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Thank you Wisconsin

I know He Can't Win™, but Bernie sure is doing a good job of pretending, winning 7 of the last 8 contests with 57% or more of the vote, digging about a third of the way out of his delegate gap while polling 10 points down in New York (with two weeks to go), 6 points down in Pennsylvania, and 10 points down in California. 538 was giving Bernie a 17% chance of winning Wisconsin a week ago.

By the way, if you've heard about a "disastrous" interview with the New York Daily News, here is some pushback on that. I read the transcript and wasn't sure what the fuss was about, but the media have been happy to jump on the narrative that Bernie doesn't know what he's talking about. But Peter Eavis at the New York Times, Ryan Grim at HuffPo, and good old Dean Baker all say it's nonsense.

After trying to pivot away to the general, the Clinton campaign has now spun back to the primary, and is reportedly getting ready to get nasty:

Jeff Zeleny, senior Washington correspondent for CNN, was with the Clinton campaign as the news of Sanders' Wisconsin came in, and he described a Clinton campaign staff that was "running out of patience."

"They're going to be deploying a new strategy. It's going to be called 'disqualify him,' 'defeat him,' and they can unify the party later," he explained. "Now they're going to go headlong into him, I'm told, beginning here in the New York primary on his gun record, among other things."

Click the "nasty" link to see the Clinton campaign lying about guns to the point where one of their own superdelegates had to shoot them down. I guess it's going to get ugly. If He Can't Win™, why not take the high ground?

By fnord12 | April 6, 2016, 8:04 AM | Liberal Outrage


that's just so patronizing, the "running out of patience" thing. like they've been allowing Sanders to have his little fun, but now it's time for the grown-ups to talk.

@min to be clear, nobody from the Clinton campaign said that; it's a quote from a CNN talking head. (Video here: http://vid1168.photobucket.com/albums/r491/sillyjillies1/Hillary%20declares%20war_zpsxmxe4yqa.mp4 )

The Clinton campaign is undoubtedly aware that Sanders needs not just massive wins, but also to flip a lot of her superdelegates, which are, after all, designed to pick the establishment candidate in close races. Continuing to focus on Trump is the only strategy that really makes sense at this point. I suspect the Zeleny quote is the kind of 24-hour news cycle stuff that can be taken with a bucket of salt, but we'll see soon I guess.