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Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin on why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate
In the Seventh of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign” Andy explains why Bernie Sanders won the CNN debate and why the pro-Clinton liberal media will distort the truth
Andy offers three reasons why Sanders was the big winner
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) ( New York October 14, 2015) Dear American:
Some of you may have watched the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Actually, it was livelier than I expected. This Letter from the Campaign carries a joint masthead because I will be posting this story both on my presidential blog and my ContrarianCommentary.com blogs.
Of course, the debate exposed the broad gap between the “mainstream” of today’s Democratic Party and mainstream,
. Most of
the liberal media will tell you Hillary Clinton “won the debate.” Actually, I
have a contrarian view. Bernie Sanders won, hands down. Main
I entered national politics by going to Capitol Hill fifty years ago this year to write an esoteric thesis on the procedural rules of the U.S. Senate. Unlike most media “analysts,” who have little or no political experience, my life has blended independent activism as well as political involvement. I fight corruption, arrogance and abuse, but I almost always fight within the political process, government and the judicial system. So even though I am an “independent” conservative, “maverick” or whatever you want to call me, I know how the system works even if I have always stood apart from the system while fighting abuses within our society. That’s why I call my writing “Contrarian Commentary” and why I am a Republican candidate for president - to keep fighting to make the system work - for every American.
So why are my conclusions about who won the Democratic “debate” so different than the Beltway media? Because I take a broader, most experienced perspective.
There are three reasons why Bernie won. Two are obvious, but one is not. Let me start with my surprising conclusion first.
Bernie won the debate because of guns. Yes, guns. The two first states to “vote” in 2016 are
and New Hampshire, closely
followed by Nevada and South
Carolina. Over the past fifty years the two parties
have largely polarized; there are very few “conservative” Democrats left, and
few “liberal” Republicans.
But although conservatives and liberals have realigned themselves, their cultures are not as fully separated. Many “liberal” Democrats in
Iowa are still culturally
conservative in many ways. Likewise, many “liberal” Democrats in New
Hampshire are also culturally conservative. Quick
question: are labor union members, who are classic “Democrats,” culturally
liberal or conservative? Mostly conservative. And here is what the media missed
There are a lot of Democrats in
New Hampshire, South
Carolina and Nevada
who own guns. After Tuesday night, they are all Sanders voters. By pounding Bernie
on guns, Hillary accomplished two goals for Bernie (which even he may not
realize since my views are contrarian). First, Hillary confirmed that Bernie is
a candidate that can be trusted on guns. Second, Hillary showed Bernie to be a
“politician,” and thus someone who is reasonable and can be trusted.
Bernie said he voted for guns because he is from a “rural state.” Of course, more people in rural areas and small towns own guns. Where do you find rural areas (
Hampshire, South Carolina
and Nevada)? Democrats in those
states who support guns, while espousing liberal policies, can safely vote for
Bernie because he pays attention to the specific needs of his state (he’s a
politician!) and because he recognizes cultural differences between big cities
and small towns.
Very few potential Sanders voters (see my next two points) will abandon him because of his voting record on guns. But now everyone knows Bernie is capable of representing his “rural” constituents and supporting their contrarian views on gun ownership. A very big plus for Sanders. (Ironically, although Jim Webb is really the cultural conservative in the race, his performance was so weak he won’t benefit from the gun issue.)
The second reason Sanders won is because the debate proved beyond doubt that he is driving the national agenda in the Democratic Party and
Clinton can’t be trusted to take
decisive action. One of the critical exchanges of the debate, which will
probably be overlooked by liberal commentators, is when Governor O’Malley and
Sanders double-teamed Clinton on
breaking up the big banks. Clinton’s
response? The same old Clinton. She
has a five-point (or some “point”) “plan.” In other words, mush. When push came to shove, Clinton
was “all hat and no cattle" on the need for genuine reform. She would moan
about Wall Street but she wouldn’t break up the big banks. (Ironically, a lot
of Republicans also agree with Sanders on the irresponsible power of big banks
and Wall Street.)
Sanders supporters will pick up on the fact that
is all style and no substance when it comes to taking serious stands on the
Just as Trump is transforming the Republican party (I have an exciting column/analysis in the works!) Sanders, for better or for worse, is transforming the Democrats. Prediction: even after someone wins the nomination (still probably
will not withdraw as a candidate. He will stay in the race to launch a platform
fight at the national convention and to take his views to the floor of the
National Convention. If Hillary thinks “winning” the nomination is the end of
Bernie, she is badly mistaken. Bernie is in the driver’s seat. Not her.
Finally, the third reason why Sanders was a big winner at the debate was that more than for anyone else, the debate elevated him to parity with
Clinton as a candidate.
After the debate, Bernie went on Chris Matthews’ show. Bernie said “five months
ago you would have called me a ‘fringe candidate.’” Of course he was right. But
the debate elevated Sanders to Clinton’s
When she shook his hand in a spontaneous act of appreciation for his support for her on the “email issue,”
sealed the pact that they are equals. By elevating Bernie to her level, her
handshake and the overall debate have elevated Sanders to equal status.
You may disagree with me; I respect disagreement. But I think Sanders won a whole lot more than he lost Tuesday night. He has now “rolled up” every gun owner in the Democratic Party, of which there are still many. He showed that while he is true to his agenda,
will not commit to real reform, such as by breaking up the Wall Street banks,
because she and her husband are still tethered to Wall Street and the “economic
royalists” in the Democratic Party who support their extravagant lifestyle. And
Sanders’ (misplaced) gallantry in defending Clinton
on the email scandal elevated him to equal status with her in the Party.
Bernie Sanders is not going away, he is not going to end his campaign if she wins a majority of the delegates, and he and his supporters will be a major force at the Democratic National Convention. Bernie’s just begun to fight.
[To ensure no one is confused, just because I write favorably about Sanders does not mean I agree with him. When I write as a Republican, I am a Republican. When I write as an analyst and media critic, I try to be neutral and impartial.]
Inclosing, I have made clear that while I am a candidate, I don’t expect to win the nomination. But I still intend to influence the presidential race and I have a track record of doing so. In three of the last four presidential elections my independent conservative activism was a significant factor, especially 2000 and 2008. Stay tuned.
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