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The Iowa Winnow (And Why Bernie Sanders is for Real)


The Iowa Winnow (And Why Bernie Sanders is for Real)

Robert Borosage

The Iowa Caucuses just supercharged the 2016 presidential race. Younger and lower-income voters drove Bernie Sanders into a head heat with Hillary Clinton. A record Republican turnout of white voters elevated an odd couple – two first term Cuban-American Senators – and deflated Donald Trump, the fear peddler.


From the article:

"Younger and lower-income voters drove Bernie Sanders into a head heat with Hillary Clinton."

C.D. staff: Please correct the typo... it should read DEAD heat.

This is sad... the political equivalent of shooting one's self in the foot. And I think it's due to so much fear and loathing of a more loathsome Trump or Cruz obtaining the Oval Office:

"The leadership of virtually all of the mainstream Democratic linked groups – from the unions to Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign – have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Almost all of the party leaders, gatekeepers, deep pockets, cultural icons line up with Clinton."


Unlike so many people, I make no claim to know the future. But every time someone's said to me "Sanders won't be able to do anything as president, all by himself," I've wondered:

Don't you think if he gains the nomination, the more progressive candidates all over the country will gain stature and motivation? "A rising tide lifts all boats" kind of thing. I'm pleased to see Borosage suggesting something like that:

Sanders will spark insurgent candidates across the country, arming them with argument and hope.

Feels pretty good this morning!


"...he is trailing badly among African Americans and Latinos."

So what does Bernie have to do to change that? Certainly most of these people must know who Bernie Sanders is by now. He has been speaking to African American groups a lot. So, why do they prefer Hillary Clinton? Presumably only they know. Obviously Bernie has no chance of winning the nomination unless he can make inroads with the African American and Latino voters. His biggest problem with Democratic voters in general seems to be a lack of confidence that he is electable. Certainly people should be skeptical that anyone announcing that he plan to raise taxes on the middle class and uses the European term of democratic socialist to describe himself is electable. The Democratic establishment clearly does not think he is electable and will certainly do whatever they can to support Hillary Clinton. And her e-mail problems raise issues about whether she is electable as well. The Democrats do not have a Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to go against the Republicans and should be very worried.


Single Payer Medical Insurance is one of the key elements of Bernie's campaign. History in the US and elsewhere proves that legislation such as single payer will never originate at the Federal level, it will develop state by state until critical mass is reached that makes it national. Obama's ACA prevents States from starting their single payer programs until 2018 and then only with Federal approval. We all know that neither Hillary Clinton or any GOP President will sign off on States' efforts. Only President Sanders will open the gate for States to advance single payer.

I agree with you that as long as the Party and White House are in the hands of corporate operatives, many potential progressive candidates are reluctant to run against incumbant corporate House and Senate Democrats. If Bernie continues to do well in the primaries many reluctant progressives will throw their hats in the House and Senate races...in 2016 and beyond.


You are correct that to win Bernie needs to be embraced by blacks and latinos the way many young Murkins have embraced him.

The key to drawing in blacks and latinos is to make sure every black and latino in the US knows that Bernie marched in the 1960s civil rights movement. Bernie was their champion before the majority of Murkins of ALL demoagraphics were born...the real deal.


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I think a more accurate term would be "pragmatic." Younger people need to appreciate the difficult situation that Sen. Sanders is in. Sen. Sanders used to speak out powerfully about US poverty and the need for poverty relief programs -- lessons learned from the Great Depression. This doesn't sell to today's middle class, so he dropped the issue. This brought in truckloads of campaign donations, but lost many, many votes in the process. It was a gamble, and we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out in November.


You are simply a joke, repeating and repeating and repeating your inane assertion that Sanders "abandoned the poor."

You never provide EVIDENCE of any such abandonment, because there is no evidence, because he has not.

But you don't let that stop you! "Repeat, repeat, repeat."


Sanders did well among Latinos in Iowa. No one has noticed this. His immigration platform especially appealed.


I'm not sure if it's as much fear of Trump/Cruz as it is the fear a Sanders win would effectively break up the Democratic Party as it's now constituted. Because such a win can only result from an actual uprising of The People -- he'll be getting no help from 'power'.


Nicely done Cookies, nicely done.


And let us not overlook that in Iowa, if you are not in line at the door by their cutoff time, you cannot get in to vote at all. They leave out a vast number of voters who work multiple jobs or are still on duty at their workplace, and are not allowed the ALL DAY TO VOTE timeframe. I don't think this would have been nearly as "close a call" as it was, had the IOWA legislators done the right thing by their CITIZENS. Shame on you, IOWA! A failure to legislate FOR your CITIZENS.