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Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders “Nobody Likes Him”

Hillary Clinton has sparked a response by all sides, focusing on the’ liability’ of today’s Democrat leader Bernie Sanders.

Clinton, one of America’s most disliked presidential candidates, described her former rider as unlike and ineffective.

Reporter Clinton stated in an interview with Hollywood that “Nobody wants to work with him” in the Senate.

TR reports: while Sanders and Russia, former FBI director James Comey, WikiLeaks, actress Susan Sarandon, and dozens of other organizations long blame for their electoral loss in 2016, Tuesday’s assault is on the heels of several polls placing Sanders at the forefront of the 2020 major demographics pack.

Controversially enough, Clinton said at least in the antichrist-like faction that Trump has taken on supernatural characteristics, she would not commit herself to endorsing Sanders when he was chosen to face President Donald Trump at the 2020 general election. “I won’t go there yet” she said in answer to questions about whether she’d’ vote blue no importe qui,’ after eviscerating her former Senate colleague as “career politician,” who had “gotten nothing done.” Clinton made a point of pursuing followers of the Senator of Vermont–denouncing his “online Bernie Bros.”
If she recalled the plan of her long-standing strategist David Brock in 2016 to send legions of paid’ Barrier Breakers’ to target supporters of Sanders in social media, or just hope the reader had overlooked this hideous episode, was not quite obvious. However, the Sanders campaign was never accused of paying bots to discredit the rivals of the Senator.

Clinton repeated Senator Elizabeth Warren’s far-away assertion, even while attacking the Sanders campaign as a divisive, that Sanders said a woman couldn’t be president. Warren was crying out before the recent Democratic debate that shook out the unprecedented harmony between the two candidates when she all but called him a liar to his face on national television. Clinton told the nation that she won the popular vote against Trump, a familiar line which Sanders himself used to defend against the accusation of Warren.

Social media analysts pointed out that Clinton may not want Sanders to go “likability” head-to-head. Vermont’s Democratic Socialist was ranked highest in the most recent Senate poll by Morning Consult, while Clinton itself was hated by over one-half the electorate, even as she ran against Trump.

Others pointed out that “likability” is at best abstract, and at worst meaningless, as one moves within the circles of Clinton.

“Nobody likes him,” said the politician who was on vacation at Epstein and went to Trump’s wedding, whose husband was on the floor two dozen times, Ghislane’s daughter at her wedding, and Ivanka’s friends. Being “liked” is not a virtue when you’re that strong.

— David Klion on January 21, 2020 (@DavidKlion).

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5 fixes for the Patriots in 2022: No. 5 — Create more cap flexibility

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The bulk of the Patriots’ rebuild is over. Now, the hardest work begins.

After making the postseason again, the Pats are working to grow from playoff team to title contender, the most difficult leap across pro sports. Because of their record splurge in free agency last year, most of the 2021 team should carry over into 2022. Therefore, how the Patriots manage the margins of their roster in the coming months should determine whether they make a leap next season.

Considering those stakes, the Herald will unveil a daily offseason fix this week for the Patriots to elevate themselves back into contention.

No. 5: Create more cap flexibility

Of note: all salary figures and projections courtesy of Over the Cap.

The Patriots currently hold $10.5 million in cap space for next season, the 11th-lowest amount in the league. That number will lower whenever the team presumably tenders restricted free agents Jakobi Meyers, Jakob Johnson and Gunner Olszewski before the 2022 league year opens March 16. At the same time, Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson is scheduled to hit free agency, where he could land $20 million per year on the open market; not to mention fellow free agents Devin McCourty and Trent Brown, among others.

The Pats can retain Jackson by applying the franchise tag at an estimated cost of $17.3 million. The problem?

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Ravens roundtable: Answering questions about the Ravens’ next defensive coordinator, Lamar Jackson’s value and more

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The first big move of the Ravens’ offseason came out of nowhere Friday night: Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is out after four years in Baltimore.

