It was a Sanders landslide in Nevada, with Bernie closing fast in S. Carolina, leading national polls by as much as 10% and ahead in most Super Tuesday states. Is it time to embrace the inevitable instead of undermining it?
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Look Who’s Electable Now
As the Roundhouse session fades into the distance, the NM primaries and the national Democratic primaries come into sharp relief. We will be reporting on what happened in the 2020 Legislative Session with a Report Card coming hopefully by the end of March. But we will also be focusing more on primaries as the weeks pass.
Bernie has won by increasing numbers in each primary to date and he is in a statistical tie in South Carolina. He is poised to build an insurmountable lead on Super Tuesday given that he is leading comfortably in California, Texas, North Carolina, Maine, Colorado, Vermont and Utah. Sanders is even now leading in Massachusetts, Warren’s home state, and is tied in Virginia. Maybe it is time for moderate Democrats to stop trying to halt this train and jump on.
If we are going to defeat Donald Trump, we need to be unified. Remember the party slogan: “Vote Blue, No Matter Who.” Well the most electable “who” is becoming abundantly clear. And we can start with Nevada.
Entrance polls show that he dominated. Those polls showed Mr. Sanders winning men and women; whites and Latinos; voters in all but the oldest age group (17-29, 30-44 and 45-64); those with college degrees and those without. He was carrying union households and nonunion households, self-identified liberal Democrats (by a wide margin) and moderate and conservative ones (narrowly).”NY Times: “5 Takeaways from the Nevada Caucus (The Big One: Sanders Takes Control)”
The exit polls had it right. Bernie gathered more votes than the next four candidates combined, accumulating 47.1% of the vote with 88% of the votes counted. A critical difference between Bernie 2016 and Bernie 2020 is his ability to gain support from Hispanic voters. In Nevada, he won 66% of the Hispanic vote and has made strong gains with African Americans. The turnout was larger than anticipated, indeed, it was the largest in Nevada caucus history, due in large part by the enthusiasm for Sanders and the large numbers of “first-time” caucus participants.
As noted above, Bernie is poised to win big on Super Tuesday, building immense momentum and, no doubt, an enormous campaign bank account from his small donors. But skeptics have long pointed to the Rust Belt where the Dems are vulnerable. Well, a poll released this weekend revealed that the best shot the Dems have in these states is no one other than Sanders who bests Trump in the three key Rust Belt states included in the poll.
In the Rust Belt, New Polling Released Sunday
The Rust Belt is said to be critical to winning the nomination. These results were published yesterday:
Bernie Versus Trump In the Rust Belt?
From the same poll source, Election Research Center, results also show Bernie beating Trump in the same critical Rust Belt states, out-performing any Democrat in the poll. This despite the non-stop drum beat from DINO / DNC leadership palpitating at what Wall St, pharma, and gas & oil are thinking. It is time for the Democrat Party to turn its back on its corporate benefactors, embrace the small donor movement, return to the values of FDR, and fight for economic justice in America. Clearly, Sanders’ message is resonating in the very states Dems must win to unseat Trump.
Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe went on MSNBC to break down the race as it currently stands.
“If it’s March 3rd,” he said, “and we’re talking about Klobuchar, Buttigieg, Warren, Biden, Bloomberg, and Sanders, and everybody’s in, Bernie’s going to win almost all the delegates he needs to build an impenetrable delegate lead. That’s just math. It’s not my opinion, it’s just simple math.”MSNBC
Other Factors To Consider
For those who fear a democratic socialist as the standard bearer for the Democratic Party, it may be time to shift your thinking and acknowledge the many virtues to Sanders being the nominee and the most electable. The reasons to stop fearing and start seriously considering the Sanders candidacy extends beyond the polls. Consider these Sanders assets:
- The best environmental plan of all Dems by a long shot, and the climate crisis will, no doubt, be a competing headline throughout the campaign;
- A huge grassroots army of inspired Americans who actually look like the face of America and who are organized, motivated, and committed;
- An almost unfathomable ability to raise money from small donors;
- A candidate not beholden to any large donors but deeply indebted to millions of average Americans like you and I;
- A candidate whose every word you can believe — you may not always agree with him, but he has not changed a note in 40 years, and this in stark contrast to the current White House inhabitant who lies or changes his tune almost every sentence;
- A progressive platform that responds to those that are struggling and calls out the elite and big business who oppress us, a platform ideally suited for coming debates with Trump, as Bernie can contrast his health plan, his tax plan, his climate plan with Trump’s plans to continue to cut taxes on the rich while scaling back on Social Security and Medicare;
- An unequaled ability to debate and stand down Trump.
We ask all of our readers who are skeptical of a Sanders presidency to think again. If the absolute goal is to dump Trump and the slogan is Vote Blue, No Matter Who, it may be time to get behind the nominee who is best able to do the job.
A Look Back
The last week of posts was more about alerting you to take action at the Roundhouse than analyzing issues, but we did have two posts that included important content. Our Thursday, post analyzed the Nevada primary and the debate that preceded it with a focus on Bloomberg, the candidate who finally had to come out from behind his $400M ad campaign and show America who he has been and is, as a candidate. We described our concerns with how the DNC, the media, and those corporate interests that pay the way, are echoing a Bloomberg mantra that is based on forgetfulness of his historic positions and actions. This is a man who a few years ago was a Republican and who has implemented heinous policies that oppressed communities of color. If you missed this post, it is worth your review.
Our Saturday post outlined the potential for a NM rural-urban alliance forged by opposition to the conspiring forces of Wall St and Big Ag. This is an area that Retake will be exploring deeply, as we feel the divide between our rural communities and our urban centers are fueled by industries that benefit from our being divided. If you missed it, please check out the Thursday post.
What a Difference a Day Makes: Roundhouse Rocks
Tuesday, Feb 18. This post provides a clear picture of how quickly things can change in the Roundhouse’s last week. Unfortunately, as the rest of the week played out, we simply ran out of time and too many of our bills fell just one vote short of getting to the Governor.
Roundhouse Finale & Democratic Debate Review
Thursday, Feb 20. We examine what was accomplished and what still might be achieved on the last day of the session. We also look at an analysis of the Democratic Presidential Primary and the inaugural debate for Mayor “Doomberg.” He endorsed Bush at the 2009 GOP Convention, locked up tens of thousands of men of color, gentrified NYC and devastated neighborhoods of color, and now he wants to be our Dem. nominee.
Rural Farmers Exploited by Trump, Big Ag & Wall St: Potential Opening for a Broad Coalition
Small farmers are bearing the brunt of the tariff war while being exploited by agribusiness consolidation & predatory lending rates from Wall St. bankers. They voted for Trump when he promised to take care them, but he has failed them. In NM, much is said about the rural-urban divide, but it just may be that there is common ground to be found here in NM and nationally, as this post explores.
Paul & Roxanne