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Sanders says Michigan momentum will propel him to victory

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/272322-sanders-sa...

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CNN reported that the combined delegate totals on the night (Michigan and Mississippi) is Clinton 84, Sanders 67. So Hillary increased her delegate lead a bit.

Don't get me wrong, Bernie's win in Michigan is impressive, given that he was down by 30% in the polls there a month ago; but Hillary is winning big in the south, and Birnie's wins elsewhere are not yet enough to make up the difference.

That's said, it's nor over yet. Not by a long shot. Birnie's wins so far, and the clear difference between his and Hillary's campaigns, give him every reason to stay in the race. However, to win Birnie will have to make gains beyond what he's so far shown himself capable of. And Hillary's fake tilt to the left is making it harder for Bernie to make gains.

About Hillary's tilt to the left, I doubt it will last beyond the primaries. If she's the Democratic candidate she'll likely move to the center/center-right in the general election.

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Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours

The headlines are getting a little too close to the anti-Sanders editorial page.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/washington-post-ran-16-negative-st...

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josh

An important win for Sanders, but he has a real big test next week with Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

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An important win for Sanders, but he has a real big test next week with Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

I hope Sanders wins Missouri after [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj0CAjMvJxE]the way Senator McKaskill attacked him.[/url]

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Left Turn wrote:

About Hillary's tilt to the left, I doubt it will last beyond the primaries. If she's the Democratic candidate she'll likely move to the center/center-right in the general election.

She is a corporate shill who favours imperialism. If she wins the nomination it hands Trump the White House. She has no ability to attract the kind of populist support that will be required to beat Trump.

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Listening to the Clinton spin doctors today makes me think Sanders may continue to show strength as they don't seem to get it and are in a large amount of denial

This is what happens when you spend a lot of time talking and hearing what you want to hear, and not actually listening to what voters are saying. 

Who else gets the feeling the voters are just being used by candidates like Trump and Clinton to get their vote and then once the vote takes place will soon be forgotten?

Sanders’ Michigan Win Shows Pollsters Have a Bernie Blindspot

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/sanders-michigan-win-shows-pollsters-bernie...

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Washington Post: 16 negative stories about Bernie Sanders in 16 hours

https://boingboing.net/2016/03/09/washington-post-16-negative-s.html

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No wonder Trump gets so much support when he derides the media. Just look at the hatchet the msp have done on Sanders.

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No wonder Trump gets so much support when he derides the media. Just look at the hatchet job the msp have done on Sanders.

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kropotkin1951 wrote:
Left Turn wrote:

About Hillary's tilt to the left, I doubt it will last beyond the primaries. If she's the Democratic candidate she'll likely move to the center/center-right in the general election.

She is a corporate shill who favours imperialism. If she wins the nomination it hands Trump the White House. She has no ability to attract the kind of populist support that will be required to beat Trump.

Should Trump and Clinton win their respective nominations, Trump would be very wise to show that clip of him [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NllVMlu0g1Y]humiliating Jeb Bush[/url] on this issue while pointing out that Clinton voted for that war.

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Sanders scores major legal win in Ohio so that 17 year olds can vote in the Dem primary there

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Bernie Sanders ‏@BernieSanders  6h6 hours ago

If we are going to rebuild the crumbling middle class we need a stronger trade union movement, not a weaker one.

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No Bern Notice: The Imperial Myopia of Candidate Sanders  -  by Chris Floyd

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/11/no-bern-notice-the-imperial-myopi...

"...But the reticence to attack Clinton on the substance - and the essence and the goals - of American foreign policy is very much a hallmark of the Sanders campaign.

For example, his only word about the American-backed campaign of slaughter, ruin and starvation being conducted by the Saudis against Yemen has been a lament that the Saudis are wasting good ammo in Yemen when they should be 'getting their hands dirty against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Yes, apparently the proper 'democratic socialist' position is that the world needs more violent interventions by the greatest purveyors of Islamic extremism in the world. We need more killing - and more military expansion - by one of the most repressive regimes on the face of the planet.

This is where the 'progressive left' is at these days. *

This same resistance to any fundamental change in America's militarist imperium runs through all of Sanders' foreign policy stances. Which means that his plans for a 'revolution' (really mild reforms) in domestic affairs are doomed to failure, because the War Machine will continue to dictate policy - and budget priorities.

There will be no 'revolution' - There will not even be any genuine reforms, beyond mild tinkering at the margin..."

* Canada too.

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Sanders gaining in Illinois

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Sanders appears to be growing his lead over Trump in general election polls

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_electi...

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mark_alfred

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/us/politics/left-leaning-economists-qu...

Hmm.  This criticism is similar to what the NDP faced in the last election.  Hopefully people in the USA don't buy it.

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Hopefully people in the USA don't buy it.

Or, as a compromise, let's hope they at least ask their own questions about it.

lagatta

Universal healthcare is expensive. There is a visible tax bite even for poorer working people or pensioners. But the alternative can be far more costly. I have a freelance journalist friend in NYC who makes astronomical health insurance payments. He makes more money than I do, but his housing costs him, many, many times as much.

Poverty also has an extremely high cost in terms of policing, incarceration (though the latter is also very racialised and ideologised) mental and physical health and loss of talents. There is a reason why "free tuition" has such a resonance here in Québec where we were so behind in terms of higher education (this is also true in other places; just talking about here because I know about it) and the success of the CÉGEPS (a novel mixture of the French baccalauréat, North American Junior colleges and what could be salvaged from our collèges classiques) which had no tuition fees and required a core curriculum for students in pre-university and technical streams.

