Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Cosplay Socialists for Fox

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Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Bernie Sanders’ Most Enthusiastic Supporters

As Molly Ivins was wont to say, It’s okay to step on your dick occasionally, but you shouldn’t just *stand* there…

And of course they’re baiting Dems nervous about the phantasm of ‘electability’, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong:

Republicans like their chances of keeping the Senate in 2020. But there’s one thing they think would all but seal the deal: Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Some GOP incumbents are practically cheering him on, confident there’s no way a self-described democratic socialist could win a general election against President Donald Trump and that he’d drag other Democrats on the ballot with him.

“It would be good for us to have a nominee like that,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who is up for reelection next year and sounded downright giddy about the prospect of Sanders representing Democrats at the top of the ticket.
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Election 2020 Open Thread: Bernie Sanders Is Reliable, in His Own Way

No wonder he’s Donald Trump’s preferred opponent:

… “A track record matters,” Shakir added, “especially in these places that are the pathway to the presidency. Voters in places like Michigan and Pennsylvania want to know that someone has been fighting for them from the beginning. This is not about re-litigating the past. It is about what the past can tell you about the future.”…

A track record, such as Bernie’s…

But we’re under attack by the nasty Democrats! The party is plotting against us, by switching to forums that don’t allow threats & screaming to overwhelm honest debate!
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{Eye Roll} Open Thread: Sanders’ Team Preps for His Fox News Town Hall

… by threatening (actual) Democrats, of course — with the assistance of the NYTimes:

One of the “digs” on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential campaign was that he was all about himself — insufficiently attuned to concerns about unity, quick to lash out at critics and exceptionally thin-skinned. Those concerns surfaced again in Democratic ranks when he hired a rabid social media hit man, David Sirota (who hadn’t initially disclosed his affiliation with the Sanders camp).

Now he has gone into full attack-and-destroy mode, targeting in a vitriolic letter the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank that has advanced, for example, a health-care plan that expands Medicare but is distinct from the Sanders Medicare-for-all plan, and CAP Action Fund, CAP’s political arm…
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Late Night Open Thread: Putin’s Other Puppet

This might be embarrassing, to a campaign capable of embarrassment:

While much attention has focused on the question of whether the Trump campaign encouraged or conspired with Russia, the effort to target Sanders supporters has been a lesser-noted part of the story. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in a case filed last year against 13 Russians accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, said workers at a St. Petersburg facility called the Internet Research Agency were instructed to write social media posts in opposition to Clinton but “to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.”

That strategy could receive new attention with the release of Mueller’s report, expected within days.

Sanders told Vermont Public Radio last year that one of his campaign workers figured out what was going on, alerted Clinton campaign officials and told them, “I think these guys are Russians.” But Sanders said he never knew, and he later backed off his suggestion that his staff did. A spokesman referred questions to 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver, who said in an interview that Sanders “misspoke a little bit and conflated a few of the facts . . . He did not know, I did not know, none of us knew” that Russia was behind the efforts.

Only recently, with the latest analysis of Twitter data, has the extent of the Russian disinformation campaign been documented on that social media platform…

Russia’s effort to promote Sanders as a way to influence the U.S. election began shortly after he declared his candidacy in the spring of 2015, according to Mueller’s indictment of the 13 Russians. The aim was to defeat or weaken Clinton, who had angered Russian President Vladimir Putin when she was secretary of state.
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