Now that Bernie Sanders got the most votes in both the Iowa and New Hampshire contests, the media has gone into overdrive to try and find ways to explain why those results don’t mean that he is the current leader in the race. The main one is that he only got about 30% of the vote (true) and thus 70% of the people must have voted against him (false), showing that the majority dislike him. The latter is a false inference that implies that all the people who voted for the other candidates would unify behind any single alternative.
Sanders falls to last place in new national poll when all of his opponents are added together into a single, non-existent candidate. pic.twitter.com/zEfXM03dDu
— MSDNC – Commentary & Satire (@MSDNCTV) February 12, 2020
But a new poll undermines that narrative because it finds that in head-to-head matchups, Sanders beats every other candidate, most quite handily.
A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders would defeat each of the other Democratic presidential candidates in a one-on-one race — in many instances by double-digit margins.
Sanders won the most votes in Iowa and New Hampshire and now leads in national surveys. Yet mainstream Democrats seem to think the democratic socialist from Vermont is a weak frontrunner who would be easily dispatched if only the rest of the party stopped dividing its vote among several candidates and consolidated around a single, more moderate alternative.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll suggests they may be wrong.
In a series of hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Sanders ran ahead of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 15 points (53 percent to 38 percent); ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 17 points (54 percent to 37 percent); and ahead of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar by 21 points (54 percent to 33 percent). Sanders’s closest competitors were former Vice President Joe Biden, who trailed him by 4 points (48 percent to 44 percent) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who trailed him by 2 (44 percent to 42 percent).
I posted before about how long-time Democratic establishment operative James Carville said that Sanders is bad for the party because he is an ‘extremist’ and an ‘ideologue’ and that his ideas are not ‘practical’. When asked to respond, Sanders dismissed Carville as the political hack that he is. Carville revealingly reacted by accepting the label of being a hack but said that it is better than being a ‘communist’.
“Last night on CNN, Bernie Sanders called me a political hack,” Carville said. “That’s exactly who the f— I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kind of like it! At least I’m not a communist.”
Trump also recently referred to Sanders as a communist.
That remark alone should be enough to show how ignorant Carville is, since the ‘democratic socialism’ that Sanders touts is undeniably part of the capitalist structure and is mainstream in many European countries and is very different from even just socialism and nowhere near communism. Carville’s nonsense is laughable but is a sign that establishment Democrats are willing to stoop to any level of name-calling even to the extent of adopting the attacks made by Trump, while clutching their pearls over ‘Bernie bros’.
These are the people who have shaped the identity of the Democratic Party since the early 1990s, and they’re the reason it’s such a grotesque mess: https://t.co/NDaZIv934K
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 14, 2020
Sanders also hits back at the ‘Bernie bros’ narrative that the media loves to advance, saying that you can always find supporters of any candidate that will say inflammatory things on the internet and that his campaign has nothing to do with such sentiments.
FINALLY —Bernie knee caps the Bernie Bro narrative pic.twitter.com/VwAqbiRNzZ
— Dilan (@dilanpcook) February 14, 2020
The supposedly ‘liberal’ MSNBC has been in the vanguard of the anti-Sanders movement and its chief political news host Chuck Todd has said that he cannot understand why Sanders is considered the front runner in the Democratic primary, and this was after Sanders had got the most votes in each of the first two contests. Todd even hauled out a quote from a conservative commentator comparing Sanders supporters to Hitler’s brown shirts.
Casually invoking Nazi slurs was too much for the Anti-Defamation League and it rebuked Todd.
As we enter a contentious campaign season, it is incumbent upon leaders & pundits to refrain from using offensive comparisons to the Holocaust. Doing so only diminishes the memories of the 6M Jews who were killed by Nazis & Nazi sympathizers. https://t.co/iZT8QWLbu7
— ADL (@ADL) February 11, 2020
As Glenn Greenwald points out, Todd is not the brightest light on the media holiday tree.
The good thing about Chuck Todd being one of TV's most devoted anti-Bernie propagandists is that Chuck Todd is really, really dumb.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 13, 2020
If Sanders should win the next contest in Nevada next Saturday, it will be interesting to see what Todd and his ilk come up with.