Is Hillary Clinton really worried about Bernie Sanders all of a sudden?

posted at 2:01 pm on January 10, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

While much of the ongoing evaluation of the Democrat primary remains both hypothetical and anecdotal until we start counting some votes, I can say with 100% certainty that Bernie Sanders has two big fans in my household. One is my wife, a Democrat who really likes Bernie for the next president and despises Hillary Clinton to the point where she suggested one evening (after a glass of brandy) that she might even vote for Trump over the former First Lady. The other, of course, is me. I still have to believe that running an avowed socialist on the Democrat ticket would be essentially an unbeatable plan for electing any of the Republicans currently under consideration. But thus far I’ve never really believed that Bernie would get within smelling distance of the nomination and, as far as I can tell, neither did Hillary Clinton.

Oh, she talked a good game to be sure and sent out her surrogates to all the talk shows, proclaiming that they respected Sanders and expected a tough battle, but nobody in Clintonland seriously thought Bernie was going anywhere. So has that changed? If you listen to Liz Kreutz at ABC News, they’d certainly like you to think so.

The most blatant sign came earlier this week when Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook sent a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line “nervous.”

“There’s a situation developing in Iowa and New Hampshire that could change the course of this election,” Mook wrote in the e-mail, noting that Sanders’ campaign is outspending Clinton in TV ads in the two early states.

Two days later, the campaign sent another fundraising email mentioning the “(seriously!) tight” polls in New Hampshire.

Mildly alarming your donor base in an effort to squeeze out a few more dollars is nothing new in politics at any level, so those sorts of missives don’t give much of an indicator in my opinion. But I did perk up my ears (at least a little) when I heard a recording of Clinton herself calling in to one of the MSNBC evening gab festivals. (CNN)

For months, Clinton’s campaign declined to get into regular exchanges with Sanders and his aides. Clinton herself waited months to even say his name on the campaign trail. The offensive stance was on full display on Friday night, when Clinton and her aides let loose on Sanders on guns.

“When it really mattered, Senator Sanders voted with the gun lobby and I voted against the gun lobby,” Clinton said, taking the unusual step of calling into MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

She accused Sanders of saying one thing and doing another and called on him to “introduce legislation to repeal the immunity that was given to gun makers and sellers.”

So does that make it real? Is Hillary Clinton really starting to hear footsteps behind her and doubting that the Democrat base will send her into the general election? Sorry, but I’m still not buying it. The Clinton machine has been at this game for a very long time, and while not always successful, they know how all of this works. Sending a few signals to keep her donors and base voters on their toes is actually fairly typical. Yes, the polls indicate that she’s in a very tight race in both Iowa and New Hampshire, but that’s all. There was a time (pre-internet) when most folks had little idea what direction a race was taking until the first two states voted and a surprise winner coming out of either of them (or both) could translate into a huge swing in the standings. As far as I can tell, those days are pretty much over. The entire country gets CNN, MSNBC and Fox, as well as having online access to the major newspapers and the campaigns themselves. Voters are settling on their candidates everywhere, not just waiting to see what happens in Boise or Nashua. Bernie is doing well in those two states because he’s essentially lived there and flushed all of his money into them. Once you leave New Hampshire, Bernie is nowhere to be seen in the polls and Clinton absolutely knows that. One or two early losses would be embarrassing, but it’s nothing she can’t overcome with a big string of wins in the following few weeks.

If Hillary Clinton is worried about anyone these days, it’s not Bernie Sanders. It’s an as yet unnamed person from the FBI who might be knocking on the door asking her about the magical, disappearing document classification headers revealed in her emails. She’s busy claiming that there’s no there there, but it’s as unlikely of an explanation as could be imagined. If anything is going to change this race it would be a sudden arrest, not that I find it likely to happen with Obama’s people in charge of the Department of Justice. Yet it does leave us with one interesting exit question today: if you win the election but the inauguration is scheduled for a day when you’re in prison, do they let you out for the ceremony or does John Roberts need to go down to the jail to swear you in?

