Now the GOP is secretly working to elect Bernie Sanders

posted at 5:21 pm on January 20, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

There are obviously no depths to which the evil Republicans will not sink in the name of winning an election. Forget about vote rigging or massive advertising buys… now we’re apparently working to elect Bernie Sanders. (Yahoo News)

Some of the most powerful figures in the Republican Party are doing everything they can to help Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders…

During the debate, the Republican National Committee sent out four separate e-mails defending the Vermont senator against Hillary Clinton on issues ranging from single-payer healthcare to guns to Wall Street, as reporters noted across Twitter.

RNC is sending out a fact check defending Bernie Sanders from HRC’s attacks on single payer health care. This feels weird.— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 18, 2016

The RNC is sending reporters multiple rapid response emails defending Bernie Sanders from Clinton’s attacks. Very unusual.— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 18, 2016

To be fair, this isn’t entirely fever swamp talk here. Obviously there are people who would like to see Bernie Sanders do well in the primary for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one should be that no matter what the early head to head general election polling looks like, GOP observers are still largely confident that there’s simply no way that Bernie Sanders gets elected President. This theory is, admittedly, tempered a bit by the possibility that Hillary Clinton could be indicted by the FBI by the time the general election rolls around, making her even easier to beat, but frankly I think the odds of anyone in the Justice Department carrying through and slapping some cuffs on her under the current management are too low to consider, no matter how much evidence is presented. They just don’t prosecute their own, as we saw with both Lois Lerner and Huma Abedin.

But all of that speculation is still very premature. Jack Pitney points out some other possible advantages to having the GOP give Bernie a leg up.

“My guess is that Republican operatives know that Clinton is likely to win the nomination even if Sanders upsets her in Iowa and New Hampshire. But an extended challenge will force her to use up money too early, and nudge her farther to the left,” Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College in California, told Bloomberg News. “[A]t this stage, campaigns will grab for every advantage they can get.”

That’s about right. There’s certainly a theory that a feisty, challenging primary makes a candidate stronger, and I agree with that idea. But if she begins to honestly worry about coming out on top she may have to start burning serious resources long before they’d planned to. And while healthy competition is a positive, if Bernie starts dishing any serious dirt it will just drag her down later. Finally, we’ve seen one cycle after another where Republican contenders were driven “too far to the right” during the primary, providing ammunition for the Democrats in the general. Right now we’re seeing the parallel effect with the Democrats and Hillary is taking some stands she’ll have to own in the fall.

So is this all a secret plan to elect Bernie? No, but it’s a pretty good plan nonetheless.

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Feel it.

CivilDiscourse on January 20, 2016 at 5:24 PM

There are obviously no depths to which the evil Republicans will not sink in the name of winning an election.

I recall Thad in Mississippi…and a disgrace.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

That’s their only chance in the general election.

The Clinton’s record against republicans is incredible.

weedisgood on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Feel it.

CivilDiscourse on January 20, 2016 at 5:24 PM

You feel it..all lefties are puppets on strings.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

The Clinton’s record against republicans is incredible.

weedisgood on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Of corruption and slime? I agree.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:29 PM

no matter what the early head to head general election polling looks like

Unscrew those polls! 2012 2.0! Please carry on.

CivilDiscourse on January 20, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Works for the lefties, every time. Why not? Just for the primaries.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Hillary had best get started on picking out drapes…
Tlaloc on August 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

I can see it happening.. They would rather have Bernie and/or killery then Trump/Cruz.

dougmva on January 20, 2016 at 5:32 PM

I can see it happening.. They would rather have Bernie and/or killery then Trump/Cruz.

dougmva on January 20, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Why I don’t support the GOP.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Sanders, Clinton, Cruz… is there really any difference?

Trump/Palin 2016! Make America Great Again!

DarkCurrent on January 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Some of the most powerful figures in the Republican Party are doing everything they can to help Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders…

I heard that the Watergate break in were partly motivated by Nixon’s desire that McGovern be the Dem nominee, as Nixon knew it would then be an automatic landslide. Bring the wild nutcase socialist as the Dem nominee!

“I call Bernie Sanders a socialist-slash-communist because that’s what he is.”
-Donald Trump

anotherJoe on January 20, 2016 at 5:37 PM

anotherJoe on January 20, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Too bad Bernie is cooter free.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Last time we tried to slow Clinton down by supporting her opponent, we got 8 years of Obama.

besser tot als rot on January 20, 2016 at 5:42 PM

There are obviously no depths to which the evil Republicans will not sink in the name of winning an election.