His departure adds yet another wrinkle to an offseason that could dramatically reshape the Ravens’ roster and set a new course for their future. After an injury-marred season ended short of the playoffs, the team faces questions about went wrong over its six-game losing streak, the defense’s disappointing year, quarterback Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore, the offense’s direction under coordinator Greg Roman and more.

As the wait for coach John Harbaugh’s season-ending news conference drags on, here’s what Baltimore Sun reporters Childs Walker and Jonas Shaffer and editor C.J. Doon make of the Ravens’ wild 2021 season and 2022 offseason.

The Ravens need a new defensive coordinator. Where should John Harbaugh look for Don “Wink” Martindale’s replacement?

Walker: The Ravens have almost always looked within when choosing their defense’s next designer, and it’s difficult to imagine Harbaugh straying too far outside the family. He has good options on his staff in Anthony Weaver and Chris Hewitt, both of whom have substantial legacies as NFL players and coaches, in addition to deep roots in the organization. The Ravens need to restock their defensive front, with an eye on more pass-rushing production, and Weaver qualifies as an expert on that subject. He coached for four other franchises before joining Harbaugh’s staff, so he would represent a bridge between stability and fresh ideas. The Ravens would generate more buzz by bringing Mike Macdonald back from Michigan, but if understated reform is Harbaugh’s goal, Weaver fits.

Shaffer: Martindale’s defensive schemes didn’t lack creativity. His simulated-pressure packages, designed to free up a pass rusher with complex presnap looks, are among the best in the sport. What the Ravens could get from their next coordinator, whether he has ties to the organization or not, is a new perspective on where modern offenses are trending. The Ravens had one of the NFL’s best run defenses this year, and what did it get them? Not a whole lot. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, had one of the NFL’s worst run defenses, but they were decent enough against the pass to be an average unit overall.

That value proposition won’t change anytime soon. But even as the Ravens’ front office built their defense from the back to the front — then watched injuries blow that vaunted secondary to pieces — players reiterated that stopping the run was their top priority. That approach is baked into the franchise’s hard-nosed tradition. So, it seems, is the team’s history of promoting from within to fill defensive coordinator vacancies. But after a season where almost nothing went right, maybe it’s time to reevaluate both ideas.

Doon: With strong candidates already on staff in Weaver and Hewitt, it’s hard to argue with another internal promotion. Martindale’s reliance on blitzes and man coverage certainly enjoyed its share of success, with the Ravens creating more unblocked pressures than any team in football from 2019 to 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. With cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters returning to full health in 2022, it’s tempting to stick with that formula. But this might be a chance for the Ravens to shake things up, especially with a potential overhaul looming on defense.

Does Martindale’s exit change the temperature on Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s seat at all?

Walker: No. These were always separate evaluations, even though it’s natural for us to link them. The Martindale move told us everything is on the table when it comes to fixing this team, but we probably should have known that anyway. The decision on Roman is a philosophical one as much as a referendum on his abilities. If Harbaugh still believes in the concepts he touted as revolutionary going into the 2019 season, he should stick with his coordinator, who remains a master of the run game. If he believes the Ravens have gone stale and need to unlock Jackson’s passing potential with more wide-open, three-receiver sets, he should probably look elsewhere.

Though many fans have turned on Roman, he did not get a clean shot in 2021, given the injuries at running back and the troubles at tackle. Don’t be surprised if Harbaugh gives him one more chance to reverse the downward trends of the past two seasons.

Shaffer: You will not find a better summation of the Ravens’ coordinator situation than this: In the hours after Martindale’s departure was announced, “Greg Roman” was trending locally on Twitter. Does Harbaugh care that Joe Fan has soured on Roman’s offensive schemes? Almost certainly not. But public sentiment does matter to some extent. There were plenty of open seats inside M&T Bank Stadium toward the end of this season, and if season-ticket holders decide to give up their 2022 plan because they’d rather not watch a Roman-led offense, that will become abundantly clear to Ravens officials.