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Hillary has a lot to worry about

Worrying about worrying is even bad for her

A clot might break loose and that will be that!

:)

BigSven on January 10, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Yes, the polls indicate that she’s in a very tight race in both Iowa and New Hampshire, but that’s all.

538 said it better 7 months ago:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/bernie-sanders-could-win-iowa-and-new-hampshire-then-lose-everywhere-else/

Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:06 PM

She should be worried about prison.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:09 PM

If Hillary Clinton is worried about anyone these days, it’s not Bernie Sanders. It’s an as yet unnamed person from the FBI who might be knocking on the door asking her about the magical, disappearing document classification headers revealed in her emails. She’s busy claiming that there’s no there there, but it’s as unlikely of an explanation as could be imagined.

I think bernie’s a much bigger threat than that hypothetical. But both are overshadowed by the possibility of her being hit by lightning three times and then the ambulance being crushed by a meteor engraved with alien writing.

So you know, watch out for cloudy skies, Hill!

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Meanwhile Arthur Laffer finishes his transformation to disgraced clown by proclaiming any GOP candidate is likely to win 45+ states in 2016.

Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM

She should be worried about prison.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Gonna charge her with foster’s murder huh?

Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Yes, the polls indicate that she’s in a very tight race in both Iowa and New Hampshire, but that’s all.
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posted at 2:01 pm on January 10, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

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538 said it better 7 months ago:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/bernie-sanders-could-win-iowa-and-new-hampshire-then-lose-everywhere-else/
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Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:06 PM

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As long as she’s got the SUPER DELEGATES on her side, why worry about Bernie?

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:17 PM

She should be worried about prison.
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listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:09 PM

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Gonna charge her with foster’s murder huh?
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Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:11 PM

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Either Barbara Olsten’s book “Hell To Pay”, or Gary Aldrich’s book “Unlimited Access” (I can’t remember which one) mentioned strong evidence that she was most certainly not a participant in that, and in fact was very distraught when informed of Foster’s death.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM

If Bernie should win Iowa and NH, that should give him momentum going forward. Especially since the talking point for months now has been how “inevitable” Hillary is.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are in a statistical tie in both Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll.

The polls, which both had a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent, showed that Clinton had 48 percent among likely Iowa caucus-goers, compared to Sanders’ 45 percent and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 5 percent. In New Hampshire, however, the poll found Sanders had 50 percent among likely primary voters, compared to Clinton’s 46 percent and O’Malley’s 1 percent.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-neck-neck-hampshire-iowa/story?id=36196183

cat_owner on January 10, 2016 at 2:28 PM

If Hillary Clinton is worried about anyone these days, it’s not Bernie Sanders. It’s an as yet unnamed person from the FBI who might be knocking on the door asking her about the magical, disappearing document classification headers revealed in her emails. She’s busy claiming that there’s no there there, but it’s as unlikely of an explanation as could be imagined.
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posted at 2:01 pm on January 10, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

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I think bernie’s a much bigger threat than that hypothetical. But both are overshadowed by the possibility of her being hit by lightning three times and then the ambulance being crushed by a meteor engraved with alien writing.
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Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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Nooo … I think the “unnamed person from the FBI who might be knocking on the door asking her about the magical, disappearing document classification headers revealed in her emails” is the greater likelihood.
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Meanwhile Arthur Laffer finishes his transformation to disgraced clown by proclaiming any GOP candidate is likely to win 45+ states in 2016.
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Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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I can’t disagree, as 45+ states is really pushing it, but I could go with 35.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Tialoc, tell me when you grow up and actually think for yourself.

So sadly pathetic.

CWforFreedom on January 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Hillary is busy trying to figure out how to bow out of the race once the email scandal indictments come down…

albill on January 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Bernie doesn’t plan on winning. If he did he would attack Hillary and not defend her. Sham.

CWforFreedom on January 10, 2016 at 2:32 PM

I would not be surprised if after wrapping up the nomination Hillary suddenly announced she was dropping out due to health reasons. Then Joe Biden gets drafted to be the nominee.

myiq2xu on January 10, 2016 at 2:35 PM

She is already picking out the drapes.

