CAN WE AGREE, in the wake of #primary contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, & now Nevada, that everything we were told about Sen. #BernieSanders was wrong? That the #press, the #pundits, the #politicians were all #wrong about him? And not just wrong, but completely, utterly, demonstrably, embarrassingly, catastrophically wrong?
You would have to go back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to find another example of where our political & media elites were so out of step with reality; so off in their predictions & prognostications; so keen to peddle myths & misinformation. (On a side note, whenever we mention Iraq, it’s always worth recalling how Sanders opposed that disastrous conflict, whereas his rivals Michael Bloomberg & Joe Biden both supported it.) Let’s consider the #nonsense that has passed for “reporting,” “commentary,” & “analysis” on #Sanders over the past year or so.
He isn’t #electable. The 78-year-old independent senator from Vermont, goes the argument, is too old & too kooky to win — & also, #Americans won’t #vote for a #socialist. Yet in the wake of his blowout victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, Sanders has won the popular vote in every single 1 of the 1st 3 states. You might think the concept of electability should be connected somehow to, y’know, actually winning elections (hello Joe Biden!). But those are #primaries. How about the general election? Well, at least according to the latest national CBS/YouGov head-to-head polling, Sanders beats Donald Trump by a (slightly) bigger margin than any of his Democratic rivals.
Forget national polls. What about the battleground states in the Rust Belt? According to the latest UW–Madison Elections Research Center survey, Sanders has a bigger lead over Trump in Michigan & Pennsylvania than all of his Democratic rivals, & the same 2-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin as Biden & Elizabeth Warren. (By the way, does anyone with a brain really believe that Bloomberg, an elite billionaire from New York, has a better chance of winning the Rust Belt than Sanders, a working-class socialist from Vermont?)