The most important criterion for his job security hasn’t changed, however. The Ravens’ offense has trended downward since Roman took over, from No. 1 in efficiency to No. 11 to No. 17 this season, according to Football Outsiders. Some of that has been out of his control; just imagine how the top-ranking Tampa Bay Buccaneers would’ve fared if quarterback Tom Brady missed a third of the season. Now more than ever, though, Roman’s future hinges on Jackson’s performance. If Jackson recaptures his 2019 form, the Ravens won’t move on from Roman (unless he moves on himself). If Jackson’s struggles continue, the Ravens will have to seek a fresh start.

Doon: Only if Harbaugh wants to consider a complete overhaul, which seems unlikely. Roman deserves a full season with healthy running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards and wide receiver Rashod Bateman before we declare his tenure a failure. Jackson might never again be as efficient as he was in 2019, but he showed signs of progress as a downfield passer early in the season. With a strong backfield, a first-team All-Pro tight end in Mark Andrews and two talented receivers, the Ravens have the pieces to be one of the league’s best offenses in 2022. The pressure is certainly on Roman to get the most out of that group, but there’s no reason to make a change this offseason. Roman is the only offensive coordinator Jackson has ever known as a full-time starter in the NFL, and continuity is important for a young quarterback.

What do you hope to learn from Harbaugh’s end-of-season news conference?

Walker: To what degree does Harbaugh believe the Ravens need to freshen up their approach, and to what degree does he believe injuries undid them in 2021? We already received a partial answer to this question with his decision to replace Martindale. Harbaugh will always say the Ravens are in problem-solving mode, and we know they will look to shore up their offensive line and restock their defense. But will they change from the foundation up, as they did going into the 2019 season?

Shaffer: What the heck happened to the defense in the first half of the season and to Jackson in the second half of the season? And what does he want to see from the Ravens’ coordinators next season to fix those troubles? An update on the team’s offseason injury situation would also be useful, but that might take a couple of hours to complete.

Doon: Does Harbaugh believe the Ravens belong in the same tier as the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills (and maybe the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals) in the AFC next season? Is he confident the Ravens can keep building a winning team around Jackson if they offer him a big contract? Is this lost 2021 campaign explained away by injuries and bad luck or a sign that the Ravens are slipping further away from the top contenders? If the Ravens are confident they can bounce back, we need to hear why.

How would you grade the Ravens’ season?

Walker: C. The Ravens fell short of their own expectations, which will rankle them far longer than any disappointment they sense from the outside. They believed they were good enough to make a deep playoff run and put themselves in position to do just that with an 8-3 start. It was not their fault that injuries took the heart and legs from their roster. It would be hard to find a team that could sprint across the finish line without its franchise quarterback, its left tackle, its top two running backs and its top three cornerbacks. So we have to grade on a curve, even in the next-man-up context of the NFL.

At the same time, we have to acknowledge that the offense had sputtered before Lamar Jackson hurt his ankle, that the defense gave up too many explosive plays when it was still relatively healthy, and that this team was playing with fire, even when it was winning close game after close game. Aside from a dominant win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the 2021 Ravens never came all the way together the way they envisioned back in August. They came within a few plays of making the postseason, a testament to their fight and resourcefulness. But they missed their mark by more than a little.

Shaffer: C. Strip away the context from this season, and an 8-9 record and last-place finish in the AFC North look like benchmarks in a failed season. Same goes for the league-worst pass defense and inconsistent offense. But look at the Ravens who started over the final six weeks of the year, and that assessment starts to feel harsh. According to one analysis, the Ravens were not only among the NFL’s leaders in games missed because of injury in 2021, but the value of the players they lost was also among the NFL’s most significant. Quarterback, left tackle and cornerback are three of the league’s most important positions, and the Ravens played most of the season’s back half with replacement-level starters (or worse) at each spot. It’s hard to blame the Ravens’ results when their process was so thoroughly compromised.

Doon: C-plus. Anything short of a return to the divisional round of the playoffs has to be considered disappointing, especially since the Ravens were at one point 8-3 and atop the AFC. Yes, the team eventually succumbed to all of those injuries during a season-ending six-game losing streak, but it was just just a few plays away from beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams down the stretch. The Ravens’ defense deserves most of the blame, failing to make a critical stop time and time again. Don “Wink” Martindale’s unit finished 28th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, the second-worst mark in franchise history, behind only the expansion 1996 team. Even a healthy and productive Jackson might not have been able to overcome that.

