Bernie should remember the Post
lies about Hillary. All. The. Time.
It's called "Clinton Rules." http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/clinton-reporter-explains-medias-unspoken
Failure to understand the "Clinton Rules" are the biggest reason the Sanders campaign has struggled so much with partisan Democrats, older voters, and AfrAm voters in particular. These groups believe Hillary is fundamentally honest and they think all of the negative reporting is just malicious smears fabricated by the conservative establishment and perpetuated by lazy mainstream journalists. By running against Hillary as corrupt and dishonest, Sanders has explicitly endorsed the "Clinton Rules" and alienated these core constituencies.
There is a reason Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton the "first black president." Most people don't understand what she meant, but it is a key to understanding Clinton's support in the ethnically diverse parts of the country. The Sanders campaign has been increasingly blowing a dog whistle they can''t hear.http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2015/08/toni-morrison-wasnt-giving-bill-clinton-a-compliment/402517/
And the "Clinton Rules" continue. Remember a week ago when the Post
claimed there were "147 FBI agents" investigating her email, and then had to issue a correction because the correct number was "fewer than 50" and then reported by MSNBC to be "around 12?" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wapo-corrects-number-fbi-agents-clinton-email-probe
Apparently Bernie didn't remember that when he read the Post's
headline that Hillary had called him unqualified. The Post's
headline was deliberately misleading and intended to make her look desperate ahead of the upcoming primaries in NY, NJ, and PA. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sanders-blames-media-unqualified-tiff-clinton
In other words, the Sanders campaign never seemed to grasp that embracing establishment tactics against Clinton really prevented them from running as anti-establishment - especially in ares where those establishment tactics have long been employed against the very voters they were trying to reach.
I'm not really surprised that the Sanders campaign has been more explicitly endorsing the corrupt or criminal tropes, although I am disappointed. There probably aren't many arrows left in his quiver, so he's gotta use what he has. This is essentially the same thing Hillary did against Obama when, late in the game, she started attacking his qualifications, "fairy tale" plans, and claiming she was more electable because the "white working class" supported her not him. But Hillary's tactics in '08 created some hard feelings with AfrAm voters that she had to spend a lot of time and effort repairing over the last 8 years. I hope the movement Sanders is trying to build spends the time and effort to repair its relationship with key constituencies for all our sake.