Hahaha. Trump is going to dismember her.

SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Benghazi and the server gate fiasco have effectively jammed a soggy cigar up her hole.

SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM

I dunno… seems to me Hillbenghazry has a few other things darkening her doorway.
When you’ve lost Woodward…
When you claim “Trump Bringing Up Lewinsky an Attempt to ‘Rip Away Progress Women Have Made’” and don’t fess up to your own handy work
Bernie may not have to work so hard dethroning the wretch.

31giddyup on January 10, 2016 at 2:40 PM

She’s got the FBI nipping at one cankle and Bern nipping at the other. This could cause some serious stress on her fragile health situation.

Kissmygrits on January 10, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Hillary is busy trying to figure out how to bow out of the race once the email scandal indictments come down…
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albill on January 10, 2016 at 2:31 PM

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I tend to believe that, as well.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Bernie doesn’t plan on winning. If he did he would attack Hillary and not defend her. Sham.

Bernie understands Dem voters. They all know she’s guilty, they just don’t care.

PackerBronco on January 10, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Obama has a phone and a pen. Hillary should be using the phone in the pen.

DrDeleon on January 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Benghazi and the server gate fiasco have effectively jammed a soggy cigar up her hole.
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SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM

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Dammit, SpongePuppy … now I gotta get up outta my chair, and go look for the ‘brain bleach.’

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Yet it does leave us with one interesting exit question today: if you win the election but the inauguration is scheduled for a day when you’re in prison, do they let you out for the ceremony or does John Roberts need to go down to the jail to swear you in?

Hmmm. That’s certainly a nightmare scenario to consider!

How about this one: Is President Obama going to ‘pardon’ Hillary Clinton before the election or just before he leaves office?

UPNorthWolf on January 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Whatever… she’s not worried. She’s set for life no matter what.

MT on January 10, 2016 at 2:49 PM

So, if she wins the WH, I assume her security clearance level is top of the line, correct?

butch on January 10, 2016 at 2:50 PM

tiaioc

Heh, you desperately want to cling to the past instead of denying today’s reality.

blink on January 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Ti, Tya, Tyeah eeyock. Tyeaheeock.
How the hell M’I posed to pronounce this crap? I busted my tongue again you dink!

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 2:54 PM

PackerBronco has it scoped out above. They do not care about her crimes or Bill’s sex predator escapades. The only thing that will stop her is an indictment, and even then, she will not stop. But, would a Democrat party be willing to go into the general election with an inducted candidate?

Techster64 on January 10, 2016 at 2:55 PM

More importantly, where is V7_Shoe??? And did BSchumer get your room ready?

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Benghazi and the server gate fiasco have effectively jammed a soggy cigar up her hole.
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SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM

SP!

bazil9 on January 10, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Voters are settling on their candidates everywhere, not just waiting to see what happens in Boise or Nashua.

Umm, last time I checked, Boise in in Idaho, not Iowa. :)

Gator Country on January 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Hillary is not going to be indicted for the email stuff and Bernie is not going to win the nomination, Anyone who thinks otherwiese is living in the same la-la-land with Tlaloc.

Walter L. Newton on January 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM

listens2glenn on January 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

sorry l2g.

B9 stole my password.

SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Whatever… she’s not worried. She’s set for life no matter what.

MT on January 10, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Yeah she will probably get life in the federal pen

But will have 3 hots and a cot

What’s to worry about?

BigSven on January 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM

More importantly, where is V7_Shoe??? And did BSchumer get your room ready?

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 2:56 PM

hey bud,

Thats TDS Schumer

SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM

B9 stole my password.

SpongePuppy on January 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM

No Flan for you!
LOL-I can be vulgar but even I have my limits. lg2 is not fooled.

bazil9 on January 10, 2016 at 3:10 PM

The only reason Hillary is in trouble in IA and NH is because these are two of the least representative states in the Democrat primary; there are very, very few minorities in either state but of course, the Democrat primary electorate is generally very heavily minority.