Did Lamar Jackson’s 2021 season change your thinking on his long-term value to the Ravens?

Walker: No. He played like an NFL Most Valuable Player candidate early in the season, and we saw how the Ravens stopped pulling out wins with his big-play ability removed from the picture. Jackson’s season was full of contradictions, and his internal clock seemed to go haywire as opponents assaulted him with pressure in the second half. But give him better health, adequate protection on the edges and his familiar powerhouse running game, and a lot of those problems will fade away. The Ravens don’t have to sign Jackson to an extension this offseason, but they do have to operate as if their team is going to be built around him for years to come.

Shaffer: Kind of. Jackson’s still plenty capable of being the best player on the field in every game he plays, a generational quality that’s tough to attach a dollar figure to. But two of his most valuable traits — his ability to run circles around defenders and to figure opponents out — diminished over the season. He averaged just 6.8 yards per scramble after the bye week, which would’ve been the lowest mark of his career, and his overall sack rate in 2021 was a career-worst 9%.

When Jackson took questions at the end of the season, he was asked what went wrong over his prolonged slump. “To be honest with you, I really don’t know,” he said. He repeated himself — “I really don’t know” — three more times over his answer. Maybe Jackson did know. Maybe he just didn’t want to give anything way to defensive coordinators getting ahead on their 2022 homework. But too often this season, Jackson either didn’t have the right answer as a passer or didn’t know what to do with the solution.

Doon: A tiny bit. According to RBSDM.com, if you go by the analytical measures of expected points added and completion percentage over expectation, Jackson most closely resembled second-year quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. The former MVP has a much better long-term outlook than those two, but this year showed that Jackson’s floor might be lower than previously thought. His ceiling is still “perennial MVP candidate,” and that’s worth committing to long-term.

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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ S2E4 Recap: Which Is Worse—An Absent Father Or An Angry One?

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From left: Cassidy Freeman, Danny McBride, Tim Baltz, and Edi Patterson Ryan Green/HBO

This week’s Righteous Gemstones offers good laughs but better drama, as a large family gathering leads to a proportional explosion of petty conflicts. On the comedic side, it’s a showcase for the talents of Edi Patterson, who in addition to her role as Judy Gemstone also wrote this episode with Danny McBride and John Carcieri. Dramatically, we’re once again treated to a strong performance from John Goodman as Eli, who sinks deeper into brooding and despair. And, straddling both sides of the emotional spectrum, we have the welcome return of Walton Goggins as Baby Billy Freeman, who bookends the episode with twin acts of cowardice.

The episode opens with a flashback to 1993, where Baby Billy offers to buy his young son Harmon (Jeremy T. Thomas) any Christmas gift he chooses from their local mall. After Harmon picks out a cat from a pet shop, Baby Billy embraces his son, tells him he loves him, and walks out of his life. As he did last season, Goggins portrays Baby Billy with remarkable sensitivity. His love for his son comes across as entirely real, and for a moment it’s possible to sympathize with this deadbeat dad who feels as if staying with his son would only mean failing the child. But that sympathy is short-lived. The final shots of the teaser are from Harmon’s point of view as he watches his father disappear into a crowd of shoppers, a painful memory in the making.

After the opening titles we return to the present day, where Judy reluctantly accompanies her husband BJ (Tim Baltz) to greet her in-laws. BJ’s parents and sister KJ (Lily Sullivan) are in town to celebrate BJ’s baptism, but Judy finds them boring and suspicious because A) they’re agnostic secular humanists, and B) Judy cannot recognize a healthy family dynamic when she sees one. Judy believes that BJ’s baptism should mark his true initiation into the Gemstone family, after which he shouldn’t need his old family anymore. In case her feelings aren’t clear, she sings an original song during the ceremony itself with lyrics that spell them out.