US public spending is HUGE, but so much of it is concentrated in the prison system and in the military... Who is questioning this, or the huge amount spent on the highway system, instead of public transport?

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The latest poll numbers suggest Sanders could pull off more Michigan-style wins

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/14/11219906/bernie-sanders-polls

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Sanders gains on Clinton ahead of huge Tuesday contests

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/272901-sanders-ga...

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mark_alfred wrote:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/us/politics/left-leaning-economists-qu...

Hmm.  This criticism is similar to what the NDP faced in the last election.  Hopefully people in the USA don't buy it.

I'm not sure it's that similar. The NDP was criticized for not being far enough left in its economic policies. 

This article, on the other hand, speaks sonorously of left-leaning economists but only mentions two, both of them attacking Sanders for being t-- left-wing: "Austan Goolsbee, formerly chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers," and "Jared Bernstein, the former economic adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. who is now at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities." There is mention of a campaign against Sanders with 130 signatories, "including some economists." Everything I can find on google links back to this NYT article, which seems to be about centrist economists (both of them former employees of the Obama administration) saying Sanders is too socialist. Maybe he is, but it's not a leftist criticism of him, it's an attack on his policies from the right, as far as I can tell from the very thin "evidence" presented in that rather shoddy piece of journalism. 

My best guess is that it's a response from pro-Clinton voices to the "170 economists support Bernie" stuff that's been circulating. 

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Sam Wang ‏@SamWangPhD  18h18 hours ago

Sam Wang Retweeted Carthago delenda est

Yes. If GOP followed Dem rules, deadlock w/role for superdelegates. The other way, Sanders would be much stronger...

Sam Wang added,

Carthago delenda est @JayCostTWSThis is what is so amazing to me. The Sanders insurgency is about the same size as the Trump insurgency. The difference is the GOP rules. 18 retweets9 likes 

 

mark_alfred

swallow wrote:

mark_alfred wrote:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/us/politics/left-leaning-economists-qu...

Hmm.  This criticism is similar to what the NDP faced in the last election.  Hopefully people in the USA don't buy it.

I'm not sure it's that similar. The NDP was criticized for not being far enough left in its economic policies.

You're forgetting this attack:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ndp-spending-plans-under-fire-from-torie...

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Sanders still expects to win but probably at the Convention now as he will be lobbying hard for the votes of the Super Delegates in the States that he wins.

 

 

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Sanders Under Pressure To Quit From Democratic Leadership, Media

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/19/sand-m19.html

"In the wake of five losses in five contests Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is coming under mounting pressure from Democratic Party leaders and the media to abandon his presidential campaign and concede the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Times reported, ' in unusually candid remarks, President Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was nearing the point at which his campaign against Hillary Clinton would end, and that the party must soon come together to back her.

The drumbeat from the Democratic Party establishment and the media amounts to a demand that Sanders carry out his assigned role in the presidential election: convincing his supporters, particularly young people, to back Clinton..."

 

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In Defense of Disruption  -  by Paul Street

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/18/in-defense-of-disruption-2/

"...Any serious Left progressive should consult the sage wisdom of the late radical historian Howard Zinn's elementary maxim: 'The really critical thing isn't who is sitting in the White House, but who is sitting in - in the streets, in the cafeterias, in the halls of government, in the factories.

Who is protesting, who is occupying offices and demonstrating - these are the things that determine what happens.*

We need a revolution, alright. And, to use one of Bernie's favorite phrases, Guess What? Bernie was never going to lead one. You can take that to the bank and then shut it down.

Shall 'we the people' really stand by dutifully while this nauseating, authoritarian farce is foisted upon us and sold as 'democracy' and as 'politics', the only politics that matters?

Seriously...?"

*pay close attention Canucklheads...

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This is just a standard political approach used by frontrunners everywhere. 

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Sanders offered to videoconference his speech to AIPAC and they turned him down. Go figure.

bekayne

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/21/being-for-bernie-a-conundrum-infi...

P.S. I don’t “like” Bernie. I don’t “Feel the Bern.” I say without hesitation that he’s half an imperialist with a foreign policy (such as it is) that I can’t get behind. And plenty of other flaws, too. He’s as ready to say that the cretin James Inhofe is his “friend” as Hillary is to fictionalize Nancy Reagan’s AIDS “advocacy.” By running as a Democrat, he is playing inside baseball. But I’m pretty sure that’s the only way we could ever see a significantly left candidate elected in my lifetime, if not any lifetime. It’s for that reason – and because, at a fundamental level, he is different, because he is not beholden to the moneyed interests – I am sticking with Bernie.

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Does a hockey team not show up for the third period because they are behind in the game?

Democrats are making a mistake telling Sanders to drop out and those remarks could come back to haunt them. 

 

 

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Does a hockey team not show up for the third period because they are behind in the game?

Democrats are making a mistake telling Sanders to drop out and those remarks could come back to haunt them.

Exactly. If they're that confident that Hillary has this in the bag, why do they have to pressure Sanders? They are essentially asking that people hand the Presidency (and by extension the Democratic Party nomination) to Clinton without Clinton having to do any work to earn that support.

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lagatta

Interesting that Bernie took Israel. Now, Bernie is not "anti-Zionist" but he is certainly far more critical of Israeli policies than Clinton or any of the others (except perhaps Trump, for rather quirky reasons).

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