When the voting moves to more diverse states, like South Carolina where Hillary’s lead is much larger, she’ll be fine.

For whatever reason, minorities don’t like Bernie.

Atlantian on January 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM

The Clinton machine has been at this game for a very long time, and while not always successful, they know how all of this works.

Maybe too long. Remember she was inevitable in 2008 and look at what happened there.

Johnnyreb on January 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM

I agree with Walter- Hillary will get away scott free and she will be the nominee.

bazil9 on January 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM

“Boise” ????
Where did that come from? Are you sure of the difference between Iowa and Idaho Jazz? Fourth grade geography.

mjzman on January 10, 2016 at 3:16 PM

For whatever reason, minorities don’t like Bernie.

Atlantian on January 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Since there’s not much difference between them and their stated goals, the only reason, assuming that pans out, is the fact that minorities are more easily led by familiarity.

If one stops to think, every parasite, without exception, invariably votes democrat. To a thinking man, that would be a yuge red flag. Personally, I would not want to associate with that kind of mindset.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:19 PM

…is the fact that minorities are more easily led by familiarity.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:19 PM

It could be that, or there could be a less charitable explanation; minorities, particularly African American, don’t particularly care for Jews.

Atlantian on January 10, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Meanwhile Arthur Laffer finishes his transformation to disgraced clown by proclaiming any GOP candidate is likely to win 45+ states in 2016.

Tlaloc on January 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Says a notable expert on disgraced clowns.

Rix on January 10, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Tlaloc on January 10, 2016

…oh look!…mom turned the power back on…in the basement!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Whatever… she’s not worried. She’s set for life no matter what.

MT on January 10, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Without parole.

Rix on January 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

It could be that, or there could be a less charitable explanation; minorities, particularly African American, don’t particularly care for Jews.

Atlantian on January 10, 2016 at 3:22 PM

I never considered that. But to your average streetcorner jagoff who has ballotbox access, does Sanders sound Jewish to you? When I hear “Sanders”, the first thing I think of is Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. But it may be that Sick Willie played that “I love blacks” card so much in the past (even though he really didn’t), they associate her with him more easily. Even the younger ones who have had “lore” handed down to them by democrat-votin’ mommies & baby-daddies.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:37 PM

* wasn’t implying you were a “streetcorner jagoff”.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:39 PM

I never considered that. But to your average streetcorner jagoff who has ballotbox access, does Sanders sound Jewish to you? When I hear “Sanders”, the first thing I think of is Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. But it may be that Sick Willie played that “I love blacks” card so much in the past (even though he really didn’t), they associate her with him more easily. Even the younger ones who have had “lore” handed down to them by democrat-votin’ mommies & baby-daddies.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:37 PM

The urban ghetto votes as their pastors say, and those still love ol’ BJ. Moreover, many of the minorities don’t vote at all, which means precinct observers – read “political operatives” – get to vote for them.

Rix on January 10, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Bernie is gaining from Trump’s attacks on Hillary.

avi natan on January 10, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Hillary isn’t going to jail, or even another “hearing”. Her status as the Democratic female leader puts her above the law, just like Obama as the first partly-black President. Stop kidding yourselves. The playing field is tilted and the massive liberal government machine is rigged.

MT on January 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

does Sanders sound Jewish to you?

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcaFos-2A94

VegasRick on January 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcaFos-2A94

VegasRick on January 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM

He has a wussified NY accent. Yeah, some attribute that to Jews. But the actor, Alan Garfield has the quintessential NY whiny Jew voice. And he’s no Jew as far as I know.

But this one is better

https://youtu.be/z8Q-sRdV7SY

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 4:06 PM

if you win the election but the inauguration is scheduled for a day when you’re in prison, do they let you out for the ceremony or does John Roberts need to go down to the jail to swear you in?

This is obvious.

John Roberts has to go down to the jail to swear you in. Then you pardon yourself and get out of jail.