I recall Thad in Mississippi…and a disgrace.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Jazz, in attempting to engage in hyperbole, accidentally hit the truth.

besser tot als rot on January 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

When is HotAir going to do some digging on the water situation in Flint? As usual the Dems are already calling for Gov. Snyder’s head even though Flint has been a Rat hell-hole for decades.

Brian in Titletown on January 20, 2016 at 5:44 PM

In 2008, Rush suggested Operation Chaos. Why not? Dems do it all the time.

Rix on January 20, 2016 at 5:45 PM

GOPe you should be careful about what you wish for.
you may not like the result.

conservative tarheel on January 20, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Raise your hand if you support Bernie Sanders’ socialist policies
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZMGlEhUMAAuD8B.jpg

Torcert on January 20, 2016 at 5:46 PM

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Jazz, in attempting to engage in hyperbole, accidentally hit the truth.

besser tot als rot on January 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Sho enough!
That’s one I won’t forget.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:46 PM

They’ll be regretting this in due time.

Hillary is much more beatable, due to hardened public opinion after decades in spotlight. I know plenty of Dems who would not vote for her purely out of spite. They’re the squish middle that could, in theory, break right for an establishment type or a conservative that doesn’t set off too many personal red flags.

Bernie on the other hand.. Big wins in IA and NH, and then it’s over. Get used to saying President Sanders.

TylerMichaels on January 20, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Rix on January 20, 2016 at 5:45 PM

We got the lame PUMA movement.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Whatever it takes to stop Killary, let it be done. The enemy of our enemy might be our temporary friend.

But if some Republicans are campaigning for Sanders in New Hampshire, for whom will they vote in the primary? Hopefully for somebody who can beat Killary in the general election, and not tRump or Kasich!

Steve Z on January 20, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Small crowd

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2016 at 5:48 PM

conservative tarheel on January 20, 2016 at 5:46 PM

The GOP own house is on fire.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 5:50 PM

That’s their only chance in the general election.

The Clinton’s record against republicans is incredible.

weedisgood on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

You mean those two elections where Bill failed to win 50% of the popular vote?

Or the one Senate race Hillary won in the most liberal state in the country?

rockmom on January 20, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Last time we tried to slow Clinton down by supporting her opponent, we got 8 years of Obama.

besser tot als rot on January 20, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Prezactly.

CivilDiscourse on January 20, 2016 at 5:51 PM

They’ll be regretting this in due time.

Hillary is much more beatable, due to hardened public opinion after decades in spotlight. I know plenty of Dems who would not vote for her purely out of spite. They’re the squish middle that could, in theory, break right for an establishment type or a conservative that doesn’t set off too many personal red flags.

Bernie on the other hand.. Big wins in IA and NH, and then it’s over. Get used to saying President Sanders.

TylerMichaels on January 20, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Bernie isn’t going to win and the RNC isn’t trying to make that happen.

They’re trying to piss off Sanders’ voters so they will stay home when Hillary wins the nom.

rockmom on January 20, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Be careful what you wish for. Obama won twice as a socialist.

Americans deserve what they get.

Valiant on January 20, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Nervous Clinton Backers Prepare To Call Bernie Sanders AN UNELECTABLE SOCIALIST https://shar.es/1hrjy6 via @gatewaypundit

Versus #Comrade Clinton, the Electable Socialist..

Torcert on January 20, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Be careful what you wish for. Obama won twice as a socialist.

Americans deserve what they get.

Valiant on January 20, 2016 at 5:56 PM

No he didn’t.

He won by being the cool dude who had a neat logo and website, and by telling young women that Republicans wanted to ban tampons.

rockmom on January 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Now the GOP is secretly working to elect Bernie Sanders

Well they’ve given up on having any influence in their own nomination process…

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

… GOP observers are still largely confident that there’s simply no way that Bernie Sanders Donald Trump gets elected President.

Eerily similar.

If the GOPe spent as much energy satisfying their constituency as they do on keeping people from being elected / supporting opponents, they could possibly have a candidate that could win straight up.

But as usual, the political pundits are all too clever by half.

Oxymoron on January 20, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Clinton/ Sanders 2016

they’ve got everything in commie, er common

Senator Philip Bluster on January 20, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Well they’ve given up on having any influence in their own nomination process…

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Did you see the latest NH poll, Tlaloc?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Ah yes, the false narrative right out of the gate…

Can you Comrades on the national Socialist Left ever be intellectually honest?

Torcert on January 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM

The Clinton’s record against republicans is incredible.

weedisgood on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Just like my record in the Superbowl is incredible. I’ve never lost.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Better the senile commie than the Chappaqua psychopath?

viking01 on January 20, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Did you see the latest NH poll, Tlaloc?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:13 PM

depends on which one you mean. If you mean the one showing bernie up 66-30 then yes I saw it and I saw the polls after it that help cement that it was an outlier.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Ah yes, the false narrative right out of the gate…

Can you Comrades on the national Socialist Left ever be intellectually honest?

