The story Bernie Sanders spent the week taking credit for about his campaign staff sharing info about Russian activity with the Clinton campaign isn’t true at all. Here’s what actually happened, from the person he was talking about: https://t.co/YezgA32UjX
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 24, 2018
I think Dana Houle is right — as much of a gift as it must have seemed at the time, the mainstream media’s cossetting of Sanders’ 2016 campaign did him no favors over the long term. Between their long-term baseless hatred of HRC, her campaign’s unwillingness to be (further) labelled as ‘divisive’ and ‘anti-progressive’, and the Putin regime’s covert thumb on the scales, the old man never had to stretch himself. He could trundle happily around the country, demanding the Democrats fund his private planes and top-line venues, preening for more cameras than he’d ever drawn, repeating his greatest hits (bankstahs! bill-yanayahs!) in front of adoring audiences. When he confronted genuine opposition (like those BLM activists in Seattle), or was challenged to explain his policies (consider the Daily News fiasco), he did so very poorly — but those shabby little failures were easy to overlook in the non-stop rush of Trump-Mania and But Her Emails!!! “news”. And he never *did* have to address any other-than-hagiographic stories from his own past. Now he seems to be revving up for another national campaign… and he’s already showing how very little he’s learned from the last one…
4. Bernie then tried taking credit for something that never happened in the 1st place, AND…
5. …he then blamed the Clinton campaign for not acting on information they hadn’t received…
6. …when in fact the Clinton campaign DID try sounding the alarm about Russian meddling.
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) February 24, 2018
And Bernie’s press person managed to make it even more awful.
This is a small demonstration of how gently Bernie was treated in the campaign—beginning w Clinton & her campaign—& how that obscured how unsuited he is to dealing w critical attention. https://t.co/eeh2ziwwGu
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) February 24, 2018