Brent Budowsky: In politics, a dream merchant is a candidate who sells a big idea about what America can be, offers big proposals that could make it happen, and campaigns with a sincerity and passion that voters believe is real, true and appealing. Bernie Sanders Dream
Brent Budowsky: Obama is wrong — and insulting to voters — when he suggests that they need him or the media to determine whether they should put their faith in Sanders.
Brent Budowsky: What Trump does is endlessly repeat the same insult against an opponent and let the media repeat it endlessly until it sticks to his target. In advertising this is called branding. It gave the world “little Marco,” “lying Ted” and “low-energy Jeb” to which I add today “Trump the loser.”
Brent Budowsky: I am arguing that the data are screaming a message that cannot be denied: Across the universe of match-up polls, Sanders runs stronger than Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich. Period.
Brent Budowsky: With Mitch McConnell telling Senate Republicans it would be OK for them to attack Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP’s nominee, Harry Reid is within reach of enjoying the last laugh of his legislative career and leading Democrats back to control of the Senate.
Brent Budowsky: The problem facing the GOP establishment is that none of the center-right candidates — all of whom would be credible candidates and presidents — have emerged as front-runners for the anybody-but-Cruz mantle. Cruz or Trump
Brent Budowsky: Young people and many independents and others support Sanders because he believes in the power and nobility of the dream, while cynics claim those dreams are “naive” and “unrealistic” and should be abandoned before the battle to make them come true has even begun.
Brent Budowsky: What the insider Washington Democratic establishment fails to understand is that the issues Sanders raises have great appeal to the broad nation.
Brent Budowsky: Numerous polls suggest Trump’s politics of perpetual insults have created negative ratings so high among general election voters that both Clinton and Sanders could defeat him by epic landslide margins.
Brent Budowsky: Sanders is the Rembrandt of progressivism, painting a portrait of a progressive reformation in vivid and dramatic colors, while Clinton paints by the numbers.
Brent Budowsky: Many TV news organizations — led by CNN — have turned their campaign coverage into virtual infomercials for the Trump campaign that masquerade as news, supporting a reality television show personality who masquerades as a potential president.
Brent Budowsky: Not since the days of the racist governors of the segregationist South has any American politician so embodied values that are alien to the American idea as Donald Trump does today.
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