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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:16 PM

 

Sanders gets the frontrunner treatment

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Leading in most Iowa polls, Sanders is suddenly faced with the dilemma of how to respond to attack ads from all sides.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

01/30/2020 05:00 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner in Iowa — and now he’s being treated like it.

The Vermont senator is being pounded on television in the first-in-the-nation caucus state from both sides, with attack ads airing by a pro-Israel Democratic super PAC and a conservative dark-money group.

Faced with the dilemma of how to respond in the face of bombs dropped on him days away from the Iowa caucuses, the Sanders campaign is mostly sticking to pocketbook issues — for now.

Sanders’ TV ads in the state remain centered on “Medicare for All,” a major focus of his campaign, as well as women’s rights and his movement. That’s a different approach than that of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, who are making more explicit appeals to electability in the final sprint before Iowa.

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JoeOtterbein Jan 2020 OP
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ritapria Jan 2020 #5
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DanTex Jan 2020 #3
msongs Jan 2020 #4
Gothmog Jan 2020 #7

Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:22 PM

1. Paul Begala of CNN is

 

in on the dark money attacks on Sanders.

DMFI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Majority_for_Israel#Board_of_Directors
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Response to Apollo Zeus (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:25 PM

2. ...

 

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Response to Apollo Zeus (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:47 PM

5. CNN should fire Paul Begala

 

I have nothing against the man … However, he should not continue in his role as political pundit ….He has become a political player in this campaign .. You can't have it both ways , Paul ..It is unethical for him to continue in his role as political commentator ….CNN , do the right thing - for a change
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Response to ritapria (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:54 PM

6. NBC paid Pat Buchanon for decades between all of his runs for President

 

They also had a "reality" show which paid a con artist to pretend to be a competent business man.

Doubt that CNN will mention Begala's role but they should do so when Begala is discussing the current race. His role in the Clinton presidency is well known and long past, as is his role in Hillary's 2008 campaign but since he has an active role in an organization targeting one of the candidates it should be disclosed.
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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:30 PM

3. He's handling it perfectly.

 

Let everyone else complain about his heart attack, or what video someone posted on twitter, or what Third Way thinks an acceptable nominee would be.

Just keep driving home the issues. He can't be beat on policy.
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Response to JoeOtterbein (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:46 PM

4. politico lol, garbage site nt

 

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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 09:28 PM

7. Damned if they do, doomed if they don't: Why Sanders rivals don't go negative

 

The real democrats in this race have not started to go negative on him yet but trump has a ton to work with and will bury and destroy such a weak candidate like sanders



One factor in Sanders’s success is how little scrutiny he has faced from rivals on the campaign trail and the debate stage. Media accounts that catalogue Sanders’s atypical history and decades-old comments are easy to find for anyone who cares to look. But no one knows how Sanders will fare when Democratic or Republican rivals attack him in a high-profile fashion, which to this point no one has seriously done.

Democrats face a classic collective-action problem. The party has a strong interest in publicly vetting Sanders before he becomes its nominee, but no candidate wants to be the one to go negative on him. Instead, as with Donald Trump’s Republican opponents in 2016, other Democratic candidates are seemingly hoping to pick off Sanders voters during the primary season, or at least attract their support in November, without doing the dirty work of criticizing his record. Attacks that appear to echo potential Republican talking points are especially likely to go unsaid. As a result, large numbers of voters may not learn about Sanders’s vulnerabilities and how they might be exploited in a general election until much later in the race.

The lack of scrutiny of Sanders dates back to 2016. Despite his long career in politics, Sanders was a little-known outsider before his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton. His unexpectedly strong showing in that race made him a national figure with an unusually positive public image. Why? Few politicians ever criticized him. Sanders never seriously threatened Clinton’s hold on the nomination, so she mostly held her fire, preferring to try to keep his voters in the fold for November. Republicans largely withheld criticism as well, presumably appreciating his refusal to withdraw from the race and hoping to run against him rather than Clinton in the general election.

These attacks will come, however, if Sanders is the Democratic nominee. Any candidate will face attacks, of course, but for contenders like Sanders who have been insulated from previous criticism, the potential for damage is especially great.,,,,

Moreover, though Democratic candidates don’t want to make this point in the primary race, attacks on Sanders’s praise of socialist and communist governments are likely to be especially damaging when paired with criticism of his policy proposals as big-government socialism. Even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who once assiduously sought to prevent Sanders from getting to her left, has realized the risks of Sanders’s plan to move all health care to a single-payer system and has started to edge away from the idea. Only 20 percent of voters — and just 37 percent of Democrats — say they would be enthusiastic about voting for a socialist for president.

Labels like “socialist” are abstract and poorly understood by most voters, of course; some of Sanders’s policies are indeed popular. But the penalty for extremism is real. When ideologically extreme candidates narrowly defeat moderates for a party nomination, the political scientists Andrew Hall and Daniel Thompson find, they perform more poorly in the general election, in part because they inspire the other party’s base more than their own. For instance, former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, a hard-right conservative, barely beat the Republican governor in the 2018 gubernatorial primary before losing the general election to a Democrat by five percentage points.

Trump might seem to be a counterexample, but Sanders will struggle to replicate his success. It’s true that Trump won the White House despite having unusually high unfavorable ratings and a personal background that many voters considered disqualifying. Like Trump, Sanders would surely benefit from the strong pull of party loyalty, which can help counter the doubts of some potential supporters. But Trump had a key advantage: Voters in 2016 saw him as unusually moderate, which helped him overcome those record unfavorable numbers. Though the public now sees Trump as more conservative than in the last election, it views Sanders as even more distant from the center.

Besides his socialist positions, Sanders also has a long paper trail of writings and statements about sex, gender and race that have received relatively little attention but are likely to provoke far more controversy if he wins the nomination. In one 1969 essay, for instance, Sanders wrote that the “manner in which you bring up your daughter with regard to sexual attitudes may very well determine whether or not she will develop breast cancer, among other things.” And does his diverse coalition of young supporters know he once compared workers in Vermont to slaves?
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