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The new Bernie ad

Pretty awesome. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, agrees.

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Even though there are a few minorities shown, the ad leaves the impression of being very white. And Simon and Garfunkel is very white music.

Matthew Yglesias agrees, he complains that the ad is too white.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

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  1. OMG so racist.

    Steve Johnson

    January 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    • Heh! Yes! It’s about 99.7% white people, not one depiction of miscegenation (other than a young White man standing beside, presumably, his black gf). Normally, Democraps demonstrates their loathing for Whites by keeping White faces to a minimum in their ads and, when they do show a White person, they make sure he looks like a boy-raping PajamaBoy.

      This ad be so raycist and sheet!!!

      hard9bf

      January 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

  2. There is some debate as to whether it is sufficiently diverse.

    The Times also noted that the ad prominently features minorities, “presumably to address Mr. Sanders’s difficulties in attracting support among blacks and Hispanics.”

    Yet the Atlantic’s David A. Graham came away with a different take, saying “it’s hard not to notice how white the ad is — I counted perhaps half a dozen people of color in the spot.”

    I counted perhaps 20. The ad moves quickly, but out of at least 23 close-up shots, I noted maybe seven that focus on people of color. Many occur one after another at the ad’s crescendo.”

    Although the article notes that Iowa & New Hampshire are about 92% white.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/01/21/bernie-sanders-ad-simon-and-garfunkel/79110060/

    Julian

    January 27, 2016 at 10:29 pm

  3. It is pretty good. Except there’s this really old, frail guy who keeps showing up in it. What’s that about?

    Andrew E.

    January 27, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    • exactly, the problem with this ad is Sanders is in it. You know he has old guy denture breathe so the parts where he gets up close with people are disturbing.

      But it is an ad that could be for any candidate for any office in any part of the country where bailing hay and walking with rubber boots in a field are major issues.

      Lion of the Turambar

      January 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

    • Sanders isn’t frail. He moves around and handles the stress of a campaign fine. Would you prefer Rubio?

      Dave Pinsen

      January 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

  4. My dad told me a couple months ago he sent Bernie $100. This surprised me because while my dad is an old school New Deal liberal he has never supported a candidate like that. He has become pretty disgusted with Democratic politics in the last few years and reregistered as an independent. He grew up when the Democratic Party actually cared about working white people. Bernie isn’t a corrupt whack job like Hilary nor a malignant narcissist like Obama. I don’t agree with his policies but at least he is honest.

    thrasymachus33308

    January 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    • It is not honest for a pro-immigration candidate to run an ad which appeals to Iowans’ sentiments by depicting happy white communities. If he were honest he would run an ad showing a hypothetical situation in which there are a bunch of Arabs in Iowa, and make the case that this would be best for Iowans.

      Perturabo

      January 28, 2016 at 1:18 am

    • Even though I’m very pro-capitalism, I passionately support Bernie because of his integrity. Unlike other politicians, he walks the walk & has been speaking out against the oligarchy decades before it was cool. America is only now discovering this great man.

      pumpkinperson

      January 28, 2016 at 1:41 am

      • And the instant he got any national recognition he completely folded on immigration, the single most important issue facing the country. Great man? Hardly.

        Andrew E.

        January 28, 2016 at 9:34 am

      • And the instant he got any national recognition he completely folded on immigration, the single most important issue facing the country. Great man? Hardly

        He doesn’t have a snow ball’s chance in hell of beating Hillary if he opposes immigration, but I suspect he’s not especially enthusiastic about it because he probably sees it as a tool for big business to get cheap labor at the expense of working Americans. And because Bernie wants to take the money out of politics, big business wouldn’t be able to lobby for it. Of course cheap labor is not the only reason elites push for more immigration.

        pumpkinperson

        January 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

      • Even though I’m very pro-capitalism, I passionately support Bernie because of his integrity. Unlike other politicians, he walks the walk & has been speaking out against the oligarchy decades before it was cool. America is only now discovering this great man.

        It’s been easy for Bernie to be “honest” all these years in 93% white Vermont.

