Daily Clips: October 1st, 2015

Bernie Sanders raises $24 million, exceeding Obama’s 2008 pace: The appetite for a politician who exclusively talks about the realities facing Americans was always strong going in to this election cycle. But even the most ardent Bernie supporter couldn’t have foreseen the excitement and firepower that Sanders’ campaign is generating.

I will say that it is somewhat misleading to compare Bernie’s 2016 online haul to Obama’s 2008 effort, seeing as Facebook was nowhere near as ubiquitous. For example, in 2008 there were only 145 million monthly users on Facebook and in 2015 there were 1.5 billion. That represents a slight bump in social media use. Nonetheless, what Bernie Sanders is doing in this election is very surprising and very inspiring.

Kevin McCarthy’s truthful gaffe on Benghazi: For those of you who haven’t heard, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted (on live television) that the Benghazi circus was nothing but a plot to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. How shocking. He explained:

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.

Jeb Bush is not the “smart Bush”: I wrote about Jeb!’s most recent racist gaffe, but here is an excellent fisking of his ridiculous statement about the Redskins name.

“400 families have given half the money in this election cycle so far. That’s not American democracy. That’s banana republic democracy.” 

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.