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Peter B. Collins: The Swiftboating of Bernie

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Bernie needs to release his full tax returns, and to sharpen his foreign policy positions and not yield that to HRC. I mean, what will he do in Syria and Iraq, and by the way, can we have the 4th Amendment back? He needs to be patient and even-tempered with the media, and avoid the traps that were laid by the Daily News.

And one more thing. Bernie has a good sense of humor, an example was his needling about Hillary's corporate speeches, "They must've been really good speeches" has drawn laughs every time. He should vary his intensity, display his sense of humor, and retell the stories of the people who really feel that Bern.

JB: What is the source of the nasty tweets about Jane Sanders? What's their purpose? Is the Clinton campaign so desperate to derail Bernie after his winning streak?

PBC: Here's a link to a stack of them. The tweeters identify as Clinton supporters, and one mean one originates from "@HillaryClinton" and says "Jane Sanders didn't get beaten with the ugly stick. An entire ugly forest crashed down on her patchouli-scented head." Now, I don't believe that came from Hillary, but I do think the Clinton campaign is getting desperate, and and has moved into "kill Bernie" mode. On April 11, Clinton continued the swiftboat meme in a comment to reporters: "I have noticed that under the bright spotlight and scrutiny in New York, Sen. Sanders has had trouble answering questions."

JB: That attack on Jane Sanders, wherever it came from, is just plain mean-spirited and I don't understand what it's supposed to reap for the Clinton campaign. What's next? Are we heading down the road of Bill C. and his "irrepressible" behavior? Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up, Peter?

PBC: The April 14 New York debate and the primary on April 19 look pivotal. New York runs a closed primary, so Sanders needs a surge from Democrats to pull off an upset. If he does win New York, I expect more attacks based on spin and emotion, and more swiftboating of Sanders that will continue until we vote here in California on June 7. With six weeks to go, Sanders has narrowed Clinton's lead in California to six points from 60 points nine months ago, and independents like me (we are tagged "No Party Preference" in Cali-speak) can request a Democratic ballot, but not a Republican that bodes well for The Bern.

JB: Thanks so much for talking with me, Peter. It was great! I hope we can do it again some time soon.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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