        His schtick won’t work in the White House in today’s America, he’ll just be a fallover pansy capitulating to every interest on his left. Even Hillary would have more backbone and moderation than him. Compare her attempt to maintain some sanity and stick up for herself during this closed-door meeting with BLM to Bernie’s ridiculous, shameful kowtowing at a rally that was supposed to be about him:

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-black-lives-matter_us_55d2ad41e4b055a6dab1453f

        And if simpleton “integrity” was so important then Jimmy Carter would’ve been the best leader in world history, but even the Democrats don’t bother praising anything about his Presidency.

        Camlost

        January 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm

  5. Too white – well, what’s he supposed to do, re-run the clip of him getting shouted down by some fat black chicks?

    Oof. It’s been an interesting election season. But as Steve Sailer said once or more, Is this the best we can do?

    ModernReader

    January 27, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    • And caving immediately to a couple of black teenagers who grabbed his mike and denounced him at his own rally is the real Bernie Sanders.

      I’m sorry…I can’t abide by anyone who supports Sanders. How stupid do you have to be to believe this anti-white pos is anything but that? He’s a mass immigration, tax-whitey, hate-America liberal like the rest of his party. His ad is a total lie.

      map

      January 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      • If poor whites care more about their genes than their wallets, they should vote Trump. But if poor whites care more about their wallets than their genes, they should vote Sanders.

        Traditionally, lower class whites have been brainwashed into voting against their economic interests but high class whites have been brainwashed into voting against their ethnic genetic interests.

        pumpkinperson

        January 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      • Bernie Sanders will attack your wallets and your genes.

        map

        January 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

      • Burn n Sunders has no appeal to the working class white trash and the black underclass. His constituents would be libertarian Whites who have this fuzzy idea of self actualization via welfare. How can the government provide housing subsidies so I can pursue an interesting job?

        JS

        January 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

  6. Michigan seems like a dream to me now.

    These kinds of ads have to be offputting to people familiar with the songs, and who don’t appreciate the hack jobs done on them.

    onetwothree

    January 28, 2016 at 12:34 am

  7. I just read the Yglesias post. He doesn’t complain the ad is too white.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

    • Good observation. He is approving of a white ad for the white audiences of Iowa and New Hampshire, but notes that Sanders will have to do something different for later states.

      Yglesias is very smart, considering both the immediate and future moves. He would have been good to have on the side trying to uphold civilization.

      Dan

      January 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  8. The producers of this spot must have looked long and hard for footage where Bernie was not scowling.

    Joe

    January 28, 2016 at 1:06 am

  9. I like the guy. Good candidate in another age.

    maciano

    January 28, 2016 at 2:14 am

    • In another age, he’d be wearing a paper cap slicing pastrami and corned beef.

      Lewis Medlock

      January 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      • No, in another age he’d be the editor of a socialist rag and still manage to afford living in NYC.

        Dain

        January 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm

  10. The minorities are on the boats in the background.

    I wonder if the shot is on Lake Champlain, VT. And, according to census.gov, VT is only 1% black

    E. Rekshun

    January 28, 2016 at 4:53 am

  11. It is a beautiful ad. It is always interesting how extremes meet. The reality is that deep down both the far left and far right really want the same exact thing…a white, communitarian utopia. Yet both cannot state their true intentions for fear of the political fallout.

    B.T.D.T.

    January 28, 2016 at 6:45 am

  12. That’s a powerful dog whistle, Bernie. Cut the sound, add a single word: IMAGINE, and run an instrumental of that song in the background. Let’s see if the audience responds.

    Glengarry

    January 28, 2016 at 8:15 am

  13. For my taste, the cuts are annoyingly too short and frenetic. With the aid of the pause button, you’re able to see that the first shot features an American flag and spinning wind turbines. I didn’t see a single Muslim, Hispanic, black-hat Jew, African American male, elderly nursing-home patient, or factory or fast-food worker, and very few fatties.

    Mark Caplan

    January 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

  14. Going to a Sanders rally is just another form of SWPL status signalling, like getting a rescue pit bull or buying artisanal cheese. Even the minorities in the ad are clearly and obviously SWPL minorities, college educated, middle and upper class. There aren’t any ghetto thugs or cholos voting for Sanders. Yet SWPLs love having this fantasy that they are the champions of the downtrodden minority losers, when all they really mean is that they have this very white gay friend from Argentina.

    peterike

    January 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • Going to a Sanders rally is just another form of SWPL status signalling, like getting a rescue pit bull or buying artisanal cheese.

      But you have to ask yourself why supporting Bernie signals elite status. Because smart people support Bernie. But why do smart people support Bernie? Lion would say it’s because other smart people support Bernie. But why do other smart people support Bernie? Because they’re smart enough to recognize someone with integrity (has been speaking out about these issues for 30 years instead of just jumping on the bandwagon like other candidates) and because they’re smart enough to understand the corrupting influence of money in politics, and how bad it’s got in recent years. By contrast, dumb people actually believe America’s a democracy.

      Even the minorities in the ad are clearly and obviously SWPL minorities, college educated, middle and upper class.

      Like the coffee colored college girl giving all the white folks a high five. The smartest minorities know that other Democrats are just pandering to them, so they’d rather vote for Bernie who despite not reaching out to them, at least isn’t fake.

      pumpkinperson

      January 28, 2016 at 10:08 am

      • But what do these people whose minds you’re reading think about Sander’s position immigration?

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        January 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      • Integrity?

        The man is telegraphing to you exactly what he is going to do. He is a Socialist. What do you think that means? It means that all the land, raw materials, machinery and labor is owned by the government and men like Bernie Sanders will decide how all of it is to be disposed.

        And what is the socialist model of disposition? Why, Bolshevik Russia and Weimar Germany. Bernie Sanders will be the partner in all private activity, making sure that all the benefits are socialized toward his people and all the costs are privatized onto whitey’s head.

        The dumb whites in the ad are too stupid to realize that Bernie sees them as the cows to be slaughtered.

        map

        January 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      • Weimar Germany wasn’t socialists.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      • The man is telegraphing to you exactly what he is going to do. He is a Socialist. What do you think that means? It means that all the land, raw materials, machinery and labor is owned by the government and men like Bernie Sanders will decide how all of it is to be disposed.

        I hate socialism more than anyone, but the pendulum has swung so far in empowering the rich, that a socialist President (restrained by a Republican congress) would be a good thing.

        But what do these people whose minds you’re reading think about Sander’s position immigration?.

        A lot of people just don’t care about their genetic fitness, either because they’ve been brainwashed not to care, or they just not genetically very tribal. Look at all the smart people who choose not to have children.

        pumpkinperson

        January 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      • A lot of people just don’t care about their genetic fitness, either because they’ve been brainwashed not to care, or they just not genetically very tribal. Look at all the smart people who choose not to have children.

        Sanders would face nothing but gridlock from Congress. Trump will get through whatever is worth passing from Sanders’ platform while ignoring all the destructive things.

        Andrew E.

        January 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      • “The man is telegraphing to you exactly what he is going to do. He is a Socialist. What do you think that means? It means that all the land, raw materials, machinery and labor is owned by the government and men like Bernie Sanders will decide how all of it is to be disposed.”

        Sanders has been very clear that he wants socialism modeled after Scandinavia not communist Russia. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        January 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      • A lot of people just don’t care about their genetic fitness, either because they’ve been brainwashed not to care, or they just not genetically very tribal. Look at all the smart people who choose not to have children.

        Immigration is not just about what your grandchildren look like. It has a huge effect on equality and the nature of government in the here and now.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        January 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      • “But why do other smart people support Bernie? Because they’re smart enough to recognize someone with integrity.”

        Nonsense. It’s simply fad driven. He’s the most Prog/Left candidate, so the SJW types flock to his banner. Ralph Nader used to fill that role. The main difference this time is that Hillary is so offensively vile that more people are willing to stand for the outlier. But make no mistake, 99% of Sanders supporters will pull the lever for Hillary when the time comes, because they are a pack of lemming phoney balonies.

        peterike

        January 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      • pumpkinperson wrote,

        “I hate socialism more than anyone, but the pendulum has swung so far in empowering the rich, that a socialist President (restrained by a Republican congress) would be a good thing.”

        Obama already does have a socialist impulse. The main reason that he cannot do more is that the money does not exist to pay for everything. Obamacare ended up not being very good because it had to be paid for. Insurance premiums went up and deductibles went way up incentivizing people to get less care. Plans weren’t that good because the numbers needed to add up.

        Already so much of government spending is deficit-based. The rich are also much more mobile and can move money offshore. Socialist Hollande in France adopted a soak-the-rich policy and actually saw revenue go down as a result.

        The ultimate barrier to socialism is not Republicans. Its that it doesn’t work. Look at France. The markets go south, unemployment soars and suddenly the President is begging economists for help. If unemployment ticked up from 5 to 8 in a short time Bernie would already be in hot water.

        Dan

        January 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      • The ultimate barrier to socialism is not Republicans. Its that it doesn’t work.

        The US would save two trillion dolllars a year if it had per capita medical spending on par with the rest of the developed world.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        January 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      • The US would save two trillion dolllars a year if it had per capita medical spending on par with the rest of the developed world.

        Monopolies. Trump will keep private health care (besides Medicare and Medicaid) but end the monopolies. He’s long been saying he will end the insurance company monopolies and just this week he said for the first time that he will end the drug company monopolies. That just leaves the medical providers themselves. They’ll fall too.

        I have friends who have had years of experience with the British National Health system before moving to the US, and they thank God every day we have our system here (inefficient as it is).

        Andrew E.

        January 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      • “The US would save two trillion dolllars a year if it had per capita medical spending on par with the rest of the developed world.”

        I’m not sure how that pertains to whether socialism works or not, but the more important point is…so what? What I want to spend on medical care is none of the rest of the world’s damn business. And if it’s going to be rationed, I want the rationing done by an insurance company I can sue if they fail to live up to their contract, not a government agency with sovereign immunity that can change the rules on a whim.

        J1

        January 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      • “But why do smart people support Bernie?”

        Granted, it’s a rough proxy, but while I see a lot of Bernie bumper stickers around here, I’m not seeing them on the kinds of cars smart people drive.

        J1

        January 28, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      • “The US would save two trillion dolllars a year if it had per capita medical spending on par with the rest of the developed world.”

        You’re talking about gross domestic product, not federal budget, of course – but this is inaccurate based on the numbers I see online. In the UK, France and Germany, health care expenditures are on average 10.4% of gross domestic product, while in the USA it is 17.1%. So if we were in line with them, something like 1.2 trillion would be “saved,” because 17.1% of a domestic product of 17.91 trillion is 3.06 trillion, and reducing that to be in line with those European countries (10.4 vs 17.1% means they spend proportionally 61% of what we do) would be 1.87 trillion. So we would “save” 1.19 trillion, not 2 trillion.

        But what does “saving” that money mean? I don’t really understand economics. Couldn’t we also say that “the US could save X dollars by reducing expenditure per capita on televisions, or by reducing expenditure per capita on vegetables?” Does it depend on where the money that is being spent on healthcare goes? For example, if people spend the money that they saved on healthcare on Japanese products, does it benefit the economy more than them giving the money to doctors or to insurance companies? It seems like the kind of thing that one could spin however one wanted, depending on what one’s political interests and ideology were.

        I do agree that the health “insurance” industry seems completely rotten and can’t really be anything other than a drain on our society. So if we could get rid of that it probably would be for the best. Maybe they should get rid of “health insurance” and just regulate the health care industry so that doctor’s can’t charge such exorbitant amounts. But they would have to still be allowed to charge enough to be very well off, because we want talented people to compete for the chance to have the job. It’s important that the quality remains high.

        Perturabo

        January 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      • Perturabo: I said we would save two trillion if we had per capita spending on par with other developed countries not the same percentage of gdp. Two different things. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt that your figures are correct and say that they’re both gigantic values, especially compared to the picayune overspending people typically cite. Many people would rather have a society that gets a worse deal spending on a good privately than a better deal financing it publicly. These people are ideologues and idiots.

        Andrew E: Every other country has more monopolies. They understand that competition can’t work the way it does in other sectors and regulate it like a utility, just like we do with things like electricity and water and ought to do with the internet. The NHS is very popular in the UK as is medicare here.

        J1: It’s an example where so called socialism is vastly better and more efficient. If you think of it like a utility it’s also a kind of socialism that has existed in this country for hundreds of years and everyone is OK with.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        January 29, 2016 at 6:21 am

      • “I said we would save two trillion if we had per capita spending on par with other developed countries not the same percentage of gdp. Two different things.”

