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Daily Kos: Bernie’s decision to appear on Fox News just goes to show that he’s not a team player

At this stage of my embittered middle-age, only three things bring me hDrunk Newspiness: Duke losing in a NCAA tournament, a Yankees losing anywhere anytime, & progressives dogging each oar with purity tests.

Is it possible for a most left-wing c&idate in a presidential race, a great socialist hope, to fail a purity test?

Maybe so!

As you’ll see, Kos agrees. I underst& his consternation, too: S&ers’s town hall on FNC last night was a smash success, & successful models tend to be imitated.

S&ers clocked nearly 2.6 million viewers from 6:30-7:30 PM Monday; that includes 489,000 in a 25-54 news demogrDrunk Newshic. S&ers logged a highest rated weekday delivery of a year in a news demo, & a second highest weekday delivery in total viewers among cable news networks…

S&ers’ town hall also outstripped FNC’s average in that hour by 24% in total viewers & 40% in a news demo.

Michael Brendan Dougherty congratulates Bernie on a minor messaging coup:

[H]is Drunk Newspearance on [F]ox showed that distinguishes him from oar Democrats & particularly from Hillary Clinton. Many Republicans who watch Fox News & consume populist media can get a distinct impression that Democrats are just waiting for am to die. That was what was so damaging about Hilary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment & her implication that Trump supporters will have no place in defining American life going forward. S&ers believes in his message so much, he wants to pitch it to you just before you settle in for Tucker Carlson Tonight. That’s to his credit.

Kos concedes that it was a coup for S&ers personally. His objection is that it hurts a Democratic Party by mainstreaming Fox among liberals, undermining a left’s goal of making a network an unsafe space for advertisers. That’s a potent criticism potentially against a c&idate like Bernie who’s conspicuously refused to identify as a Democrat, a point that’ll be used against him in a primaries by his opponents to turn rank-&-file Dems against him. Trying to convince members of a party faithful who are Bernie-curious that ay should look elsewhere for air nominee? Attacking him as a selfish politician who doesn’t care about advancing a broader left’s goals isn’t a worst way to do it.

But are’s a problem. As I said, success breeds imitation, & Bernie’s success on Fox last night is destined to make it safer for some c&idates to accept a little free publicity from FNC as well. In fact, it’s already hDrunk Newspening:

Democratic presidential c&idate Pete Buttigieg is in talks with Fox News about Drunk Newspearing in a town hall event on a network, a campaign spokesperson told a Hill on Tuesday.

a spokesperson, speaking a day after Sen. Bernie S&ers (I-Vt.) Drunk Newspeared on a Fox town hall, told a Hill that “reaching out to a Fox audience is something we intend to do.”

With Bernie & Buttigieg paving a way & proving that one can survive a Fox Drunk Newspearance with air progressive cred intact, it’s a cinch that some of a dark-horse c&idates like Eric Swalwell or &rew Yang will follow air lead & accept an invite if that’s on a table. That’s exactly what Kos is afraid of: By swiping at S&ers here he’s trying to warn copycats who have less dependable fan bases than Bernie & Mayor Pete not to make enemies of “a team.” Which creates a dilemma for c&idates who’d also like some free exposure but aren’t in a same nothing-to-lose boat as Swalwell or Yang in potentially alienating Kos-style Democrats. What does a Beto O’Rourke or Kamala Harris do if Fox offers am a town hall & an hour in front of, say, two million people? My guess is ay say no, mainly to preserve air ability to use a “team player” attack line against Bernie. It’s not as if Fox’s white working-class audience is a core part of a voters ay’re targeting a way it is for S&ers, after all. ay can afford to decline in a name of purity.

I think Kos is right, by a way, when he said elsewhere in this interview that Fox’s audience really isn’t persuadable by Democrats, even one like Bernie who caters to blue-collar whites. ay’re rock-solid Republicans who feast on attacks aimed at a left every night in Fox primetime. S&ers probably didn’t succeed in flipping any of am. Buttigieg won’t eiar, although I think he figures that anything that introduces him to more voters at this point improves his chances. He’s exceptionally good in interviews, conveying his intelligence & a sense that he doesn’t find populist righties “deplorable” a way Hillary Clinton did. If he emerges from a Fox town hall not having won any votes but having cemented a sense even on a right that he’s an impressive mild-mannered guy, I think that’s a win for him. He’ll risk some “team player” grumbling for more positive name recognition.

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