Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bernie Sanders can no Longer Claim to be Running a Clean Campaign

In Iowa , yesterday, he claimed that HRC is playing dirty because she talks about his terrible gun record and his attempt to marginalize Planned Parenthood out of sour grapes because they didn't endorse him.

Trouble is that every word she says about his gun record is the truth. I don't care if they give him a D-; for the record sometimes it's been as high as a C.

The NRA must be a tough grader as he's given them plenty since they endorsed him in 1990. He has voted against the Brady bill 4 times, and gave them their dream legislation in 2005-shielding the industry from all law suits.

Even now, when we have the latest mass shooting, all Bernie can come up with is 'Let's stop the shouting.'

Then Bernie comes out this morning and hits her on the emails. He had said he was tired of them-but he's reconsidered.

So, as the gloves have totally come off, when will the media discuss this.


"Senator Bernie Sanders has built his insurgent presidential bid around being Mr. Clean, but several outside groups are now accusing his campaign of playing dirty.

"Sanders’s campaign in Iowa has included League of Conservation Voters and AARP logos in recent mailers it’s sent to prospective caucusgoers, a subtle effort to tie himself to those groups, if not implying an endorsement. But neither group has backed him. The AARP, which represents retirees, does not endorse candidates, and the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group, is supporting Sanders’s Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton."

"And now news has broken of what is potentially an even more bald-faced deception, in Nevada, where Sanders supporters have reportedly been posing as members of Las Vegas’s powerful Culinary Workers Union Local 226 to try to rally labor support ahead of the state’s Democratic caucuses on February 20."

"For a candidate who has boasted about not taking money from billionaires andnever running a negative political ad in his life, the moves raise questions about the iconoclastic Vermont lawmaker’s campaign just days before the make-or-break Iowa caucuses."

"AARP’s Iowa chapter had to clarify publicly that it is not supporting Sanders after noticing that the campaign was distributing mailers that include a photo of AARP members wearing their red shirts with the slogan “Take a Stand.” That’s the name of the group’s campaign to raise the Social Security issue in the 2016 election and get candidates to present their plan to protect the retirement program. Newsweek obtained an image of the mailer, which touts Sanders’s record as a defender of Social Security."

“While we have encouraged the presidential candidates to lay out their plans to update Social Security, AARP did not authorize the Sanders campaign to mention AARP or use the AARP logo, and we did not participate in its production,” AARP Iowa said in a January 26 statement. “We have a proud 30-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families.”

"The organization did not contact the Sanders campaign about halting the mailing, according to spokeswoman Ann Black."

"The League of Conservation Voters, however, has contacted Sanders’s staff, objecting to their logo being used on another mailer, shared with Newsweek, which portrays the senator as an environmental champion. The pamphlet, which is being sent out in Iowa, notes that Sanders “has a lifetime score of 95 percent from the League of Conservation Voters” and displays the group’s logo beside it.

"However, the league requires permission to use its logo and only grants that to politicians who’ve been endorsed by the affiliated LCV Action Fund. In the presidential race, that’s Clinton. According to a spokesman, the group has asked the Sanders campaign to not continue using its logo, and the campaign is looking into how it happened. "

"The Sanders campaign could spin those as honest mistakes, but given how much thought campaigns put into their advertising and the messages they’re trying to convey, that requires some credulity. It will be harder to explain away how campaign supporters knowingly deceived hotel workers on the Las Vegas Strip to gain access to employee-only areas, as veteran Nevada politics scribe Jon Ralston is reporting."

I think Bernie will regret engaging in such Fox News tactics. If you are going to attack her like a Republican, Democrats are going to take note. 


  1. Mike I know you're in the heat of anti-Bernie battle, and I'm not trying to stop you, but this is interesting: Even Scott Sumner would vote Bernie over Trump! Lol!

    ChrisA, I would easily pick Sanders over Trump, because Trump is not qualified to be president. That’s the basic first test of any candidate, and hence I’d support any qualified candidate over Trump, no matter how appalling their views.

    Go Trump! Go Trump! Go Trump!

  2. LOL. Sure most Republicans say they'd vote Bernie, most Dems they'd vote Trump. LOL.

    Strange bedfellows

  3. But I've never agreed with Sumner before. Why start now?