Another Democratic primary has taken place and, again, voters are made to doubt their instincts. With online polling showing Bernie Sanders the clear winner, influential bloggers and news personalities were quick to declare Hillary Clinton the clear winner.
But, was she?
According to Fox News San Diego‘s online poll, Bernie was the winner. San Diego is not known for progressivism. It is the congressional district that keeps sending Darrell Issa to Washington.
Think it’s a fluke of a conspiracy by San Diego’s red voters to confuse Democrats? OK. Let’s look at Slate’s poll:
Could this be another flukey poll? Let’s look at Time!
And yet, when PPP polls published its findings, curiously, Sanders’ landslide just vanishes:
Democratic Voters Overwhelmingly Think Clinton Won Debate; Particularly Strong on National Security Issues
A Public Policy Polling survey of Democratic primary voters nationally who watched tonight’s debate finds that it reinforced Hillary Clinton’s front runner status. Viewers overwhelmingly think she won the debate, and particularly trust her over the rest of the Democratic field when it comes to issues of national security.
Key findings from the survey include:
-67% of voters think Clinton won the debate, to 20% for Bernie Sanders and 7% for Martin O’Malley. On a related note 63% of viewers said the debate gave them a more positive opinion of Clinton, compared to 41% who said it gave them a more positive opinion of Sanders, and 37% who said it gave them a more positive opinion of O’Malley.
Read the rest of PPP’s poll data here.
The Huffington Post’s Brian Hanley has a full round up of all the online polls. While online polls are deemed to be less reliable than traditional polls, one has to take the PPP data with several grains of salt. The press has been full of articles criticizing Hillary Clinton for several gaffes during the debate, including the New York Times on her answers on Wall Street money. I guess the blunders were too obvious to gloss over, this time.
This brings me to another point that the mainstream media has been reinforcing at every possible turn: that Hillary Clinton has the Black vote all sewn up. But does she? Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson ran his own online poll:
Both Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison endorsed Bernie Sanders a couple of months ago. Last week, it was that powerhouse of a leader, Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, who switched her support to Sanders. Ellison, in his message announcing his endorsement, wrote that his decision to endorse Sanders was a matter of conscience.
Not everything is as some would like you to think it seems. Do yourself and the nation a favor, keep listening to your conscience. Don’t let the hype get to you.
One of the highlights of the debate was when the candidates were asked what was the most urgent danger. Sanders said global warming and, Vox’ Brad Plumer and Ezra Klein ridiculed him for it. Paul Krugman doesn’t mention Sanders, but in his op-ed for November 16, mentions President Obama as talking about global warming in terms of the gravest danger we face. He’s right about the danger of global warming. He should have mentioned Sanders and Hillary’s answers. They are relevant.
You can read Brad Plumer here.
Some of the big unions have endorsed Hillary Clinton. The NEA was first. Coincidentally, the head of that union is a long-time friend of Hillary’s. Last week, the postal workers’ union endorsed Bernie Sanders. The press has been quick to trumpet on Clinton’s growing list of endorsements, but not so much about the bitter fights by rank and file union members against their leadership in doing so. HuffPo’s headline indicates one thing, while the article expresses quite another:
Hillary Clinton Is Pulling Away From Bernie Sanders With Union Endorsements
WASHINGTON — When it came time to think seriously about endorsing a presidential candidate for 2016, Paul Feeney says it wasn’t a hard decision for members of his union.
Feeney is a shop steward for a local union of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Massachusetts. His fellow members haven’t forgotten the time they were in an ugly contract battle with Verizon back in 2003. One day, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) showed up and joined the workers on their picket line. He delivered one of the trademark fiery speeches that, more than a decade later, the rest of the country would come to recognize.
“They remember when Sanders stood up on the back of a pickup truck and addressed our members,” Feeney said. “The person who went to bat for them the most was Bernie Sanders. And that means something to people.”
The endorsement from Feeney’s local union council says a lot about organized labor in the Democratic presidential primary. Three months out from the Iowa caucus, some of the biggest unions have already lined up behind front-runner Hillary Clinton, believing the former secretary of state has the best chance of defeating whoever Republicans end up nominating. And yet there’s a deep, abiding passion for Sanders among much of the liberal rank and file, no doubt because he’s been a relentless proponent of collective bargaining throughout his 25 years in Congress. The zealous support for Sanders says as much about Clinton as it does about the self-described democratic socialist.
“His politics are much more clearly aligned with the labor movement than Clinton’s politics are,” said Larry Hanley, president of the 180,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, which hasn’t yet endorsed a candidate. Sanders recently sent a letter of support to ATU members in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as they try to fend off pension cuts proposed by the city’s bus system, the Rapid. It’s much harder to envision Clinton wading into a contract battle with a local transit system.