“…Democrats win elections when voter turnout is high; Republicans win elections when voter turnout is low. … Any objective person would assess that the new energy in this campaign, from young people, from working class people, is with our campaign, not Secretary Clinton’s campaign.” – Bernie Sanders on “Morning Joe”
AT ONE POINT in the “Morning Joe” interview on Tuesday, Jane Sanders broke in to rebut Hillary Clinton saying that she’s “a progressive who likes to get things done.” Hillary’s minimizing the message, according to Mrs. Sanders. That HRC’s saying Democratic progressives can only get so much and then they have to be willing to compromise. That’s not verbatim, but it’s the sentiment.
It’s something I noticed when Clinton started repeating the phrase, “a progressive who gets things done,” and its variations. I think she’s cleverly signaling to moderates, which she once said she is (that’s true), that she’s a progressive but that she will get results regardless.
Democrats have been saying things like this forever. Teasing up what progressives want to hear with a silent nod to so-called moderates that they needn’t worry. Clinton has learned the language of the general election but she still needs to win the nomination.
She’s got a firewall in the south, right, but how the nomination is won matters.
Watching the interview on “Morning Joe” I was struck by Bernie’s Trumpian candor that went well beyond what The Donald can offer. Bernie is blunt about what his ideas will cost and how to accomplish what he sees as necessary. Lifting the cap on Social Security is something politicians on both sides should be talking about, but nothing is more urgent than our health care costs.
What Bernie and his supporters have accomplished since he announced is STAGGERING and he’s not even close to stopping.
As Hillary Clinton begins to make the electability argument.
Spokesperson Michael Briggs pointed to a December Quinnipiac poll showing Sanders beating Trump 51-38 percent, compared to 47-40 percent for Clinton. Sanders beat Sen. Ted Cruz by 10 percentage points, compared to Clinton’s 5, and he bested Dr. Ben Carson by 6 points versus Clinton’s 3 points.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from October found that Sanders outperformed Clinton in general election matchups in Iowa and New Hampshire almost across the board.
Second, his campaign argues that he is uniquely capable of driving massive voter turnout in November, implying that Clinton would fail to motivate voters.
“I think it’s pretty clear that a low-energy, low-turnout election in November would be disastrous for Democrats. But by energizing and engaging young people, which I think everyone has seen [Sanders do] across the country, and voters that do not often participate in elections, we can create the type of wave that will create big gains for Democrats in the Congress and at the state level while continuing us having a Democrat in the White House,” Weaver said on the call.
Electability is a very weak argument, closing or otherwise.