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Last week the New York Times deigned to notice that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president – have you heard about this? – and even by the Gray Lady’s usual standard of treating everyone to the left of the Obama-Clinton Democratic center as a two-headed, kazoo-playing talking dog, it was quite a piece of work. Times reporter Jason Horowitz’s dispatch from a recent Sanders rally in Dubuque, Iowa, barely even pretended to be a news article. It emanated tangible hostility from beginning to end – sometimes veering toward distaste, sometimes toward mockery — and was loaded with scare quotes and attack adjectives. Sanders was described as grumpy, angry, disengaged, uncharismatic, judgmental and suspicious “of all things ‘feel good,’” yet also, despite those unappealing qualities, as a cult figure surrounded by a “circle of believers.”
In what you might want to call a striking coincidence, Friday’s edition of the Times also carried a report from Jeb Bush’s floundering campaign that was not just more neutral in tone than the Sanders article, but positively glowing. Bush has resorted to what he hopes is the nuclear weapon in his anti-Trump arsenal by accusing the real estate billionaire of being a closet Democrat who is squishy on abortion and healthcare policy. Reporter Ashley Parker did not observe, for instance, that one could interpret this as a thoroughly cynical gambit from a candidate who has no discernible principles and who campaigns by tacking in all directions simultaneously. (In the course of one speech, Bush veered hard right against Trump, swung back to the middle on the “birthright citizenship” issue, and not so subtly reminded everybody that Ted Cruz was born in Canada.) Instead she described Bush as entering “a new, more combative phase of his campaign,” speaking in a “machine-gun burst” and exhibiting a “scrappy” demeanor that delighted his New Hampshire audience. A follow-up story on Monday, by another reporter, characterized the reborn Bush as “vigorous” and a “street fighter.”
The cable networks went gaga for Trump. All three covered the beginning of his speech live, but what is being overlooked is that there is a serious presidential candidate who is drawing more people to his rallies than Donald Trump, but getting none of the same live coverage from the media.
Last weekend, Bernie Sanders drew more people to three events in South Carolina than Donald Trump did in Iowa. According to the Sanders campaign, the Democratic candidate drew his biggest crowd of the weekend (3,100) in Charleston, SC. Sanders also drew big crowds in Greenville (2,800), Columbia (2,700) and Sumter, South Carolina (600).
The Iowa estimate for Trump is not confirmed, as initial media reports put the crowd size for the Republican at closer to 2,000. Since the Trump campaign is famous for overinflating their crowd size numbers, it is likely that the confirmed size of three Sanders crowds in South Carolina were larger that the Trump Iowa rally that cable news jumped to cover.
It’s an accomplishment that Sanders, a self-described socialist from Vermont who has never been a member of the Democratic Party, has been able to position himself as the alternative candidate to Clinton. He’s drawn the biggest crowds on the campaign trail and received around 35 percent support in national party primary polls (other Democratic presidential candidates, such as former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former US senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, are getting 2 percent or less).
A lead national Sanders strategist, who declined to speak for the record because he said he is not authorized to do so, said the campaign has three goals: Get name recognition, galvanize Democrats, and build out the campaign. The source said campaign leaders believe they have accomplished the first two and will now work on building an infrastructure.
originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
Does anyone know if Sanders is a CFR member? I can't seem to get a source on that.