Torcert on January 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Lighten up, Francis. It was a joke.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

CNN: Sanders trounces Clinton in New Hampshire 60-33

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:16 PM

http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-new-hampshire-presidential-democratic-primary

You need to learn not to glom onto polls that tell you what you want to hear and instead look at aggregates.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:21 PM

In other news: Socialists prefer Socialists.

Magicjava on January 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM

depends on which one you mean. If you mean the one showing bernie up 66-30 then yes I saw it and I saw the polls after it that help cement that it was an outlier.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Really? Because RCP has Sanders up 13.

Just FYI.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM

The Clinton’s record against women is incredible.

Cheech Wizard on January 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

F-IXED.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Really? Because RCP has Sanders up 13.

Just FYI.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM

So now I have to ask if you are capable of doing the following math:

13 _ 27 (choose 1 of , or =)

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Too bad it was stillborn.

Torcert on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

You need to learn not to glom onto polls that tell you what you want to hear and instead look at aggregates.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:21 PM

See above. All polls on RCP now have Sanders up for NH.

Link

Thoughts?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

like this slimeball…

Ever wonder why the federal government would be sending hundreds of foreign refugees to a relatively small town in Idaho?

Wonder no more.

They’re sent there, many of them, to work in the world’s largest yogurt factory.

As WND previously reported, Twin Falls is in line to receive about 300 refugees this year, many of them Muslims from Syria. And the state of Idaho, despite its reputation as a mostly white, conservative farm state, has been a popular destination for refugees in recent years.

Boise Mayor David Bieter has gone on record as a huge supporter of President Obama’s welcoming initiative for immigrants and refugees, writing in a blog post that, for his city, “diversity isn’t a buzzword. It’s our birthright.”

The U.S. State Department has shipped more than 11,000 refugees directly from the Third World to Idaho since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Just in the past year, 989 refugees have arrived in the rural state, most of them landing in either Boise or Twin Falls. Nearly half have come from some of the world’s nastiest jihadist hot zones, including 95 from Iraq, 94 from Somalia, 47 from Sudan, 39 from Afghanistan, 31 from Iran, 28 from Syria and 11 from Pakistan, according to the federal refugee database.

But despite growing protests by local residents against the refugee arrivals, the Twin Falls area can count on being a prime spot for refugees for years to come, thanks to one man’s rising business enterprise.

That man is Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish Muslim and immigrant from Turkey who created the billion-dollar U.S.-based Chobani yogurt empire.

Ulukaya opened the world’s largest yogurt factory in Twin Falls about two years ago and the plant now employs 600 people with about 30 percent of those jobs filled by foreign refugees shipped here from United Nations camps in the Middle East and Africa.

But now Ulukaya is upping the ante.

Taking his message to a bigger stage

At the World Economic Forum meeting this weekend in Davos, Switzerland, he will call on other CEOs to join his campaign to throw corporate cash, lobbying initiatives, services and jobs to refugees.

Six companies have already taken him up on the idea. Ikea, MasterCard, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Western Union and UPS have all agreed to hire more refugees or provide free services to them.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 20, 2016 at 6:25 PM

CNN/WMUR 1/13 – 1/18 420 LV 60 33 1 Sanders +27
ARG 1/15 – 1/18 600 LV 49 43 3 Sanders +6
Gravis 1/15 – 1/18 472 LV 46 43 2 Sanders +3
Monmouth 1/7 – 1/10 413 LV 53 39 5 Sanders +14
FOX News 1/4 – 1/7 386 LV 50 37 3 Sanders +13

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Killary will win but it will be nice to see her lose right outta the gate.
Nice smack in the face. Maybe she’ll cry in NH like in 08.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM

depends on which one you mean. If you mean the one showing bernie up 66-30 then yes I saw it and I saw the polls after it that help cement that it was an outlier.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Really? Because RCP has Sanders up 13.

Just FYI.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Kenny relies on some British sports betting site for his “poll” info, along with the Huffington Post, which uses multiple online “polls”, none of which are worth the bandwidth they are consuming. Even “real” pollster John Zogby has repeatedly admitted that online “polls” are garbage (even though that doesn’t stop him from using them in his “polling” too).

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM

The left has gone extreme-
Some old school seniors in my family either arent voting
or voting Trump. There’s no where for them to go.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Some poll averages for NH:

RCP: Sanders +13
HuffPo: Sanders +8
538: Sanders +11

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:31 PM

See above. All polls on RCP now have Sanders up for NH.

