The Village Times

Village Citation: The Bernie Bashers


Bernie Sanders bashers


(Left to right) Bernie Sanders, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt and New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait.


Issued: February 2016 Village Citation


Statement: Bernie Sanders has shown extreme gall in trying to steal the spotlight from Hillary Rodham Clinton, our choice for president in 2016. It's high time we closed ranks, flexed our muscles and put the senator from Vermont back in his place, That's why we're choosing to commend several Villagers for their fine efforts in this regard. These Villagers have established the following talking points that serve as a convenient template for more anti-Bernie stories in the coming days and weeks.


1. Bernie Sanders is unelectable. See "Democrats would be insane to nominate Bernie Sanders," Dana Millbank, Washington Post, 1/26/16. Hammer home the point that the Republicans will "disembowel" Bernie, while dismissing or ignoring polls that show him doing better than Hillary against Republicans.


2. Bernie Sanders' desire for better things is naive and idealistic. See "The Case Against Bernie Sanders," Jon Chait, New York Magazine, 1/18/16. Everyone knows, politics in the real world works by having centrist Democrats make repeated concessions to conservative Republicans.


3. Even if he wins, Bernie Sanders will get nothing through Congress. See "What Bernie Sanders Doesn't Understand About American Politics," Jon Chait, New York Magazine, 1/27/16.


4. Bernie Sanders' followers are a bunch of entitled, women-hating males known as "Bernie Bros." See "Health Wonks and Bernie Bros," Paul Krugman, New York Times, 1/27/16. Note: this gambit requires ignoring polls that show significant support for Bernie among younger women.


5. Bernie's followers are mean on Twitter. See Emily Nussbaum, New Yorker TV critic. Caution: this tactic may necessitate some cherry-picking.


Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Remember: Hillary Clinton may not be the leader our country needs, but she is the one our clients will tolerate.