        Why is looking at percentage of gross domestic product a bad way to look at it? I don’t think you are saying that the issue is cost to individuals, but cost to the society as a whole – that’s why you said “the US would save 2 trillion dollars,” isn’t it?

        What is the per capita spending on health care in America, and what is it in the UK, France and Germany? How about broken down by race? What counts as “spending” – for example, if you have health insurance through your company that you don’t have to pay into at all, is that your “spending” or the company’s “spending” and do those factor equally into “per capita spending?” If someone doesn’t have health insurance and they go to the emergency room without being able to pay for it, how is the “spending” calculated? Is it based on how much the healthcare would cost if they had to pay for it?

        And as I asked before, what is the economic impact of “spending” on healthcare vs. “spending” on something else? If I buy $5,000 worth of cookies instead of writing a check to a doctor for $5,000, did the economy improve? What if I write the check to the doctor and then he spends my $5,000 on the cookies I would have bought?

        “Many people would rather have a society that gets a worse deal spending on a good privately than a better deal financing it publicly. These people are ideologues and idiots.”

        I would rather not have a society in which the public pays for the healthcare of an increasingly large imported underclass. I would say that those who would like that are even bigger ideologues and idiots.

        Perturabo

        January 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

      • @ Otis the sweaty

        “Weimar Germany wasn’t socialists.”

        Weimar Germany was dominated by crushing sanctions that impoverished the country. Germany’s output was effectively socialized to the benefit of Europe. That is socialism no matter how you count it.

        @ pumpkinperson

        “I hate socialism more than anyone, but the pendulum has swung so far in empowering the rich, that a socialist President (restrained by a Republican congress) would be a good thing.”

        Bernie Sanders will be as restrained by a Republican Congress as much as Obama is restrained by a Republican Congress…that is, not at all. This model of balancing the two parties does not work if one party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of another party.

        @ Lloyd Llewelyn

        “Sanders has been very clear that he wants socialism modeled after Scandinavia not communist Russia. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

        Whatever. Is this the same Scandinavia that is busy importing Muslims to take over entire cities? That Scandinavia? And these socialists are among their own natives. Imagine the kind of socialists you will get in the multicultural hellhole that is America?

        @Loyd Llewelyn

        “The US would save two trillion dolllars a year if it had per capita medical spending on par with the rest of the developed world.”

        You cannot compare the US healthcare system to others because those healthcare systems are not self-contained. They have to import drugs and medical devices from the US. Even if they make these domestically, what they export is sold at American prices, which subsidizes the much lower prices at home.

        If the United States sold drugs by consignment that required them to be moved at 90% of the American retail price and banned the import of products from nations that reversed engineered US pharmaceuticals, most foreign healthcare systems would collapse and we would not be having this discussion.

        There is a lot of monopolistic practices in medicine. Medicine can be likened to a private-public partnership where the government helps industry pool enormous wealth so that money can pay for smart people to do smart things. That’s why US health technology is so advanced. This partnership was probably created for the purpose of fighting a war. It’s also why the US leads in food and weapon production.

        I would normally support this program but healthcare is so prohibitively expensive that these monopolies need to be ended. A friend of mine is spending between $600-900 a month on healthcare for himself and his wife and baby.

        map

        January 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

  15. It’s funny how (apart from the music) it could just as easily be a commercial for a hard-right conservative running for president. Put another way, I wonder if the whiteness of the video is part of the appeal; deep down, what do white liberals long for? Based on their personal behavior, it might not be so different from what white conservatives want.

    sabril

    January 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

    • What white liberals want is their version of Tribal Utopianism with themselves in charge…basically, artisanal status-signaling now and forever against a cadre of Bad-Whites.

      map

      January 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  16. I, for one, enjoy the ad because I liked that song, and will not be heard to complain the ad is too white. I will leave that to Spike Lee.

    Why should we add to the insanity, even ironically?

    Mrs Stitch

    January 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

  17. If you watch it on mute, it really looks like a conservative, right of centre video.

    SD

    January 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • No it doesn’t – A conservative, right of centre video would have a lot more fatties in it. A LOT MORE.

      uatu

      January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • I disagree. Bernie’s video looks somewhere between a PBS documentary on New England farmers and an L.L. Bean commercial. The people in this video are not morbidly obese and they look like they read more than Good Housekeeping or Guns n’ Ammo. In other words, it visually and emotionally leans left in a very subtle yet swpl way.

