Why Bernie Fans Are Wrong On Who Won the Debate

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Bernie-Sanders-AP77174442780UPDATE: When we posted this, it was centered on a critique of the alleged polls Bernie Sanders fans were citing to argue that he’d won the debate. Since then, two legit online polls — from NBC and Huffington Post — have verified that not only did Hillary Clinton win the debate, she picked up preference points as well.

Lots of left-liberal, “progressive,” and anti-Establishment Democrats who love Bernie Sanders have been screaming bloody murder because, as they see it, Bernie was declared the winner of the Democrats’ first debate in focus groups and polls but Hillary Clinton was deemed the winner by pundits and commentators of the mainstream media.

What gives? they ask.

Here’s what gives. There is absolutely no evidence that the focus groups put together by CNN, Fusion and Fox included a genuine cross section of Democratic and independent voters or were led by non-partisan professionals. Any seasoned pollster could make a focus group say any damn thing he or she wanted them to say.

The “polls” that are cited are all online “surveys” with self-selected participants who cannot possibly represent a genuine random sample of viewers or voters. Whether on left- or right-wing web sites makes no difference: any group of committed people can control the results of almost any online “survey.”

MSM Not Necessarily Right This is not to say the collective judgment of the media analysts is automatically correct. But given the overwhelming bias against Hillary Clinton most of these same analysts had expressed before the debate, it’s hard to argue they were primed to give her special treatment after the debate.

Clinton’s answers were sharp, her demeanor was poised, she was strong where she needed to be and gentle where it was called for. She showed humor and compassion, wit and wisdom. She was weak on the issue of legalization of recreational marijuana: she should state clearly whether she’s for it or against it. But on every other issue she had a well-defined, arguable position.

One point Sanders made that we’ve not seen discussed was his argument why he believes a democratic socialist  (who would be red-baited as a commie in a general election) can win the presidency.

Hillary_Clinton_2016All that matters, he said, is that enough people get out and vote. In other words, if he were the nominee and failed to win it would be the fault of the American people who failed to how up at the polls. But blaming the voters has never been a particularly smart strategy – even if a candidate tries to inoculate himself in advance of what would be, we think, a crushing, perhaps 50-state, defeat.

Many analysts – including Calbuzz – concluded that there was only one candidate in the Democrats’ debate who looked and sounded like a potential president of the United States.

And that was Hillary Clinton.

Dem Debate Changes Nada — Hillary’s The One

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

bernieandhillaryHere’s what happened in Las Vegas at the Democrats’ first presidential debate: Hillary Clinton went in as the overwhelming front-runner and she came out as the overwhelming front-runner.

She was the only candidate on the stage who consistently looked and sounded presidential and she demonstrated why the Republicans were so worried about her they cooked up a special congressional committee on Benghazi specifically to knock down her popularity.

Her message, as we said in one of our myriad Calbuzz live tweets: “I’m a woman, I’m tough, I’m smart and I know how to get things done.” (Decrepit geezers might recall Dianne Feinstein’s famous “Tough and Caring” tag line from her 1990 California governor’s campaign. We name no names).

Another of our live tweets: “Don’t see what opening Biden can find based on HRC’s surefooted debate performance.” Joe Biden could have looked like a class act if he had bowed out before Tuesday’s debate. Instead, he continued to dither. Now, he’s gonna look like a weenie when he declines to run.

Capitalist Manifesto Bernie Sanders, who comes across like a cross between Leon Trotsky and Professor Irwin Corey, tried to explain how the United States of America could benefit from the examples of Denmark and Norway, which was laudable but (how can we put this nicely) naïve.

When Hillary defended small business entrepreneurs (AKA petite bourgeoisie), Bernie had to admit he is a little bit of a capitalist after all. What he couldn’t do was answer what we noted in another tweet: “HRC a progressive who like to get things done – that’s the issue for Bernie.”

“I know how to find common ground, but I know how to stand my ground,” HRC added for emphasis.

But you gotta give The Bern the best line of the night – even if it was a gift to Hillary, when he agreed in this tweetworthy statement:“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

hillary-clinton-debate-dataBenghazi Benshmazi Hillary (who had called the Benghazi committee “an arm of the Republican National Committee”), was obviously grateful (and not just to Kevin McCarthy). She reached over and shook Bernie’s hand and the two old war horses smiled at one another. A classy moment.

Which you might not have seen coming from earlier in the debate when Hillary got up in Bernie’s grill about his votes against the assault weapons ban and for shielding gun makers from liability damages.

Right to Arm Bears Bernie’s defense: he’s from Vermont, where people have lots of guns because they hunt. But as we tweeted: “Bernie’s rural state defense of his gun record won’t work with urban Democrats” – which pretty much defines most of the Democrats who vote for Democrats.

“All the shouting in the world won’t do what we want,” Bernie said about gun control To which we tweeted: “Shocker: Bernie opposes yelling.” Which was surprising since it was not clear that he even had a microphone.

Oh, yeah Lincoln Chafee (who described himself as a “block of granite”) was the most pathetic guy on the stage. He explained one stupid vote on the fact that he’d just gotten to the Senate and his father had just died. We tweeted: “Chafee to America. Duh.” And we added helpfully, “Chafee: the dog ate my homework. Vote for me anyway.”

Martin O’Malley who is tall and Jim Webb who whined a lot were there, too.

Oh, and Anderson Cooper, who was smart, informed, respectful and firm, did a terrific job as moderator. All the networks should just use Anderson for all the debates.