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Univision Is First to Make “Bernie the Red” Charge

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

berniefidelclipAn amazing thing happened in last night’s debate in Miami between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: For the first time since the campaign began, Democratic voters got a glimpse of the kind of ferocious, meat grinder attacks Republicans would use to pulverize the superannuated socialist, should his party be so unfortunate as to choose him as its candidate.

Midway through the event, Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas said to Sanders, “In 1985, you praised the Sandinista government and you said that Daniel Ortega was an impressive guy. This is what you said about Fidel Castro, let’s listen.”

And then up came a video clip from August 1985 in which Sanders, then the mid-40s mayor of Burlington, Vermont, spoke to an interviewer from the Center for Media & Democracy about Cuba and Central America, Take it away, Bernie:

You may recall, way back in, what was it, 1961 they (the U.S. ) invaded Cuba. And everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world. All the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society.

fidel_castro_pnw1Patria O Muerta Whether or not you think Daniel Ortega was impressive, or that Fidel transformed Cuban society in a good way is not the point. It was the first time in the campaign that anyone used Sanders’s own words to paint him as a communist sympathizer.

Sanders and his Sandersistas keep exulting in national polls that show him running stronger against Donald Trump than Clinton. There’s a very good reason for that: Republicans have been bashing Hillary, over scandals real and imagined, since 1993. They have laid exactly not one fingertip on Bernie, first because they considered him irrelevant and, now, because they get Reagan-Mondale ’84 stars in their eyes when they consider the prospect of Sanders leading the Democratic national ticket.

The short bit of a tape wasn’t the whole story. No, when asked about it, Bernie doubled down on his Marxist analysis of U.S. imperialism, starting with the Monroe Doctrine, fercrissache, and running right through the old SDS playbook on the history of Latin America.

Throughout the history of our relationship with Latin America we’ve operated under the so-called Monroe Doctrine, and that said the United States had the right do anything that they wanted to do in Latin America. So I actually went to Nicaragua and I very shortly opposed the Reagan administration’s efforts to overthrow that government. And I strongly opposed earlier Henry Kissinger and the — to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende in Chile…

Look, let’s look at the facts here. Cuba is, of course, an authoritarian undemocratic country, and I hope very much as soon as possible it becomes a democratic country. But on the other hand…it would be wrong not to state that in Cuba they have made some good advances in health care. They are sending doctors all over the world. They have made some progress in education…

hillaryunivisionHillary Pounces Hillary took about two seconds to tear his face off over his comments, past and present:

And I just want to add one thing to the question you were asking Senator Sanders. I think in that same interview, he praised what he called the revolution of values in Cuba and talked about how people were working for the common good, not for themselves.

 I just couldn’t disagree more. You know, if the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, you imprison people or even kill people for expressing their opinions, for expressing freedom of speech, that is not the kind of revolution of values that I ever want to see anywhere.

Look, we don’t necessarily disagree all that much with Bernie’s overall analysis. And some of our best past lives friends are godless, commie pinkos. Our point is that while these notions may be fine to fling around the Golden State, folks in Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and a handful of other battleground toss-up states may get a whole lot less comfortable with Chairman Bernie’s “revolution” when they maostart seeing some of the personal political history on which he bases it.

And Wednesday night’s debate offered just the tiniest taste of what would be unloaded on him if he were to become the Democratic nominee. He would be portrayed as a Bernie the Red, seeking to undermine all that is great about American capitalism while forcing us all to live in communes, smoke Cuban cigars and drive ’57 Chevys. And much worse.

Remember Bernie, a single spark can start a prairie fire.

Shocker: Bernie Wins Michigan, Calbuzz Eats Crow

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

bernie_sanders_smile_ap_imgIn a shocking campaign development, it turns out Michigan voters actually like the really annoying finger-waving of Bernie Sanders that drives us crazy. That clearly is the most plausible explanation for the septuagenarian socialist’s stunning win on Tuesday night in a crucial state for Democrats.

Maybe a couple other things too:

That Sanders beat Clinton in Michigan by carrying white male voters, is rich in irony: how do you explain the successors to the Reagan Democrats of yore – hello, Macomb County – voting for a Jewish lefty from Brooklyn ?

Clearly, Hillary’s association with Bill Clinton’s push for the North American Free Trade Agreement, was a major negative in a state where thousands of jobs have since been exported to Mexico, Japan and South Korea.

But – and maybe it’s not nice to say it – perhaps the facts that she’s a woman and a fierce defender of Barack Obama had some effect.

Hillary’s Trade Deficit. Let’s look at the data, culled from network exit polls: Sanders beat Clinton 54-44% among men and 57-42% among whites. Clinton won 52-46% among women and 65-30% among blacks. Yet Sanders also won 53-46% among liberals while Clinton won 53-44% among moderates.

eating crowAccording to the exit polls — and this might be the single  most important data point — 58% of Michigan voters believe trade with other countries takes away U.S. jobs compared to 30% of say trade creates jobs. Among those anti-trade voters, Sanders beat Clinton 56-43% while pro-trade voters split 52-43% for Clinton.  (BTW: Donald Trump would hammer on this too in a state Obama carried in ’08 and ’12 and cannot afford to lose in November.)

