No, that isn't twisting his words. That is, quite literally, Sanders' position. Sanders has a Trump-like ability to contradict himself even within the same sentence and yet reveal no sense of awareness. Great skill for a politician.
Chuck Todd: “Senator, in your answer there, you’re basically contradicting yourself on the issue of superdelegates in this way: you’re saying you want them to respect the vote in their state, then at the same time, you say, “But oh, by the way, for those of you that are a superdelegate in a state that Clinton won, why don’t you think about the general election?” It’s a little bit hypocritical to be on both sides of those issues.”
Sanders basically said I'm not being hypocritical but that's what I want, so it's OK.
Todd then pressed on whether Sanders will drop out if he loses California. Sanders then insisted he will then work to get superdelegates to overturn Clinton's greater than 3 Million vote plurality.
Note also how Sanders is on talk shows constantly, mentioned in media daily, yet we see posts here from Sanders' supporters that the press refuses to cover him and that's why he's losing, because the media is biased in favor of Clinton. Back in the real world, Clinton has gotten more negative mentions in the media than any other candidate. Media watching organizations actually count this stuff so we dont' ahve to make it up.
Seriously. I have no idea and, apparently, no one does. Some are criticizing the Clinton campaign for being too passive. She should strike back in kind, they say, otherwise Trump dominates the news cycle. Remember when Republicans took that advice and how disastrous it was? Responding in kind virtually ended the Rubio and Cruz campaigns, such as they were. Hard to sound presidential when talking about hand size and pant wetting.
But, critics are right that Trump will dominate the news cycle by making outlandish, crude insults. The media deserves all the criticism it gets for being so shallow, but that's the environment we've got.
NYT: “The guy’s a maniac,” John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, said about Mr. Trump. Referring to a famous 1964 political message, he said, “You could run the old L.B.J. ad against Goldwater, with ‘Three, two, one,’ and a hydrogen bomb blows up with a little girl counting daisies.”
BUT: “That is a danger,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to Mr. Obama. “You have to take the threat of Trump becoming president seriously, but you shouldn’t treat him as a serious person.”
AND: “As soon as she clinches the nomination, we need a high-level person in the campaign whose sole job is to respond to Trump, almost on an hourly basis,” said Mr. Schumer, who has begun conversations with Clinton officials about who could fill that role."
Or .. Stay Calm and Carry On: "Joel Benenson, Mrs. Clinton’s pollster and chief strategist, pointed out that at this stage in the 2008 primary battle against Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama led Senator John McCain by only two percentage points. He went on to defeat Mr. McCain by 7.2 percentage points."
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NYT: "KATWIJK, the Netherlands — Its wings beating against a gathering breeze, the eagle moves gracefully through a cloudy sky, then swoops, talons outstretched, on its prey below
Michael Hiltzik at LAT: "What do Ken Starr, Bank of America and crimes without criminals have in common?"
Excerpts: "But of course Baylor, the university, isn't in a position to "fail" to do anything. Failure is a human event. Yet no one made of flesh and blood is identified as the agent of such failure. Some person or persons made the decision to flout the Title IX mandate. Someone instituted a policy to ignore years of evidence that the football program had become a hive of sexual predators. Someone instituted a policy that the success on the field and at the cash register of the football team, which plays in a $266-million stadium, was more important than the safety of Baylor students who were preyed on by some members of that same team."
Later on BoA: "The appeals judges didn't challenge the government's assertion that the mortgage sales to Fannie and Freddie were the product of fraud. They even quoted the government's closing argument at trial: "First, the Hustle loans were bad. Second, the defendants knew the Hustle loans were bad. And third, the defendants passed the Hustle loans off as good loans anyway to cheat Fannie and Freddie out of money."
"But they found that this didn't matter, because the people who concocted the allegedly fraudulent loans weren't the same people who signed the original sales contract with Fannie and Freddie."
Closing: "The real infection needing to be stamped out is the notion that crimes can be committed impersonally, so that no living, breathing individual needs to go to jail to pay a fine. That's not how the world works, and it's time that courts, prosecutors and university boards came to grip with reality. Today, 173 years after the Credit Mobilier scandal cast a permanent shadow over American culture, that dime still hasn't dropped."
Time for Google to have consumer-facing customer service
"if Google is going to be serious about the consumer business, it needs to broaden its base beyond the younger, more tech-savvy crowd, who are a little more accustomed to being "on their own" in the digital world. As an illustration, Android’s share in the U.S. among those over the age of 30 under-indexes its share among younger users and it’s not just about price."
Think Gamergate and Bernie Bro' trolls are bad? State-sanctioned trolls are even more vicious, if that's possible. A Finish journalist visits a Russian "Troll Factory" with frightening results.
NYT: "For Ms. Aro, the abuse increased sharply last year when, following up on reports in the opposition Russian news media, she visited St. Petersburg to investigate the workings of a Russian “troll factory.” The big office churns out fake news and comment, particularly on Ukraine, and floods websites and social media with denunciations of Russia’s critics. .. “They fill the information space with so much abuse and conspiracy talk that even sane people start to lose their minds,” she added.
And: “I don’t know if these people are acting on orders from Russia, but they are clearly what Lenin called ‘useful idiots,’” said Mika Pettersson, the editor of Finland’s national news agency and an organizer of the editors’ open letter. “They are playing into Putin’s pocket. Nationalist movements in Finland and other European countries want to destabilize the European Union and NATO, and this goes straight into Putin’s narrative. ”
Conservative author David Brooks on PBS: "Some Republicans are saying, "It's all about the Supreme Court. We should support Trump for the sake of the Supreme Court". I ask them, "Would you support David Duke (KKK leader) because of the Supreme Court?" There has to be a line somewhere.
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