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Yup, spanking works. It works for teaching children that a big person can inflict their will on a smaller person because of superior size. Rather than explain why something is forbidden, some parents just get angry and hit. Every bully I have ever known was spanked.

One of my good friends is a spanker. His 13 year old son is now physically challenging him to the point where it's no longer a spanking but a fight, which will likely get my friend in trouble with the law some day.

I started lifting weights in 8th grade. I remember in 10th grade I sassed my mom, she got pissed and tried to hit me with a wooden spoon. I took it away from her and broke it. She saw humor in that and started laughing. My dad got home and came storming upstairs to my bedroom with another wooden spoon because he was going to show me who was boss. At that point I could bench press twice my dad's weight. I took the spoon away from my dad and broke it too. He tried to slap me, and I caught his hand and smiled at him. At that point he realized he was no longer physically superior. He was lucky that I don't lose my temper easily, or he would have been in trouble. He turned tail and left my room. I later apologized to my mom and made amends. I was grounded for awhile, but the worst punishment for me was always when my mom gave me the silent treatment. At some point physical violence on your child will not work, if that is all you have, you are screwed.

I also think kids who get spanked often become comfortable in a authoritarian setting, because they have never been encouraged to think for themselves or challenge the status quo.

Three things doom Sanders in a general election:

1. Refusal to have a superpac. This move is loved by the true believers, but seen as dangerously naive by those of us who understand that his message would be drowned out by a billion dollars in negative ads. More importantly, Bernie has lower negatives because a lot of the country are still not tuned in, and really don't have much of an opinion. Hillary has not spent much money going after Bernie in her advertising. So for the casual voter who starts paying attention after the primaries, their first prolonged introduction to Bernie will be showing him making positive comments about Castro, visiting Nicaragua, etc. They will paint him a shade of very commie red. He has also promised to raise taxes on EVERYBODY. No matter how good the cause, such as universal healthcare, Americans are very hesitant to raise their own taxes. There is a basic distrust of government among a large portion of the electorate, who have been brainwashed that government can't do anything right, so how could they administer your healthcare? Joe luchpail and his wife will believe believe the negative spin and vote against their self-interests.

2. Lack of specifics on how he can or will accomplish his signature issues short of "political revolution" which we all see isn't happening. He has tied his star to the laziest and most quixotic voters in the country. When he doesn't get them free college and healthcare in the first few weeks, they'll call him a fraud and move on. Also I am disturbed by his lack of knowledge and specifics on foreign policy.

3. He would do well enough to win the more liberal states such as MA, MN, OR, CA, NY, but he has not been able to pull together Obama's coalition. The unwarranted criticism of Obama that has come from Bernie and more importantly his more vociferous supporters is likely to turn off black voters, causing them to stay home. I don't see him winning any of the swing states where he needs minority votes, VA, FL, NC, MI. He's also not likely to win swing states that skew more conservative such as PA, OH. So in a general, he has a chance to be Michael Dukakis.

Those who are bitching about the article either haven't read it or are in denial. Yes, the Bernie voters are younger and louder. They are all over social media. Some are also bullies. I point you toward liberal icon Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page to view the totally inappropriate pasting she took from Bernie supporters after she stayed neutral during the Massachusetts primary. It's not like she endorsed Hillary, she stayed f'n neutral. If Bernie's message is not strong enough to win Liberal MA,how will he win Ohio, PA, VA and the other purple states? HE CAN'T. The reason many Hillary voters are not waiving the flag the way that Corky and Doc are is that we prefer not to be bullied. I like a good debate, I'd rather not be on the receiving end of a temper tantrum.

Hillary could draw large crowds if she wanted. She drew large crowds in 2008. This cycle she and her people made a smart political decision that Hillary is more comfortable, and so looks better in front of smaller more intimate crowds. When she has to raise her voice to be heard in large venues, the sound is grating, it's common among women. When she does raise her voice the sexists in the media talk about how strident she sounds. Hence she has avoided large venues.

Danni your comment on Medicare for all is naive. It took a filibuster-proof Democratic majority to pass the market based system we have right now, and we lost the Public Option because of conservative Democrats. It took over 50 years to get ANY kind of program through. Do you honestly think Republicans would support extending Medicare, a program that they would like to dismantle, to every American? Wake up! Hillary's plan is to make the ACA better by adding a Public Option and cost controls. The plan is in place, fix it and make it better, or scrap it and return to what we had before, Medicare for all is a pipe dream.

