Friday, November 18, 2016

Kurt Eichenwald: ‘The Myths Democrats Swallowed That Cost Them the Presidential Election’

From Newsweek:

It is impossible to say what would have happened under a fictional scenario, but [Bernie] Sanders supporters often dangle polls from early summer showing he would have performed better than [Hillary] Clinton against Trump. They ignored the fact that Sanders had not yet faced a real campaign against him.  ...

So what would have happened when Sanders hit a real opponent, someone who did not care about alienating the young college voters in his base? I have seen the opposition book assembled by Republicans for Sanders, and it was brutal. The Republicans would have torn him apart. And while Sanders supporters might delude themselves into believing that they could have defended him against all of this, there is a name for politicians who play defense all the time: losers.

Here are a few tastes of what was in store for Sanders, straight out of the Republican playbook: He thinks rape is A-OK. In 1972, when he was 31, Sanders wrote a fictitious essay in which he described a woman enjoying being raped by three men. Yes, there is an explanation for it — a long, complicated one, just like the one that would make clear why the Clinton emails story was nonsense. And we all know how well that worked out.

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