Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders and the David and Goliath Syndrome

The bottom line is that the Bernie campaign is David and the Hillary campaign is Goliath and there are some who will always take David's side.

What you were hearing yesterday about the Sander's campaign breaching Hillary's data and then the DNC's response of temporarily shutting his data access off is a couple of things:

1. The optics of this are terrible-the DNC must turn Bernie back on fast.

2. The DNC was very heavyhanded in its response, that 'the punishment doesn't fir the crime.'

So what punishment would fit the crime then? Basically, what those saying this wanted nothing to be done at all. Ok, so the Bernie team now has sensitive campaign information of the HiIlary team-so what? The optics are bad. People will see this as David being picked on.

But what all this ignores, is that this was never a punishment anyway. That's the first mistake. This wasn't done to punish the Bernie campaign but to audit what had transpired and insure that they hadn't profited from the breach.

This is what wasn't appreciated. As Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said, if the roles had been reversed the same thing would have happened. If Team Bernie's data had wrongly been hacked into by Team Hillary then the Bernie team would be playing the same sad song-Debbie is in bed with Hillary and that's why she is not doing an audit of her campaign to make sure they don't still have our data.

Surely the Bernie team would have campaigned off of this just like they campaigned off of what did happen-his campaign being shutoff temporarily during an audit. In other words, no matter what side it was on, the Bernie team would have responded by running against Wasserman-Schultz.

Ok, so the good news, is that this is now resolved and Bernie is back and running. Predictably, he isn't leaving it there but has his lawyer continuing with the threatened lawsuit.

"The Democratic National Committee agreed Friday night to reinstate Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign's access to its voter database, which had been suspended following a data breach."

"The DNC blocked Sanders' access to the data Friday morning, after Sanders campaign staffers wrongly accessed voter information from rival Hillary Clinton's campaign on Wednesday."

"Sanders' campaign claimed that the DNC "capitulated" as a deadline neared for a court hearing on a request for an emergency injunction that the Sanders campaign sought after suing the DNC in federal court Friday afternoon. "

"Sanders' lawsuit sought the "immediate restoration" of the campaign's access to the database, arguing that the campaign would lose roughly $600,000 a day in donations without it. The campaign said in a statement that its access to the database should be restored by Saturday morning."

“We are extremely pleased that the DNC has reversed its outrageous decision to take Sen. Sanders’ data,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “Clearly, they were very concerned about their prospects in court. Now what we need to restore confidence in the DNC's ability to secure data is an independent audit that encompasses the DNC's record this entire campaign."

"A person close to the situation said that the Sanders campaign would not be dropping its lawsuit against the DNC, despite the agreement."

"The DNC had demanded that Sanders' campaign prove it no longer possessed any data from Clinton's voter file before it restored Sanders' access to his campaign's own voter information. In a statement early Saturday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Sanders' campaign "has now complied" with the committee's request to provide the information it had requested."

"Based on this information, we are restoring the Sanders campaign’s access to the voter file, but will continue to investigate to ensure that the data that was inappropriately accessed has been deleted and is no longer in possession of the Sanders campaign," Wasserman Schultz said. "The Sanders campaign has agreed to fully cooperate with the continuing DNC investigation of this breach. The fact that data was accessed inappropriately is completely unacceptable, and the DNC expects each campaign to operate with integrity going forward with respect to the voter file.”

"Schultz added that the DNC would continue to work with the data vendor, NGP VAN, "to ensure that a breach of this nature never, ever happens again and that our data is secure.”

"Clinton national press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted early Saturday that the campaign was "pleased" with the firm hired to conduct an independentinvestigation into the data breach." 

"Lawyers for the Sanders campaign alleged in their lawsuit that the DNC “failed to implement reasonable data security measures,” which led to “the inadvertent disclosure” this week of the Clinton campaign's confidential voter information."

"But Clinton's campaign and the DNC told a different story."

"This was not an inadvertent glimpse into our data and it was not, as the Sanders campaign has described it, a mistake," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a press call with reporters Friday afternoon.

"Audits of the NGP VAN program show that four accounts linked to Sanders made 24 separate efforts to save the Clinton data within the system and one effort to export the data to a spreadsheet."

So this should be the end of it but apparently Bernie wants to go on with the lawsuit. As his access has been restored why is that? Is his strategy now to demand the nomination because of an audit brought on by the actions of his own campaign?

Overall, though, while I have argued 'optics' shouldn't be used to avoid an audit, the Dems' surely didn't need this. With the new Greatest Show on Earth-the GOP primary, aka, Trump and the 13 Dwarves-why bring attention at all to the Democrats right now?I'm guessing maybe Bernie is glad as no one was paying much attention till now. Maybe that's why he's continuing the lawsuit.

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