One final note, Bernie is basing his success on the most unreliable voters out there. He is winning them with the promise of raising middle class taxes (which they don't pay) in order to pay for things that benefit them, like free tuition. Do you honestly think the slacker generation, those 18-23 year old voters, will stand in line all day to vote? Will they vote in 2018? He is winning the caucus states because he does well in low turnout events. We are always accusing the Rethugs of being in a bubble,the same is true of Bernie voters. Stop bullying the Hillary voters, you are NOT winning them over. I've been watching the interchange on here for awhile and I dont see the vitriol flowing the other way. You Bernie supporters are in denial. When long time lefty economists tell you his numbers don't add up, you close your eyes, stomp your feet and scream that Hillary must have paid them off! The fact that this article ran in Salon, where I see at least five anti-Hillary screeds for every positive one is amazing.

Actually good politics on the part of Clinton. To the majority of Dems she is now the presumed nominee and she wants to pivot and start her general election fundraising push while the GOP makes fools of themselves. The numbers are very much against Sanders, he can't make up the difference with Hillary, and the Super Delegates will NOT flip in any number because Hillary has raised money for them and will do campaign appearances with them, while Bernie has done nothing to secure their votes. By being on the same stage as Bernie, Hillary raises him to her level in the eyes of voters, when she wants them to believe that for all intents and purposes this thing is over. She also increases the chance that she will make another misstep. She will crush Bernie in NY and take Pennsylvania, a pretty conservative purple state. With those two in her pocket, Bernie could run the rest of the table, but unless he beat her by about 60% in every race going forward, which won't happen, he has no chance.

The Bernie people comparing this to 2008 are crazy. At this stage Obama was not as far behind as Bernie is, and he had a viable path. Obama was already making a dent into the Super Delegate count. Obama is a once in a generation politician, where Bernie is not. Bernie has served his purpose. He has pushed Hillary left, and elevated his issues into the national duscussion. If you Bernie fans ever thought there was more to his run than that, you've been fooling yourselves. I don't dislike Bernie, it's just think that we need to keep a Democrat in the White House, and that would not be Bernie.

Danni, as I have my whole life, I will vote Democratic because the potential damage a President Trump or President Cruz could do is incalculable, and the balance of SCOTUS will turn with the next president. Yes, polls show that Bernie beats trump and Cruz by more than Hillary, you know why? The right wing noise machine hasn't started on Bernie yet. Hillary has been the target of Right Wing smears for her entire political life, especially the past two years when she emerged as the overwhelming front runner for the Democratic nomination. The thugs in Congress have admitted that they stirred up all this BS over Bengazzi in order to hurt her poll numbers. Can Burnie stand up to that kind of scrutiny?

Do you honestly see Mr and Mrs middle America voting for a smelly Socialist hippy who has vowed to raise EVERYBODY'S taxes? I know the tax increase will pay for Socialized Healthcare and save everyone money in the long term, but nobody will hear that when his message gets buried under 1.5 billion dollars of dark money. BTW, like most Americans I get my health insurance as a perk through my employer. What's to stop my employer from pocketing that money once my taxes are raised to pay for my socialized healthcare?

I was in Texas a few weeks ago, before their primary. I saw a superpac add on TV for Bernie. Knowing that Bernie has eschewed superpac money, I Googled the superpac, and discovered it was a right wing group. They were using the Claire McCaskill strategy of promoting the candidate they would rather face in the general. Fortunately it was wasted money, but all the polling still says that American voters will not support a "Socialist." Bernie will never have a chance to explain what "Democratic Socialism" is, because he will be buried under that avalanche of dark money. If he faces Trump and the media continues their sick obsession with giving Trump billions of dollars worth of free airtime, Bernie will be Walter Mondale redux.

Bernie has not put together a broad coalition of voters (his wins have come in very white states), and there is no sign of his promised "Political Revolution." Sure he's popular with the left wing of the base, but that will not carry him to victory in the general. Right now, most of America isn't all that tuned into the process. I don't think Bernie can win those moderate undecided voters, especially after Faux Spews and the dark money get finished with him.

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