When Bernie Sanders gets going, it’s hard to get him to stop. The biggest problem he has is often getting people to understand exactly what he’s really trying to say.
Between “defending” Hillary Clinton by saying that he was sick of hearing about her “damn emails” to “defending” Ben Carson, saying that the attacks on his personal record are unwarranted, the mixed message is being distorted by the press and those hearing it.
He wasn’t really defending Hillary Clinton in that he didn’t believe that her email woes are real. He was trying to say that it shouldn’t be the topic of debate, that the investigation is serious but that there’s no reason for them to waste time during their first opportunity to answer questions together. He wasn’t trying to give Clinton a pass. he was saying that the debate wasn’t the time to discuss it.
Then, there’s the situation with Carson in which Sanders has been quoted as saying that the media shouldn’t be looking into whether or not he said he got a full scholarship to West Point. He isn’t defending Carson. He’s really trying to point to his ideological differences with the GOP candidate. In other words, he thinks that if the media stopped looking at the semantics of a scholarship offer five decades ago and actually looked at the policy proposals the candidate is pushing, then he thinks Carson will get sunk much faster.
— Mark Juelich (@markjuelich) November 8, 2015
Sanders has a tendency of being on the right side of an argument without pointing to it the right way. This is just another example. It may end up hurting his chances in the long run even if he is a superior candidate to Hillary Clinton.