Sackett on January 10, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Trump: I would DREAM of running against Bernie Sanders

fossten on January 10, 2016 at 4:28 PM

does Sanders sound Jewish to you?

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 3:37 PM

He reminds me of Larry David.

fossten on January 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM

He reminds me of Larry David.

fossten on January 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM

He does at that. But I didn’t know that Sanders was a Jew until someone told me. Schumer? You betcha. Sanders? Sounds British.

Judge_Dredd on January 10, 2016 at 4:38 PM

I think Hillary’s position on opposing immunity for gun manufacturers is more risky than perhaps people think. The whole point is to deny the public firearms by bankrupting the makers and dealers with suits that attribute any cost of getting shot to the gunmakers. People understand that is aimed at circumventing the 2nd amendment rather than applying justice. People may want background checks but they want access to firearms for their protection. Potential Hillary voters in dangerous neighborhoods in big cities can be given 2nd thoughts if you point out her program is to:

1. Release lots of criminals from prison.
2. Intimidate police by backing Black Lives Matters’ harrassment of them.
3. Disarming the public by bankrupting the firearm suppliers and makers.

This is a great program for criminals but not for the average citizen.

KW64 on January 10, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Hillary has a big advantage when they move out of these small, boutique states. Then she starts grinding Sanders down in all the populous states. Remember, Hillary actually got more total votes than Obama in 2008. I don’t see Sanders beating Hillary, but if he does, he can win the general. Sure he’s supposedly a Socialist but that’s the same as a Democrat these days.

cimbri on January 10, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Iowa and New Hampshire may not alone swing the election heavilly to Bernie Sanders if he wins both…. But, the Democratic Party Primary does not operate like the Republican one. Hotair Writers consistently forget how kuch of an impact that Superdelegates make versus the primary states, not to mention the porportionality of many states Bernie may do well in but lose.

Varchild on January 10, 2016 at 6:08 PM

I love that pull my finger! screencap of Bernie.

Dolce Far Niente on January 10, 2016 at 6:09 PM

On the Republican side, the GOPe has usually been able to manipulate the primaries from a distance to get their safe losers for decades. That is not working now, and they are at a loss; not being used to the more blatant means of forcing the nominee that they want. As a result, it is theoretically possible that they will get someone who is not a machine endorsed loser. Which means that they will have to support [and are saying they will support] the Democrat.

The Democrats, on the other hand, have no problem with doing anything to get the nominee that the machine wants. Hillary has no worries on that score UNLESS Obama decides he wants Hillary out. In which case it does not matter what Democrat voters want.

see: “Democratic Centralism”. It is a Leninist doctrine, but has been part of the Democrat party for generations.

Subotai Bahadur on January 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM

It strikes me as odd that Bill would enter the picture so early. Shouldn’t the “big guns” be saved until the final weeks of the general election when a sudden rush of Bill-Mania would sweep in any reluctant Democratic voters?

I do wonder if his early arrival means that there are real concerns about Sanders. Perhaps not that he could actually snatch the nomination from Hillary, but that he could grind down the Clinton campaign with a protracted nomination fight and force Hillary to show more of herself, thus turning off even dedicated Democrats. Is there concern for Hillary’s health and the campaign is trying to save her strength for the general election?

Hillary cannot just squeak by in getting the nomination. She has to obliterate Sanders as early as possible. She needs to be able to project the image of an unstoppable juggernaut as she rolls into the general election. She needs room to pretend to tack to the center while the Republicans are still fighting among themselves.

bartbeast on January 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Jazz, agree with your analysis, but note that Boise is in Idaho, not Iowa.

Elmer Stoup on January 11, 2016 at 12:07 AM

One is my wife, a Democrat who really likes Bernie for the next president and despises Hillary Clinton to the point where she suggested one evening (after a glass of brandy) that she might even vote for Trump over the former First Lady.

I know electioneering outside a polling place is illegal on election day, but I wonder if we can legally organize a nationwide program to provide all Democrat voters with a glass of brandy before they go in to vote? LOL

s1im on January 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM