Okay, Mr. Drum, we won't let the conservative noise machine persuade us otherwise. We'll just let Hillary Clinton's record persuade us otherwise- a record she's been apologizing for quite a bit lately.
Drum feels that right-wing inflated scandals, like Whitewater, Troopergate, and Benghazi are turning millennials and progressives against Clinton. But I suspect that most millennials and progressives are less concerned about those things than they are about her militarism, her vote to make bankruptcy more difficult for struggling Americans, and the campaign cash she receives from financial fraudsters on Wall Street. I suspect that they find her untrustworthy because she won't release the transcripts of what she told her buddies at Goldman Sachs - an institution that has frequently engaged in financial wrongdoing.
What's really ironic about Drum's concern about the "conservative noise machine," is that Clinton actually used a real noise machine to prevent the public from hearing what she told her wealthy donors in Colorado. Most of us heard the original story, and now an attendee of the event has apparently verified Clinton's use of the sound machine: "I can confirm without any doubt that there was a white noise machine set up on the perimeter to prevent the public and reporters from hearing what Hillary Clinton said" (emphasis added). The attendee goes on to say that Clinton didn't say anything newsworthy, but her noise machine "seemed to underscore the exclusivity of the event. I thought it was really surprising." Of course, whether she said anything newsworthy is in the ear of the beholder.
As conservatives use their noise machine to smear Clinton, and Clinton uses her noise machine to separate herself & her wealthy donors from the middle-class & poor, Bernie Sanders' supporters are using their noise machine (their voices, words, and $27 donations) to ask for a New Deal: A deal where wealthy lawbreakers are held accountable just like non-wealthy lawbreakers; a deal where politicians are not beholden to big money and don't make policies to please them; a deal where millionaires & billionaires pay more taxes, instead of hiding their money in offshore accounts with the assistance of the politicians they are giving campaign cash to; a deal where America's infrastructure is given higher priority than military adventures in the Middle East; a deal where Wall Street insiders are not appointed to government positions where they can enforce the status quo of extreme income & wealth inequality.
Which noise machine do you like best?