What Bernie might have said: After posting our last award-winning post, we turned straight to this new post by Kevin Drum. It's called, A Note on the Perils of Caricature.
On the one hand, we agree with every word Drum said. On the other hand, his graphic verges on what we were talking about in our own last award-winning post.
Drum starts with an exchange from tonight's All In program. Chris Hayes and Bernie Sanders have taped a program in McDowell County, West Virginia. At one point, this exchange occurs:
LOCAL WOMAN: I think a lot of people think we're just a bunch of hillbilly rednecks.Below, we'll suggest a better response. First, though, we'll suggest that you go to Drum's post and see what he said.
SANDERS: I don't think that.
We agree with every word he said. We think his analysis is very sensible, very much on point.
That said, take a look at the graphic he constructed. It characterizes the most "extreme" red and blue voters in terms of one variable. But uh-oh:
It characterizes their most "extreme" voters in an extremely critical way. It characterizes our most "extreme" voters in a morally neutral way.
Liberals, we're just saying! We liberals sometimes tend to be like that!
As for the exchange we posted above, we'll now suggest a better answer by Sanders. For ourselves, we would have stood and cheered had he offered this:
LOCAL WOMAN: I think a lot of people think we're just a bunch of hillbilly rednecks.Trust us. Our suggested answer would be remembered much, much longer.
SANDERS: I agree with you. I think a lot of people who may be right about other things do have an attitude like that.
I think their attitude is wrong. I don't think like that.
It's a basic part of comedy training: Tell the truth about whatever it is that just occurred in the room.
Go ahead—cop to the truth. Everybody else in the room already knows it's true!