Also, Bernie once again completely waxed Hillary among younger voters, 81-18%, finishing tens of thousands of votes ahead in and around Michigan and Michigan State universities. And he crushed her among independents, with 70% — another group Trump would appeal to). Consolation prize for Hillary: she was a big winner among seniors, a key Democratic constituency.

Bottom line: white men who oppose trade voted for Sanders. If he can carry those same voters in upcoming contests in Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, he can do real damage to Clinton ’s campaign.

And yet, despite the bone-chilling message for Hillary, she ended the night winning more delegates than Bernie (she killed him in Mississippi), continuing her march to the nomination.

Bernie’s Finger-Wagging Is Getting Really Annoying

Monday, March 7th, 2016

bernie fingerThe most important moment of Sunday night’s Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: her deft counter-punch of his caterwauling and blaming her “disastrous” trade policies for the loss of manufacturing jobs.

On the stage in Flint, Michigan, near the heart of the nation’s auto industry, Clinton didn’t miss a beat in noting Sanders’s vote against the 2009 federal bailout of car makers.

“If everybody had voted the way he did, I believe the auto industry would have collapsed, taking 4 million jobs with it,” she said.

Take that, Howard Beal.

It reminded us of that great Obama-Biden bumper sticker: “Bin Laden is dead;  GM is alive.”  And Hillary was on the right side of both of those biggies.

demdebatetwoshotThe davening mansplainer: For Hillary, it surely was a satisfying exchange, as it punctured Bernie’s two-hour display of finger-wagging, face-smirking and rude interruptions — “excuse me I’m talking,” he mansplained in one attempt to hush her – in which he seemed a cross between an Ashkenazi rabbi davening and the four-eyed dork in the front row of fifth grade about to pee his pants if Miss Barbara didn’t call on him. (see #excusemeimtalking)

While Sanders defensively disputes her characterization of his position on the legislation – he insists he was voting against the bailout of Wall Street and big banks – it’s an argument that will cut deeply in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, direct primary states where she is expected to win comfortably.

As will Sanders’s defense of his vote to grant immunity to gun manufacturers and sellers. Not to mention his rather clumsy statement that white people don’t know what it’s like to live in a ghetto.

I'm walking here!

I’m walking here!

Nothing new under the sun: None of this, however, will change the fundamental dynamics of the Democratic race: party loyalists and undecideds looking for pragmatism and smart, detailed policy will back Hillary; idealists will go for Bernie’s lefty rhetoric and one-note symphony about income inequality and the corrupt campaign finance system

And she will keep marching toward a majority of delegates, while he, with nothing to lose, will not go quietly; witness his debate attacks over NAFTA and other trade deals, something he has not done in his TV ads.

Also last night: no one talked about the size of their schwantz.

Here’s the Calbuzz Twitter feed (in reverse order)

Bernie’s vote against money to auto bailout will hurt him in Michigan and Ohio in particular. Smart of HRC to use it.

Summary: HRC and Bernie supporters unmoved; undecideds looking for smart, detailed policy will go to HRC; idealists for Bernie.

I don’t intend to get into the gutter with whoever they nominate, Hillary says.

Is that dandruff on Bernie’s shoulder and suit coat?

Hillary says she prays for specific people in rough circumstances, for the will of God to be known, for people in authority

I am proud to be Jewish. My father’s family was wiped out by Hitler. I know from extremism, Bernie says in response to Cooper.

On whether God is relevant, Sanders quote Hillel (without attribution): Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Bigotry, bullying, blustering by Trump won’t wear well with the American people, says HRC. Sanders says he does better vs Trump.

Compare the substance of this debate to Repubs, HRC says. Bernie says the GOP debates show why more $ needed for mental health.

Bernie’s finger wagging and smirky faces to get attention when Hillary is speaking makes him look like a cranky old coot.

No governors or senators support me, Bernie says proudly.

Bernie says he was and is against death penalty — 1994 crime bill which he voted for had good and bad provisions

Don Lemon asks HRC about 1994 crime bill — she says she and Bernie voted for it — as Bill noted it had faults, she agrees

Bernie’s inability to withstand Hillary’s assault on his gun control record — the finger waving and face-making — is absurd

Still waiting for Cooper to ask about the size of their hands.

Bernie says multinational companies don’t need subsidy from the American middle class

HRC: You were either for saving the auto industry or you were against it…Bernie deflects to Wall St, superpacs, speeches

Bernie says he voted against Wall St bailout — HRC says if everybody voted like he did auto industry would have collapsed

HRC says Bernie was against the auto bailout — I voted to save the auto industry, he voted against the money to save auto indsty

Bernie attacks HRC directly on trade agreements — something his ads haven’t done — guess he’s still going for the jugular

Neither Bernie nor Hillary has yet to talk about the size of their hands and/or genitals.

Bernie, what took you so long? Says he’s been fighting powerful interests all his career and held forum to focus on Flint

Q: are you using Flint for political points? HRC says she’s been working these issues a long time, reacted immediately re Flint

Why trust government? Bernie says pole could trust corporations or Wall St — Govt created by the pple

HRC supports Flint program to pay locals to deliver water. Bernie says he’d have Feds intervene. CDC has to examine everyone.

Hillary agrees gov should resign but have to focus on getting $$ from Feds, state to help this city. It is raining lead in Flint.

Bernie was shocked to learn that children in Flint are being poisoned. Gov should resign. Moves directly to income inequality.