      A right wing ad of this nature would have to take place somewhere in the flatlands of Texas with people dancing with snakes and stuffing their grotesque faces with pork barbecue. This is the aesthetic reality of our current class struggle and it is why the right is losing.

      B.T.D.T.

      January 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  18. Bernie has recently stated that his economic populism could sway Trump supporters to his side. This ad might too. Perhaps the Bern is also a master persuader.

    B.T.D.T.

    January 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • But his open borders lunacy, Islamophilia and BLM worship will give them all back and then much more in addition.

      Andrew E.

      January 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      • The ad is communist propaganda. Soviet-era movies had the same happy farmers working in fields and photos of families.

        Don’t believe it.

        map

        January 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

  19. Good ad. I would guess that the small calf being carried by the boy will alone swing 5000 votes. Imagine , having the influence of that small calf. Jeb should buy the calf if it is still cute. Bernie smiling, talk about a surprise ending.

    mark

    January 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

  20. “counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike” — lol

    I’m pretty sure this was not filmed anywhere near the NJ Turnpike.

    Dan

    January 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

  21. Walter Mondale ran a similar ad. Teach your Children by CSN.

    Curle

    January 28, 2016 at 11:25 am

    • Curle

      January 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  22. I started reading Scott Adams’ blog. The one mistake he makes is to fail to distinguish between common people and intelligent people (~ top 20%).

    Most people are led by emotions, symbols etc. Intelligent people actually pay attention to information and logic. So in politics, they pay more attention to policy. In sales, an intelligent person will pay more attention to the merits of the product.

    So, in trying to persuade an intelligent person, you can/should appeal more to logic and factual information. In persuasion it is necessary to take into account the cognitive level of the person or group you are trying to persuade.

    shiva1008

    January 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    • Scott Adams’ whole point is that *everybody* is led by emotions, symbols, etc. “Intelligent people” just bow their heads to different ones than the hoi palloi. If you think you base your conclusions on information and logic, Adams would say — has said — that you’re deluded.

      It’s funny to hear him disputed on this point on a marginalized alt right site. Would we even be on this board if we thought the world, over which intelligent people have the whip-hand, was well-run? I see a lot more status whoring among the cognitive top 20% than I do information and logic.

      Richard

      January 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    • Intelligent people are about as susceptible to emotion and symbolic impulses as anyone else. The difference, I guess, is they *could* have the capacity to have a fuller logical picture of reality. But even among intelligent people those probably make up a minority. We’re all acquainted with the illogical and emotional status-signalling opinions of high-IQ SWPLs. There is plenty emotion among the more intelligent right wingers too. Then you have libertarians who try to be so logical as to totally ignore actual reality.

      chairman

      January 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      • “Then you have libertarians who try to be so logical as to totally ignore actual reality.”

        No, chairman. People who say that are disconnected from reality as they clearly have no idea what Libertarianism is about.

        Robert

        January 29, 2016 at 3:09 am

  23. This ad looks like a conservative’s dream, which is why we all like it. Will the other side respond to it in the same way? Democrats in Iowa (and Bernie’s Vermont) live a world like the one depicted in this ad, so maybe it will work on them because they’re so ignorant of reality elsewhere.

    SQ

    January 28, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  24. If Bernie is pro-immigration (legal and illegal) it makes ALL of his arguments utterly and completely FRAUDULENT.

    Appropos, Williams Jennings Bryant “Cross of Gold” speech:

    It is for these that we speak. We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest; we are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded; we have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them

    There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them. You come to us and tell us that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard; we reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

    Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests, and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

    fakeemail

    January 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  25. Even though there are a few minorities shown, the ad leaves the impression of being very white. And Simon and Garfunkel is very white music.

    Meanwhile Hillary’s lead in Southern primary states with numerous black voters is holding and Sanders’ lead in Iowa is slipping. I told you Sanders would lose because he won’t fight dirty.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

  26. You have to remember this guy is from Vermont. You could probably find Bigfoot easier than blacks in Vermont. Also, he’s just an old socialist college professor that appeals to Marxists, and hardly any blacks are really into Marxism. They just want the gimmes, the politics are lost on them.

