There was an endearing moment yesterday at a Bernie rally at the Moda Center in Portland – here is a youtube clip if you haven’t seen it.
And a link from Crooks and Liars with a snippet of what Bernie was going on about when the bird happened to stop by and tweet at Bernie. He was speaking about education and that going to school and doing well should mean something – and it should.
Bernie’s reaction was priceless as he was clued into what the crowd was reacting to. When the bird then decided to surprise everyone? Awesomeness ensued.
Anyway, as the Democratic primary chugs along and we have some semblance of a race even into April I think it’s appropriate to take an objective look at where we stand.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s overwhelming lead in the invisible primary (which – and this frustrates me to no end – included Senator Sherrod Brown) which took place before citizens registered even one vote in Iowa, Bernie has galvanized the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. The results can be seen in the democratic-socialist’s national poll numbers which may have a ceiling for Bernie only due to time and not message.
A Bloomberg poll this week had Bernie up by 49-48. This poll had some very interesting internal numbers which help define what is important to a Hillary voter and visa versa. One telling number – 75% of those democrats polled said it doesn’t bother them that he describes himself as a democratic socialist. Only 24% said it did. (pg. 11)
Below is a second or third installment of my MacGyver-inspired Democratic primary map. I’m using an app called 270-to-Win which is built to allow users to create national maps of the general election, so please ignore the numbers. These are the results of the primary so far, demonstrating Hillary’s electoral base. A base of support that looks very similar at this point in the election to the Republican electoral base.
Another similarity between Hillary and the Republicans she will more than likely be running against this Fall is represented in the meme below which took off earlier this year and that Politifact found to be mostly true. These are the sum-totals of the top lifetime donors to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I don’t think there can be a clearer message about how either candidate would prioritize labor and capital as one peruses their donors.
I’d also like to mention of a speech given by Bill Clinton which made the rounds on right wing media (see below the fold) and TheRoot.com this week in which he said the 8 years of Obama’s presidency represented an “awful legacy”. I wasn’t able to make it through the entire speech, but what struck me is one of the solutions that Hillary’s husband sees her implementing is creating a one-stop-shop for student loan financing. He sold this as making life easier for students with crushing student-loan debt. What I couldn’t help thinking about is how lucrative such a financial vehicle would be for investors. Just another way for financial institutions to commodify our lives – buy , sell and trade. And to top it off, he even compares the scheme to home mortgages which seems a little tone-deaf after 2008-9.
And to me, that is the difference that little bird brought into view this week as he or she interrupted Bernie on the importance of an education. One candidate’s simple view of education and economics – that real government leaders should be in the business of encouraging learning and education AND insuring that hard work actually pays off.
The surrogate for the other candidate – a former President himself – seems to be selling more of the same. We can succeed if only we put more of our lives into Wall Street’s hands.
In short, I’m with you Birdy Sanders.
Democratic caucuses today in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.
A Drudge Report screen grab from Monday on Obama’s legacy:
The link was to this article.
UPDATE: 3/27 headline spelling from Birdy to Birdie (duh) and The Oregonian file a claim with YouTube and had their clip removed. This was replaced by almost an identical clip by The Sanders campaign. Not sure how the Oregonisn could have claimed property rights over a one and a half minute clip, but there is no one to challenge them so the link is gone and it won’t be coming back.