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Conservative elites for Hillary?

We're hearing a lot about this lately, apparently even being promoted by the HRH campaign. Her former "enemies she's most proud of" are apparently now going to be her friends?

But why? Why would they like her better than him? I don't see this question being asked much.

The reasons given of course are that he'd be so terrible for the country. Really? So after hating on moderate Obama for the last 8 years, all these guys suddenly had a mass "come to Jesus" moment, and decided that Dubya really was a disaster they don't want to repeat?

So what's the real story here?

Cenk: Why Millennials Love Bernie Sanders

Cenk killing it, as usual.


Why do millennials like Bernie Sanders so much? I love that this is a mystery to Washington. Itís the authenticity, stupid. You canít fake a 40 year record. This is a generation that grew up in a time when entertainment and media is based on authenticity and not the fakeness of television. Like Diogenes, when millennials went on their pursuit to find the one honest man in politics, it was obvious that man was Bernie Sanders.

The older generation grew up on blow-dried anchors, plastic politicians, and an ocean of pretense. Realness seems unvarnished and unpolished to them. Bernie Sanders is a man not of his time, but of this time. He was authentic and uncombed before any YouTube star thought to make that concept cool.

Millennials are also a massively progressive generation. Frank Luntz, the top conservative pollster, says this generation is so liberal it should frighten political leaders. Sanders is as progressive as they are, but not because he crafted a slick political message to appeal to the younger generation. Itís because he is a true progressive who believed in these principles even when they were horribly out of fashion. He fought for them not out of expediency but out of conviction. Thatís the thing about authenticity ó you canít fake it.

Tulsi Gabbard and Jeff Merkley in Portland

Great speakers and great energy from the audience. Tulsi mentioning her resignation as DNC chair probably drew the biggest roar from the crowd.

Sour Grapes?


Can't they get anything right? Can't they not embarrass themselves just once?

used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves.

If we were to say, "Oh, PA sucked anyway. We didn't want to win there. They can have it," then THAT would be sour grapes.

Millennials, knock it off with the optimism

Temper those expectations. Grow up and get properly cynical.

Oh, and remember, America is already great!

Latest meme, "Bernie went too negative"?

Seen several articles lately, trying to claim how the campaign's recent "turn towards the low road" is what cost him NY, and hence any chances at the nomination.

Of course there's no way to objectively support this, and they won't bother to try. Because they don't need to. They can say anything they want, and claim his loss as their proof.

Much more interesting is to look at the exit polls.


They tied among whites and among males. She clearly did better among poc and women. And obviously among the pro-Wall Street.

He won on trustworthiness and campaign fairness. For what that was worth.

She won on gun policy, suggesting that her recent attacks against him on that have worked.

So I'm not seeing where in these polls that running a positive campaign helps, or a negative one hurts.

RW Media & Talking Points

Seems to me, the biggest problem with the RW media is that their dishonesty tends not to be explicit, but rather implicit.

This is an important distinction.

Explicit dishonesty would be if they said that the Repub side does nothing wrong. They don't really do this. What they do is to say that the Dems did something wrong, implying that it's a terrible thing, and implying that the Repubs would never do anything like that. All while those of us paying attention know that the Repubs are not only doing said thing, they're in it far wider and deeper. But pointing out that the Dems do it serves as a distraction away from them. It serves to imply that the Dems are worse, or at least just as bad as the Repubs, in terms of scandals and corruption. At worst, both sides cancel each other out, leaving the voter to move on to the issues (being strong on defense, guns, hetero marriage, pro-life, etc).

The RW media really does not rely on outright lies. Their bread and butter is in half-truths and false equivalency. They aren't weak on facts, so much as how to apply those facts logically. Information is important, but context is everything.

Why is this important?

Because we're now at a juncture where we no longer have to defend the "lesser evil". Corruption among Dems doesn't have to be considered as acceptable just because we know the Repubs are worse.

It also means we don't have to take all RW talking points with a grain of salt, and automatically assume a defensive posture. A lot of what they will complain about is the same thing as what Bernie will complain about.

This is not to suggest that Faux News is suddenly our friend. Simply to state that just because something seems to initiate as a "RW talking point", that doesn't make it automatically wrong.


What she makes for 39 seconds of public speaking.

Clearly worth it, no? I mean, have you ever felt more warmth? Heard a sharper wit? Better comedic timing? A more commanding stage presence?

I for one, was simply blown away. Better watch your back, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K.!

Last week we were purists and idealists.

This week we support the candidate who's deeply flawed.

Kinda funny.

Is there a better respected Not-Sure-He's-A-Democrat?

I love being out in public in a Bernie shirt, and getting so much positive response and encouragement. Particularly from those who normally don't care much for Democrats, and seem to recognize how party politics is more part of the problem than the solution.

It's so amazing, if not life-affirming, to see how much love and respect he gets from just about anyone. Except of course those who seem to choose to place their highest regard on politics as usual.
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