All of the Gemstone kids are emotionally stunted by their upbringing, but Judy seems to have gotten the worst of it, and it’s easy to trace how. Jesse and Kelvin (Adam Devine) are just as spoiled, but they’ve both been entrusted with responsibility in the Gemstones’ church. No one has ever expected anything from Judy, who is both the middle child and the only daughter in a rigidly patriarchal subculture. Judy’s schoolyard perspective on sexuality is almost understandable considering she likely received zero formal sexual education whatsoever and learned most of what she knows secondhand from her older brother. Unlike Jesse or Kelvin, she has no friends, no entourage, and apparently no relationships with other women. Above all, Judy is a narcissist, unwilling to share. She’s intensely possessive of BJ (which BJ usually enjoys), but his family represents a threat to her ownership, so she does everything she can to convince him that they’re a toxic influence to be removed. 

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Adam Devine as Kelvin Ryan Green/ HBO

Meanwhile, Jesse (Danny McBride) and Amber (Cassidy Freeman) meet up with their new friends Lyle (Eric André) and Lindy Lissons (Jessica Lowe) and break the news that they don’t have the $10 million to invest in their timeshare community. Unsurprisingly, their friendship is conditional on the business venture and the Lissons storm off. Jesse is left dejected and angry at his father for not backing his real estate deal. At the same time, Eli cancels Kelvin’s scheduled trip to Israel with his God Squad, forcing him to attend BJ’s baptism and reception. As an added indignity, the God Squad gets bounced at the door and has to wait outside the party while Keefe (Tony Cavalero) smuggles them low-carb snacks from the buffet. Both boys feel that their agency is under attack and arrive at the baptism primed to explode.

Eli is in no mood for their nonsense. He sees the baptism as the sham it is, something that Judy muscled BJ into in a bid to win him family acceptance—as well as a belated, expensive wedding reception, since the pair eloped at Disney World. But if Eli’s accustomed to being everyone’s piggy bank, his emotional low is a different story. His reunion with his old friend Junior went soured instantly; his attempts at dating have led to humiliation and hostility from his children. After what he sees as a lifetime of good works, must he spend his golden years alone and unloved? Must everyone see him as an opportunity to be exploited? When Jesse, Kelvin, and Judy (well, technically BJ) each publicly disrespect him at the baptism, Eli finally snaps. Kelvin picks the fight, but Eli finishes it in the same fashion that he punished people back in his Maniac Kid days, by breaking his thumbs.

Baby Billy, on the other hand, has come to the baptism claiming that his life is on the upswing. His boasts of newfound financial success may not be trustworthy, but his young wife Tiffany (Valyn Hall) is definitely pregnant and due to give birth any minute. Baby Billy seems keen to accept this blessing into his life, but a conversation with Eli reminds him of his past failings as a father and he wanders off alone to sulk. When the party has ended, Tiffany is left waiting for him to return with the snacks she asked for, but we know he isn’t coming back. He’s already miles away, halfway home to North Carolina. Ever Eli’s opposite, Baby Billy is offered a second chance at love and family and runs from it.

Still looking to spite Eli, Jesse and Amber steal his party bus back to the compound, but their journey home is halted by a mechanical problem. Jesse and Amber await repairs at a nearby gas station and are shocked when a group of motorcyclists arrive at the station, brandish automatic weapons, and unload four clips of ammunition into their bus. Both survive the attack, but we’re left to wonder who’s behind this well-coordinated assassination attempt. The obvious answer is Junior, who’s been set up as the season’s antagonist and who declared last week that if Eli wouldn’t be his friend, he’d be his enemy. Junior himself does not appear in this episode, instead sending one of his wrestlers (James Preston Rogers) to demand an apology from Eli. But, truth be told, jumping immediately from smashing a tomato on Eli’s windshield to ordering an expensive professional hit seems a bit far-fetched. Might someone else be responsible? Say, someone who stands to gain $10 million if Jesse inherits the family fortune?

We’ll have to wait at least a few weeks to find out, as the next episode is entitled “Interlude II,” evidently a palette-cleansing flashback between the first and second halves of the season.

‘The Righteous Gemstones’ S2E4 Recap: Which Is Worse—An Absent Father Or An Angry One?

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