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Hillary Landslide in South Carolina
Win or Lose, the Bernie camp and rabid followers cannot let go of the fact that Hillary is ahead right now due to winning many of the Southern states on Super Tuesday. It really sticks in their craw that the great Southern base of the Democratic Party has a voice in this election. Bernie fans would rather pretend that a handful of delegates from Idaho, Utah, Washington State are more important the millions of votes already cast in the Southeast and Texas.
Bernie said most recently that the early Southern primaries "distort reality."
Sanders says that having southern states vote early in Democratic primary calendar "distorts reality" https://t.co/WZaVlJswbg— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) April 13, 2016
No matter what Sanders says, the Southern Democratic electorate—aka Blacks and Latinos—do not 'distort reality' https://t.co/aQrLK3nyrn— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) April 14, 2016
UPDATE One: Paul Krugman wrote a great column called "The Pastrami Principle" about why it is rather stupid to insult voters, but also that Bernie is deliberately spinning the "rigged" Southern primaries to give hope where there is no hope, to make his supporters believe he can still win in spite of the delegate math:
Paul Krugman, New York Times
. . . Mrs. Clinton didn’t win big in the South on the strength of conservative voters; she won by getting an overwhelming majority of black voters. This puts a different spin on things, doesn’t it?
Is it possible that Mr. Sanders doesn’t know this, that he imagines that Mrs. Clinton is riding a wave of support from old-fashioned Confederate-flag-waving Dixiecrats, as opposed to, let’s be blunt, the descendants of slaves? Maybe. He is not, as you may have noticed, a details guy.
It’s more likely, however, that he’s being deliberately misleading...
. . . No, claims that Clinton wins in the South should be discounted are really aimed at misleading Sanders supporters, giving them an unrealistic view of the chances that their favorite can still win — and thereby keeping the flow of money and volunteers coming.
. . . But trying to keep his campaign going by misleading his supporters is not O.K. And sneering at millions of voters is truly beyond the pale, especially for a progressive.
UPDATE Two: Bernie blamed Southern voters AGAIN last night during the CNN debate and twitter pushed back:
Sanders dismisses south, says his campaign "got our clocks cleaned," but "it's the most conservative part of the country." #demdebate— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 15, 2016
Southern Dem voters have got to be wondering what they did to get dismissed so summarily. No one says these things about Utahns.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 15, 2016
Please stop ignoring the poorest region & the ppl who still believe in the hope of America. I'm a proud Southerner. https://t.co/OkYDjBjCRp— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) April 15, 2016
#PROUDSOUTHERNDEMOCRAT #DemDebate #ImwithHer #FeelTheBern We are tired of being dismissed 1/2 pic.twitter.com/AUCZxj0u62— Kim (@kimfrederi) April 15, 2016
Sanders' discounting of Southern Dems at stark odds w/ his party's long-standing mission of aiding the overlooked in red states (ACA, etc.)— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) April 15, 2016
Again, shits on the Deep South but celebrates Wyoming, Oklahoma, Utah etc. He means us Blacks folks! I'm reacting accordingly. #DemDebate— Only4RM (@Only4RM) April 15, 2016
@Only4RM but all these white guys in my feed insist Bernie meant "conservative" when he dissed Deep South and praised red OK/UT/WY 👀— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) April 15, 2016
Florida, Virginia, Texas, Missouri, etc. not exactly the “deep south”— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 15, 2016
Sanders winning in the progressive strongholds of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 15, 2016
@ForecasterEnten Southern Dems of any color are more pragmatic as well, don't live in a liberal bubble, don't fall for the big promises.— Michael Skotnicki (@MSkotnicki) April 15, 2016
This Texan is so over the dismissive tone of Senator Sanders re: the south pic.twitter.com/mbDxjkTAUA— Mini Timmaraju (@mintimm) April 15, 2016
Apparently the candidate agrees with many of the stupid theories and myths about the South which are rampant in Bernie-land:
- The DNC "front-loaded" the primaries with Southern states to favor Hillary.
- The white "base" in the South reject Bernie because they are old fashioned "conservative Dems" no better than Dixiecrat racists.
- The black voters of the South are especially singled out for blame in ruining Bernie's chances, which many people of color view as a racist dog whistle.
- Southern Dems don't matter anyway since they live in red states like South Carolina that won't go for the Democrats in the general election, so why should they get such a large proportion of delegates?
