Via Drudge, there was a “bizarre,” “heated” telephone exchange this morning between representatives of CBS, which is hosting tonight’s Democratic presidential debate, and one of Bernie Sanders’ top aides. CBS had representatives of all three campaigns–Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley–on the phone, discussing CBS’s plan to change the format of the debate to take into account yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris:
The dispute centered on CBS’s decision to increase the emphasis on terrorism, foreign policy, and national security in the wake of the attacks that left more than 100 people dead in Paris on Friday night. According to the rival staffer, Sanders strategist Mark Longabaugh lit into CBS vice president and Washington bureau chief Christopher Isham when the changes to the debate were detailed on the call.
“It was a little bit of a bizarre scene. The Sanders representative, you know, really laid into CBS and basically … kind of threw, like, a little bit of a fit and said, ‘You are trying to turn this into a foreign policy debate. That’s not what any of us agreed to. How can you change the terms of the debate, you know, on the day of the debate. That’s not right,’” the staffer recounted. …
“He got very hot, and there was, like, a five- or seven-minute back-and-forth, and he just wouldn’t let it go,” the staffer said, adding, “The CBS guy got annoyed enough to the point where he said, ‘Look, you know, what you’re saying makes no sense. There was a terrorist attack in Paris, and of course we have to change the way the debate is structured, and we’re not, you know, making this a foreign policy debate.”
Despite the objections from the Sanders campaign, the rival staffer said the debate will move forward with the emphasis on the attacks.
The Left has no answer for Islamic terrorism, and Bernie Sanders, like President Obama, wishes it would just go away. In the alternative, if it won’t go away, he would rather not talk about it. In foreign policy, Leftists like Sanders and Obama are at sea any time their favorite narrative does not apply, i.e., the U.S. can’t be painted as the villain.