Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders, Frontrunner

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News
13 January 16
BC, CBS, NBC and FOX won’t tell you this. In fact, MSNBC had a headline, hours after news came out that Bernie Sanders had moved ahead in Iowa, that Trump and Clinton maintained frontrunner status nationally. Their headline was based on a 15-point national lead for Clinton. The article neglected to say that leads in Iowa and New Hampshire carry more weight than these national polls that are polling people who have not fully tuned into the election and are not as committed to any candidate yet.

The bigger news was Sanders taking a 5-point lead in Iowa while maintaining a 14-point lead in New Hampshire. Sanders also received the endorsement of a very important constituency in the Democratic party, the liberal advocacy group I know I just said that national polls are not as important at this stage in the game, but that being said, a respected poll by IBT/TMSS found Sanders within 4 points of Hillary nationally. While I give national polls less credibility at this point, the poll is consistent with all the other signs of momentum for Sanders.

As I lie here in the hospital in Des Moines, I am frustrated to be missing the stretch run in Iowa, but I can feel the Sanders momentum as new polls come in. Here are just a few of those polls.

The big one is from Quinnipiac, which shows Bernie up 5 points.
The Iowa Democratic Caucus is going down to the wire as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the support of 49 percent of likely Democratic Caucus participants, with 44 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 4 percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a December 15 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University showing Clinton at 51 percent, with 40 percent for Sanders.
And then there is this:
With just 21 days until the presidential primaries officially begin in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats nationally has taken a serious tumble, falling eight points to 43%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. Support for her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, rose six points to 39%.
As a result, Clinton’s lead over Sanders, which had been 18 points, is now just four points.
In another development that has to worry the Clinton camp, establishment Democrats like the Vice President seem to be warming to Sanders: 
Vice President Joe Biden offered effusive praise for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday, lauding Hillary Clinton's chief rival for doing a “heck of a job” on the campaign trail and praising Sanders for offering an authentic voice on income inequality.
And while Biden said Democrats had a slate of “great candidates” running for president, he suggested Clinton was a newcomer to issues like the growing gap between rich and poor.
While the mainstream ... hmm, I think this election will prove we are the mainstream, so let’s re-phrase that: While the corporate media wants you to still believe that Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, evidence shows the opposite. Bernie Sanders is the clear frontrunner and has the momentum to be our next president.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.


+77 # Shades of gray matter 2016-01-13 14:15
HRC is getting schooled, again, on running as the presumptive empress-in-wait ing, friend of Banksters & neo-CON hawks, war mongers, war profiteers. Biden expressing frustration of Dems who once believed in her. These are NOT feminist positions. With GOPers going around the bend to the far right, Dems can afford to be democrats again.
+48 # tswhiskers 2016-01-13 15:54
Not only is Hillary getting schooled about being the "presumptive" candidate, so is the entire Dem. Party structure. Wasserman-Schul tz may be jumping out of her skin watching Bernie's polling stats. I'd like to think that both parties are learning hard lessons here; Reps. are seeing their philosophies and policies coming to perfect fruition in Trump's demagoguery, while the Dem. Party is learning that they need to support ALL their candidates until the primaries show who the public really support. Granted, Bernie hasn't won anything yet, he has at least surprised the Dem. powers-that-be to their cores.
+28 # ritawalpoleague 2016-01-13 16:59
So sad but true, Shades of gray matter. Time it is for us/U.S. to wake up to the reality, that unlike Hillary Clinton.....

+59 # Shades of gray matter 2016-01-13 14:30
There is an Axis of Chicago-NY-DC BIG MONEY that Slick Willy, Obama, & Hillary have fallen prey to. Willy wonk should know by now that going negative on lovable Bernie is not the answer. GOPers and voters are willing to let Democrats be democrats, not Klyntonites. NOW is the time. All Dems: Do Not Blow This Opportunity. Try to keep up.
+44 # bardphile 2016-01-13 15:01
News is good. Bernie has a solid chance for both primary and general. To govern, he'll need Congressional support, of course. The Trump phenomenon (as distinct from the actual abhorrent Donald) is a positive development for Bernie. Working class whites, a natural Bernie constituency, are being peeled off from the country club / wall street republican mainstream and will need a place to go. Progressives need to find them by running viable candidates in as many districts as possible.
+57 # vicnada 2016-01-13 15:05
Enough is never enough when it comes to good news. Go Bernie!
+47 # RMF 2016-01-13 15:28
Just as in a professional sporting contest, I feel momentum shifting, and Bernie gaining strength. I will be sending him another installment of cash.
Go Bernie!
+16 # rhgreen 2016-01-13 20:26
Every month I get my US Social Security deposited into my credit union checking account, and I send $40 of it to Bernie. Go Bernie!
+8 # jimallyn 2016-01-14 00:57
I am also on SSI, disability. And I make a contribution to the Bernie Sanders for President campaign on the first of every month. I consider it an investment in my future, an investment in the future of this country, and an investment in the future of the world.
+62 # RMF 2016-01-13 15:31
PS -- as a lifelong progressive Democrat, I find the Clinton campaign's attack on Bernie's single payer health care proposal very unseemly.
+37 # Street Level 2016-01-13 16:06
Especially since it's now Chelsea who's taken that on.
The 3 of them can't keep up with Bernie and he's the one with the day job!

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