Link

Thoughts?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Indeed, and on pollster. Wait, I think I may have posted this before:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/bernie-sanders-could-win-iowa-and-new-hampshire-then-lose-everywhere-else/

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Cement?

The Clintoons are now making shoes of that to use in Fort Marcy Park?

Yeah, the Potomac runs along one side of it near Chain Bridge… maybe so?

viking01 on January 20, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Indeed, and on pollster. Wait, I think I may have posted this before:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/bernie-sanders-could-win-iowa-and-new-hampshire-then-lose-everywhere-else/

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:31 PM

I posted 3 polling averages, which consist of several polls.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Tlafloc in denial?

Or maybe he agrees with Palin

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:37 PM

She’ll win SC when she pulls out her southern accent
and eats some fried chicken.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

I posted 3 polling averages, which consist of several polls.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Are you paying any attention? I have no problem with the aggregates. I pointed out the one poll you kept trying to promote is an outlier.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Tlafloc in denial?

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Denial of what exactly?

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Denial of what exactly?

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Like most lefty’s- reality

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Tlaloc do you have a southern accent hidden away
and used for special occasions? Like the Hag you worship?

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Are you paying any attention? I have no problem with the aggregates. I pointed out the one poll you kept trying to promote is an outlier.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

And I am pointing out your point is completely irrelevant as the averages still have Sanders winning New Hampshire.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Now why does this not surprise me? And the GOPe wonder what the Hell is wrong with their base?

ghostwalker1 on January 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Don’t accept any offers of a drink from Killary… Okay, Crazy Uncle Bernie?

The Butcher of Benghazi will be more shrill and dissolute the way the polls and debates are going…

viking01 on January 20, 2016 at 6:50 PM

And I am pointing out your point is completely irrelevant as the averages still have Sanders winning New Hampshire.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Then you’re an idiot. But that doesn’t shock me. You still should learn to stop seizing onto polls you like an treating them as gospel and instead learn to rely on aggregates.

Yes, Sanders is winning in NH in the aggregates but
A) there’s a huge difference between winning by 8 vs winning by almost 30, and
B) As I’ve shown you oh so many times the idea that Sanders might win NH has been around for almost a year now and still doesn’t mater unless Sanders manages to actually extend past NH and IA which so far he’s just not done.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Then you’re an idiot. But that doesn’t shock me. You still should learn to stop seizing onto polls you like an treating them as gospel and instead learn to rely on aggregates.

Yes, Sanders is winning in NH in the aggregates but
A) there’s a huge difference between winning by 8 vs winning by almost 30, and
B) As I’ve shown you oh so many times the idea that Sanders might win NH has been around for almost a year now and still doesn’t mater unless Sanders manages to actually extend past NH and IA which so far he’s just not done.

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM

To repeat, I quoted you 3 different prominent aggregates, including the one you provided.

I’m not understanding the fact you cannot understand that, nor your hostility towards me. I’m just the messenger, Tlaloc.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

To repeat, I quoted you 3 different prominent aggregates, including the one you provided.

I’m not understanding the fact you cannot understand that, nor your hostility towards me. I’m just the messenger, Tlaloc.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Can you really be the messenger when it’s my message? The issue is despite apparently knowing that the aggregates exist and show the NH poll was an outlier you were pushing the poll just oh, 44 minutes ago (Whoops!)

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 7:05 PM

The most obvious one should be that no matter what the early head to head general election polling looks like, GOP observers are still largely confident that there’s simply no way that Bernie Sanders gets elected President.

Let me guess. Because he is a democratic socialist?

Well the ODS right in 2007 claimed Barack Obama was by far the most far left liberal socialist marxist communist in the Senate. Last time I checked, Bernie Sanders was in the Senate at the time. And he was elected twice. So what makes you think Bernie can’t get elected? And on top of that he’s not a Kenyan Muslim.

Let’s face it, your Obama Derangement Syndrome over the years has watered down and killed all meaning of any words you can throw at Bernie. So if a true democratic socialist gets elected, you can thank yourselves. :-)

proverbs427 on January 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Trump vs Sanders – Stupid vs Stupid

Tater Salad on January 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Can you really be the messenger when it’s my message? The issue is despite apparently knowing that the aggregates exist and show the NH poll was an outlier you were pushing the poll just oh, 44 minutes ago (Whoops!)

Tlaloc on January 20, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Your message is that Sanders is going to lose New Hampshire, correct?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM

She’ll win SC when she pulls out her southern accent
and eats some fried chicken.

bazil9 on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

While dodging snipe fire

307wolverine on January 20, 2016 at 8:16 PM