Courtesy of Bernie Sanders.com:
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Sunday released its first television ad, titled “Real Change.”
The ad highlights the senator’s history of standing up “for working families and for principle.”
“Thousands of Americans have come out to see Bernie speak and we’ve seen a great response to his message,” Jeff Weaver, the campaign manager, said. “This ad marks the next phase of this campaign. We’re bringing that message directly to the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire.”
That is a pretty effective ad, and the best part about it is that every word is accurate, and not designed to obfuscate of hide Bernie's actual record.
As a matter of fact Bernie has remained consistent to his strategy of talking about the issues and standing on his record since day one of his campaign.
Currently there is a shameful attempt to smear Sanders, and I am sure you can guess from where it originates:
The once respectful Democratic primary has devolved into a slugfest about gender, with Hillary Clinton surrogates expressing outrage over how Bernie Sanders is conducting his campaign — even calling for him to fire his staff over alleged sexist remarks.
The source of this "outrage" is a reference made by Sanders that we have heard in every campaign since the beginning of time. That Hillary Clinton would make a good Vice President.
Cue the righteous indignation:
Floating your rival's name as a potential veep is a classic messaging trick that can be found in any competitive presidential campaign. Scott Walker did it with Marco Rubio. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich did it to each other (ew) in 2012. Hillary Clinton did it in 2008 with Barack Obama. It’s a sufficiently well-established ritual that long-shot candidates do it ironically to the front-runners. It’s a way of subtly undermining your competition and wooing his or her supporters to your side.
But when Bernie Sanders did it to Hillary Clinton, Clinton’s surrogates began flipping out and calling him sexist. Christine Quinn (a member of Clinton’s New York Leadership Council and a fund-raiser for her campaign) says, “Seriously? Seriously? The absurdity of that statement almost merits no response. How arrogant and sexist can you be? It’s not OK to let people with a long progressive record get away with being sexist.” EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock called it “condescending insults by a team who knows better.”
Okay look I am pretty resigned to the fact that Hillary is certain to become our Democratic candidate in 2016. But in a perfect world I would be all in for Bernie.
However I am a realist, and I know full well the baggage that Bernie carries with him. His age, his religion, his crazy professor hairstyle, and of course his label as "Socialist."
You can argue until the cows come home, but being an admitted socialist in a country full of barely educated, easily duped, sound bite devouring morons, is just never going to fly.
So yes, we are getting Hillary.
But having said that, if this is the shit her surrogates are going to pull she might find her "cake walk" to the White House somewhat steeper, and full of pitfalls as Democrats start to seriously question her inevitability.