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Thu May 19, 2016, 12:49 PM

WaPo editorial board slams Bernie ... again ...

He released a statement in which he listed a series of procedural complaints about the Nevada convention, attacked the Democratic Party for not being inclusive enough and warned that “millions of Americans are outraged” and that “the political world is changing.” He offered a throwaway line, three paragraphs down, condemning his supporters’ hooliganism in a statement that mostly justified it.

Mr. Sanders’s irresponsibility is sadly unsurprising. He has stirred up populist energy over the past several months with anti-corporate scapegoating and extravagant claims about policy. He has indulged and encouraged hyperbolic feelings that the country is badly adrift, that most of the nation agrees with a left-wing agenda but is trapped in a corrupt system, and that nothing but a political revolution will do. He has attracted some big, passionate crowds. But as he has lagged in votes, he increasingly has questioned the legitimacy of the process and encouraged his supporters to feel disenfranchised. The result is a toxic mix of unreason, revolutionary fervor and perceived grievance.

What is particularly galling about the Sanders camp’s complaints of disenfranchisement is that Mr. Sanders has benefited or tried to benefit from a variety of sketchy quirks of the nominating process. He has claimed support for his cause in caucuses, which are quite exclusive, but he complains about closed primary elections, which are more inclusive. In Nevada, his supporters were trying to game the rules to get more delegates and got upset when they did not succeed. As veteran Nevada politics reporter Jon Ralston put it, “Despite their social media frothing and self-righteous screeds, the facts reveal that the Sanders folks disregarded rules, then when shown the truth, attacked organizers and party officials as tools of a conspiracy to defraud the senator of what was never rightfully his in the first place.”

Mr. Sanders denies reality when he tells supporters he still has a plausible pathway to the Democratic presidential nomination. But passion cannot trump reality. It also cannot excuse violence, threats and attempts at mob rule. It is past time for Mr. Sanders to be honest with his supporters, before they take the campaign’s irresponsible ethos to greater extremes and thereby help ensure the election of Donald Trump.


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Reply WaPo editorial board slams Bernie ... again ... (Original post)
salinsky May 2016 OP
ViseGrip May 2016 #1
salinsky May 2016 #2
Bobbie Jo May 2016 #3
riversedge May 2016 #4
MADem May 2016 #5
pmorlan1 May 2016 #6
disillusioned73 May 2016 #8
pmorlan1 May 2016 #10
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2016 #13
HumanityExperiment May 2016 #7
MrTriumph May 2016 #9
imagine2015 May 2016 #11
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2016 #12
Vincardog May 2016 #14
Dem2 May 2016 #15

Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 12:50 PM

1. Ha ha...WaPo, they're angry at the judge for what he has said on the depositions so far.

 



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Response to ViseGrip (Reply #1)

Thu May 19, 2016, 12:53 PM

2. ....

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 12:56 PM

3. This

In Nevada, his supporters were trying to game the rules to get more delegates and got upset when they did not succeed. As veteran Nevada politics reporter Jon Ralston put it, “Despite their social media frothing and self-righteous screeds, the facts reveal that the Sanders folks disregarded rules, then when shown the truth, attacked organizers and party officials as tools of a conspiracy to defraud the senator of what was never rightfully his in the first place.”


Actually, all of it...

K&R

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:06 PM

4. "Sanders denies reality when he tells supporters he still has a plausible pathway" I am starting

to feel pity for some of his fans. In the end --this is all about Sanders.

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:06 PM

5. You forgot the link--here it is....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/after-tensions-explode-in-nevada-its-time-for-sanders-to-be-honest-with-his-supporters/2016/05/18/f17c2468-1d2d-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html



That big finish bears repeating:

Mr. Sanders denies reality when he tells supporters he still has a plausible pathway to the Democratic presidential nomination. But passion cannot trump reality. It also cannot excuse violence, threats and attempts at mob rule. It is past time for Mr. Sanders to be honest with his supporters, before they take the campaign’s irresponsible ethos to greater extremes and thereby help ensure the election of Donald Trump.

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:06 PM

6. The sad part

for Hillary supporters is that WaPo will write scathing bull shit commentary like this about Hillary once she is running against Trump. I hope you all will remember this piece when that happens.

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Response to pmorlan1 (Reply #6)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:12 PM

8. Which begs the question..

 

Will it be allowed to be posted here?? I wonder...

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Response to disillusioned73 (Reply #8)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:22 PM

10. It will be posted

but the comments will be vastly different.

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Response to pmorlan1 (Reply #6)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:33 PM

13. Not sure about that

Bezos and Trump aren't too friendly right now.

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:07 PM

7. the sads...

 

How odd, another establishment bit defending establishment... wow... shocking

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:15 PM

9. Nobody cares what a newspaper ed. board says. And never did.

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:28 PM

11. Isn't the owner of the paper a rich big-time Hillary backer? Gotta stop the Bernie mob and commies!

 


This reminds me so much of the attacks by Richard Nixon and the Chicago Richard Daley Democratic machine against anti-war protestors
back in the 60's.

Same old horse shit, just new people and new targets.

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:36 PM

14. caucuses which are quite exclusive, closed primary elections are more inclusive- UP is DOWN BS

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Response to salinsky (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:40 PM

15. I hate to say this

...but he's starting to deserve some of the criticism that he's getting.

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