The "Bernie Bros" Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism
The concoction of the "Bernie Bro" narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic -- and a journalistic disgrace. It's intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are "bros"); and (2) Sanders supporters are uniquely abusive and misogynistic in their online behavior. Needless to say, a crucial tactical prong of this innuendo is that any attempt to refute it is itself proof of insensitivity to sexism if not sexism itself (as the accusatory reactions to this article will instantly illustrate). read more
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton raised substantially less for her presidential campaign in January than her Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to an unofficial tally Mrs. Clinton released on Thursday. The totals provide something of a psychological, as well as a financial, boost for Mr. Sanders and his supporters as he seeks to defeat Mrs. Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
Mrs. Clinton raised $15 million in January, while Mr. Sanders raised $20 million. Mrs. Clinton also raised another $5 million in joint efforts with the Democratic National Committee. But while that money will aid Mrs. Clinton if she becomes the nominee, it is unavailable to her during the nominating battle. read more
Here's what Hillary has going for her -- and not.
As in her (losing) 2008 run against Barack Obama, Hillary's strategists are selling competence and experience. "A progressive who gets things done," she is calling herself.
Scratch a little, however, and there's precious little evidence of substantial things she actually got done. Googling phrases like "Hillary Clinton's biggest accomplishments" yields lists that include "most-traveled Secretary of State" and "gave a speech in Geneva standing up for gay rights."
Hillary's "achievements" are activities, not accomplishments.
Fortunately for her, most voters don't question the Been Everywhere, Done Everything meme. She does have one hell of a resume: First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State. Though, for the life of me, I don't understand why Bernie's Mayor, Congressman and Senator resume (longer in total, more reelections) doesn't count..... read more
Robert Reich: History shows us you need a movement, not a dealmaker-in-chief. In 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama promised progressive change if elected president, his primary opponent, then-senator Hillary Clinton, derided him. "The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect," she said, sarcastically, adding "I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. Fast-forward eight years. "I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, 'We shall do this, and we shall do that,'" Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders' proposals. "That ain't the real world we're living in." So what's possible in "the real world we're living in?" read more
Michael Moore: When I was a child, they said there was no way this majority-Protestant country of ours would ever elect a Catholic as president. And then John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected president. The next decade, they said America would not elect a president from the Deep South. The last person to do that on his own (not as a VP) was Zachary Taylor in 1849. And then we elected President Jimmy Carter. ... Do you ever wonder why the pundits, the political class, are always so sure that Americans "just aren't ready" for something -- and then they're always just so wrong? They says these things because they want to protect the status quo. ... And now, this year "they" are claiming that there's no way a "democratic socialist" can get elected President of the United States. read more