July 2, 2016

This WaPo article reads like PR from the Sanders campaign.

"The latest draft of the Democratic Party platform, which is set to be released as early as this afternoon, will show that Bernie Sanders won far more victories on his signature issues than has been previously thought, according to details provided by a senior Sanders adviser... Sanders did far better out of this process thus far than has been previously thought.... To be sure, Sanders will continue to fight for more in coming weeks... And we can’t be certain whether Sanders will endorse Clinton before the convention or if he is unsatisfied with the final platform product. But it looks as if this process is going better for progressives and Bernie supporters than previously suggested. And this perhaps makes it more likely that, in the end, Sanders could end up backing the nominee and helping to unify the party with less discord than expected."

That's from Greg Sargent in WaPo.

So Sanders lost his quest for the nomination, but he sort of winning because he's had "far more victories on his signature issues than has been previously thought," he's done "better out of this process thus far than has been previously thought," and it's going "better than previously suggested... with less discord than expected."

Posit a baseline — some claim of what some unspecified crowd must have been thinking — and you can always claim to actually be doing rather well compared to that. 

15 comments:

Charlie said...

Also, Bernie Sanders impressed far fewer journalists with his half-baked socialist theories than has been previously thought.

Paco Wové said...

Come on, proggies, swallow the Hillary pill. It's really not that bad, and despite appearances, it's full of proggy goodness!

damikesc said...

And this perhaps makes it more likely that, in the end, Sanders could end up backing the nominee and helping to unify the party with less discord than expected.

Yeah, there's a real question about if he will do that. :rolleyes:

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Who makes more money, the people who write the press releases or the people who re-write the press releases?

My guess is there's a lot of play in the joints.

Matthew Sablan said...

That's because it probably is.

bbkingfish said...

I think Bernie is going to end up as V-P on the Trump ticket.

Long-standing back channel communications between the two camps have flowered into quiet negotiations over the past three weeks.

Trump is said to respect Bernie greatly, and he especially admires Bernie's on-line funding apparatus.

Michael said...

Fine, give him what he wants in the platform and get his support. It's not like you have to pay any attention to him after the inauguration (or to the platform, either.)

Roger Sweeny said...

The platform isn't binding and is always ignored by the winning candidate. It should also be ignored by the media. Instead, we get stories like this. Sigh.

cubanbob said...

What do convention platforms really mean? Nothing. They don't even embarrass the candidates and the subsequently elected officials when called on them. Elected officials do however give lip-service and often times really do try to implement campaign promises. Sanders should threaten to not endorse Clinton if she doesn't make the 'right' promises with a bit of specificity (as to give her less wiggle room). He can always endorse his ideological soul-mate Jill Stein if ignored by Clinton.

David Smith said...

Or, it was written by the Clinton team to say, "C'mon, kids, you've really won, so vote for Hillary, after all, she's a woman and she's willing to say anything to get elected, even that you are right. And don't look behind the curtain, or think ahead to January."

Howard said...

Technically, there is no winner since neither Clinton nor Sanders has the pledged delegates required for nomination. Of course, we know that the super delegates whom are free to vote for any candidate are most certainly in the employ of the Clinton Bribe Laundering Foundation.

If between now and then, she suffers from a G$d-forbid health or legal crisis, Sanders is still in play. A remote possibility, but given the fact that Sanders will crush Dronald, it's worth it to hold out.

cubanbob said...

Blogger Howard said...
Technically, there is no winner since neither Clinton nor Sanders has the pledged delegates required for nomination. Of course, we know that the super delegates whom are free to vote for any candidate are most certainly in the employ of the Clinton Bribe Laundering Foundation.

If between now and then, she suffers from a G$d-forbid health or legal crisis, Sanders is still in play. A remote possibility, but given the fact that Sanders will crush Dronald, it's worth it to hold out.

7/2/16, 12:31 PM"

For once I hope you are right about the Democrat convention and Sanders becomes the Democrat nominee. Not because I want Sanders to be president nor does he have a chance to crush Trump but rather for the entertainment value.

hombre said...

What absolute tripe from Sargent. Of course Sanders will endorse Hillary. Imagine his life if he doesn't and she wins.

cubanbob said...

hombre said...
What absolute tripe from Sargent. Of course Sanders will endorse Hillary. Imagine his life if he doesn't and she wins.

7/2/16, 1:23 PM"

He would still be a 74 year old Socialist Independent Senator who the Democrats will need so how will his life be changed for the worse if she wins? Indeed she would need him more than ever if she won if only to make sure he doesn't vote to convict her in the impeachment trial.

Jon Ericson said...

Greg Sargent, stenographer of the left.
Shoulda been busted in big coke sting recently.
Major shill.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon is nice, but your paper stinks.