Home2020 Elections3/5 Sanders Making Campaign Shifts in Stops; Warren Calls It Quits; and OT
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orlbucfan

T and R, Benny!!

wi64

The real exchange between Bernie and Joe

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jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/03/super-tuesday-liberalism-political-revolution-sanders?fbclid=IwAR3C9dHqup3yIGnio-rBuF8PhE534czqH6edABkmpsyq7cOLm7Ygs-HQywA

When liberals lose elections, they blame the voters. The candidate was too smart, too good to be appreciated by the ignorant rubes in the electorate. Voters don’t know what’s good for them (and they deserve what’s coming).

Leftists don’t have that luxury. We are committed to the idea that people are basically rational, that they do the best they can looking out for themselves and those they care about, despite living in an economic and political system that makes it extraordinarily difficult to do so. When we fail, we know it’s not because people are stupid.

That makes results like last night’s hit even harder to take. For a moment after Nevada, it looked like Sanders was unstoppable, except through backroom chicanery. He had won the first three contests (a feat never accomplished before), and the opposition looked hopelessly divided and inept. The establishment consolidated when it had to, however, and his campaign was routed in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday.

When it came to Super Tuesday, it seems that voters decided on their choice in the days just before the primary. In state after state, Biden won these voters by massive margins, and the variation in their share of the electorate correlates strongly with Sanders’s performance.

This pattern suggests some of the reasons why Sanders’s campaign was never going to be easy. While Democratic talking heads now get high-minded and puffy at the suggestion that the actions of party elites affect voter preferences, there is no way to read these results and not conclude that the party’s consolidation around Biden mattered a great deal.

In the short term, there is still a tremendous amount to be done. Most Democratic voters are voting on electability, and the Left is not going to be able to change that. From here on out, elite cues are going to be unified in pointing to Biden as the most electable candidate. Yet Biden’s weaknesses on this front are obvious, and it is worth remembering that last time Sanders and Biden directly confronted each other, in January over Social Security, it didn’t end well for Biden.

The task from here on out is to combine two tasks, both of which have headwinds against them. First, the Left needs to convince voters that Bernie’s platform of economic justice and solidarity has the best chance of defeating Donald Trump. Second, it needs to translate the work of campaigning into the more long-term work of building institutions that working-class people identify with and trust to defend their interests.

Sanders didn’t lose last night because voters are stupid or misled. He lost because he is trying to win people to a way of doing politics that is foreign to virtually their entire experience of politics. This is what it means to make a political revolution. No one said it was going to be easy.

Torabs
Torabs

Good read. I love the point about the anti-democratic tendencies of “liberal” voters (who are really conservatives).

I disagree with the conclusion that Bernie must change people’s fundamental approach to politics though. While it would be a phenomenally good change, it’s not necessary to beat Biden. Instead, he needs to fight the fight on terms people are familiar with. People are going with Biden based on electability? That’s his biggest weakness. Hammer home how his failures directly caused the election of Trump, and tie his policies to Hillary’s failure. Joe’s baggage is no less than hers was.

I hate that it comes to this (Democrats should represent hope, and Bernie should not lose sight of this either), but people need to legitimately fear that Biden can’t win against Trump. Because if it comes down to it, I don’t think Biden has a chance.

jcitybone

jcitybone

polarbear4

i hope that she is finished if she doesn’t come through and soon. she’s had her day to think. this is, as they say, hardball and time is running out.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Looking for Senator Warren to save the day is desperate and Senator Sanders should neither depend nor count on anything from her. He can be strong enough with just the rest of us, his core policies and his electability against President Trump.

Torabs
Torabs

My sentiments exactly. I’m very put off by all this fretting about what suburban whites think. The race has not fundamentally changed for the Berners – if we engage people of color, if we speak to the concerns of young people, and run the campaign for tomorrow, not yesterday, we win.

Keep doing the work, adjust your tactics based on the facts on the ground, and push ahead.

jcitybone

Actually not a bad poll for Missouri

jcitybone

Wow

polarbear4

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jcitybone

jcitybone

wi64

Looks like a good night in Phoenix

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