    Joshua Sinistar

    January 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    • Howard Stern wackpacker Bigfoot lives in Vermont.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      January 29, 2016 at 7:05 am

  27. Jesus. There are several minorities, all prominently shown, in the damn video. “Minorities” are so entitled and wound up that if they are not a majority, it’s a crisis. And we’re accustomed to it! Who gives a shit how many goddamn fucking minorities there are?!!!!!

    gothamette

    January 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    • The relevant people featured in his commercial are the SWPL types of all stripes, who love the idea of gov’t subsidies aiding their quest for an interesting life. backbone proles and the dumb NAM underclass only care about having a steady stream of cash-flow, so they can enjoy their baser side of human instinct, which welfare usually does not provide sufficiently.

      JS

      January 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

      • Relevant people? It was a series of flash scenes. One of the major ones was a black chick with long hair doing high fives. There were other minorities dotted throughout. No one was irrelevant.

        Anyway it’s all hot air because Bernie is not going to be the Dem. nominee. After NH the sea hag’s machine will tear him to shreds. Investor’s Business Daily is running a series about what a nonentity he really is. He never drew a paycheck before he was 40, has never done anything, his 1st wife left him, he was a shitty carpenter for a few years, had a son out of wedlock, passes off his 2nd wife’s three kids as his own, and so on. When she gets done with him, he’ll be a greasy spot on the floor. This is all silly season fun but he will not be the Dem. nominee.

        Of course, I also thought that GOPe would never allow Trump to be their nominee, so what do I know?

        I still think it’s going to be the sea hag.

        gothamette

        January 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      • Investor’s Business Daily is running a series about what a nonentity he really is.

        Just read it, nice takedown. But I already knew he was a failure, a parasite and a slob.

        http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/bernie-sanders-the-bum-who-wants-your-money/

        Rifleman

        January 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      • Relevant people in the Sanders video = the college educated liberal types who believe in socialism, which makes a good life. The ones who envy Europeans for their generous social welfare programs, and wished they are implemented in Meriprolestan.

        JS

        January 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      • @Rifleman, I actually did not realize he was that much of a shlub. I knew he wasn’t exactly a worldbeater but I had sort of assumed he was an honorable guy who worked at something before he went into politics. He wasn’t. I’ve known a lot of shiftless bastards like him who left NYC to live in places like Vermont. They are nice people, but c’mon, not Presidential.

        I have reservations about Trump, but anyone who can get a skyscraper built in NYC is a tough SOB.

        gothamette

        January 29, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      • Working class Whites in Meriprolestan will suffer the same fate like the useless NAM underclass, unless they swallow their pride and start demanding generous welfare subsidies, like those being doled out in European countries. Most of them will not be voting for Bernie who promises everyone a Garden of Sweden, once elected. They love capitalists like Trump who will steamroll them over, when it comes to the bottom line. His clothing line is made by East Asians.

        JS

        January 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      • JS,

        “Working class Whites in Meriprolestan will suffer the same fate like the useless NAM underclass, unless they swallow their pride and start demanding generous welfare subsidies, like those being doled out in European countries.”

        Working class whites can’t go on welfare because those welfare benefits will not be enough to get them out of a black neighborhood.

        map

        January 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      • Because the elephantine gang tells their constituents that they must work hard for piecemeal wages, while they outsource and hire illegals for pennies.

        JS

        January 31, 2016 at 11:07 am

  28. Sanders cannot win because he does not like people. If you do not understand that you do not understand even the brutally simplistic politics you were born into.

    howitzer daniel

    January 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    • Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to like people either. Maybe you could argue that Bill likes people enough for the both of them.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      January 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

      • Exactly. Some people can win without liking people, but Sanders is not one of them.

        howitzer daniel

        January 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm

  29. Sanders vs. Putin. Discuss.

    Robert

    January 29, 2016 at 3:12 am

  30. Another thing about Bernie that sucks is that he dismissed Hillary’s emails as unworthy of our attention.

    It makes me wonder whether he is a setup; to make Hillary look good.

    gothamette

    January 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm


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