- Southern Dems are just as progressive as Dems anywhere. Think of Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, John Lewis, etc.
- Dems in red states are outnumbered by Republicans, so their votes are usually cancelled out in the general election. Therefore it is imperative that their voices be heard during Primary Season, and they turned out by the hundreds of thousands.
- Bernie got votes in the South, but Hillary simply got more, and therefore earned more delegates. His surrogates claim now that he never tried to win in the South, but that is smoke and mirrors, with a good bit of sour grapes too.
- If Bernie had invested more time and money in southern states, he might have done better, but he won't take responsibility for his own losses, and would rather blame voters.
- Any student of recent election history can clearly see that the South is the future of the Democratic Party. Demographics are destiny, and states such as Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and even Texas will not always be red - it's just a matter of time.
Here is just a small sampling of anti-Southern comments by Bernie and his minions:
GEORGE: She's getting more votes.— Alan Kestrel (@AlanKestrel750) April 10, 2016
BERNIE: Well, she is getting more votes. A lot of that came from the South. pic.twitter.com/gJSJEt3J4B
Bernie Bro Tim Robbins Says Winning South Carolina 'Like Winning Guam' For a Democrat https://t.co/KdTCp2BJP7 pic.twitter.com/nfjY9xw2v1— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 5, 2016
"After the 15th there are no more southern states."-Jeff Weaver, #SuperTuesday— nick price (@nickprice91) March 9, 2016
Tad Devine says Clinton's lead is almost entirely from states in which Sanders did not compete: "She has emerged as a weak front runner."— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) March 28, 2016
Chris Matthews tries to explain to Jeff Weaver that “Bill Clinton was a southern Dem in the 80s and 90s” and Weaver just stares blankly.— Clio the Leo (@CliotheLeo) February 20, 2016
Tad Devine says that Bernie did not compete in states that Hillary won. Might want to look again,sir. #VettingBernie pic.twitter.com/d5RPNJQu9h— FactCheckBernie (@FactCheckBernie) March 28, 2016
All those states @taddevine claimed Bernie didn't compete in, they totally competed in. h/t @maddow #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/tqD9k3XeDY— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) March 30, 2016
But the Misinformation Train keeps rolling along!
I'm not even a Berner, but Hillary is more frightening than Trump.— Victor Licata (@VictorLicata1) February 25, 2016
Jeb! was scary as a Bush, but Hillary is... a Dixiecrat. #WhichHillary
Hillary wins big in the old south Confederate states; Bernie blows her out in the country's progressive strongholds. Very telling. #WACaucus— hoirizon (@_hoirizon) March 26, 2016
Corporatist Hillary only wins "red states" where the political GOP hacks are entrenched. They subscribe to her debased corporatist agenda.— Douglas H Millis (@Doughravme) April 13, 2016
Hillary won confederate states; stop pushing HRC as inevitable and u might notice Bernie's strengths #authenticity https://t.co/2rE5OuKFL9— robert w johnston (@robbyj62) March 22, 2016
@KagroX @lhfang @BenjySarlin @jmartNYT people are confusing Wyoming *Democrats* with Wyoming *voters*. WY's Dems are more liberal than MS's— YeaYouRite (@YeaYouRite) April 9, 2016
Why do Republican "Red" states like Hillary so much?— Kenneth Hansen (@KennethHansen2) April 8, 2016
Feel "the Bern",
And never return. https://t.co/iUgyXIrhil
#HillaryClinton #Hillary2016 #HillaryStrong #BernieSanders #Bernie2016 #Bernie #Confederate #Flag #Democrats look... https://t.co/Dnc0c3Geb6— BL8ant Band (@BL8antBand) March 21, 2016
hillary clinton is the dixiecrat malcolm x warned us about in his ballot or the bullet speech.— christopher smith (@_thelonius_) March 28, 2016
#CLINTON #CORRUPTION— Mojica Fitz Kennedy (@politicalcomic) April 7, 2016
Scathing reflections on political character of #SlickWilly & #Dixiecrat #GoldwaterGirl #Hillary https://t.co/96nBMAShDb
Bill & Hillary are modern day #Dixiecrats. It hurts my soul that ppl fall for their pandering despite their history: https://t.co/oZm87vtT3y— John Henry (@thenluedoorcafe) April 9, 2016