And The Horse Race Reporting Begins!

Horse Race Reporting: Comin’ round the bend…

The horse-race reporting is ON, Scissorheads, and coming ’round the bend it’s Tiger Beat in the lead!

Bernie crushes 2020 Democratic field in first-day money chase

The Vermont senator rakes in $5.9 million in the first 24 hours.

That’s really impressive news, and Sanders’ average donation was something like $27 Ameros from 220K donors, which means he can keep raising money like that for a long, long time. His donors are not tapped out. Not yet.

Of course, Michael Bloomberg and Howard Schultz can raise that much money in an instant writing a check to themselves, but that doesn’t really equal support. Don’t get fooled by money reporting, look at engagement.

“Another show of his digital strength: The Vermont senator’s announcement video racked up nearly 5.4 million views on Twitter in the first day, more than any other 2020 contender’s formal announcement or exploratory committee video, most of which have been online for weeks.”

To his credit, Bernie Sanders’ 2016 policy positions are now widely adopted by most of the Democratic contenders in the 2020 Goat Rodeo, and that was what I liked about his candidacy in 2016, so he’s done us all a real favor.

With those positions now being more-or-less mainstream, it puts all of the candidates on equal footing. If Bernie doesn’t get the brass ring this time, will his followers sit out again, or will they follow the the eventual nominee?

In other words, is it a political movement or is it a cult of personality?


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6 Responses to And The Horse Race Reporting Begins!

  1. laura says:

    Cult of Personality.

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  2. donnah says:

    I see a cult of personality, too.


  3. Karla says:

    I was a Bernie voter (and contributor) for the 2016 primary. Then I contributed and voted for Hillary. I really hoped that for 2020 Bernie would declare victory for moving the Dem party to the left (closer to where it should be, IMHO) and not run again.
    I fear that his big support is way more personality than policy. I hope I’m wrong.


  4. StringOnAStick says:

    Cult of personality, being reinforced by social media fuckery.

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  5. 9thousandfeet says:

    It’s both.
    The fact is, as TG references, without Bernie setting shit on fire the way he did in 2016, today’s Dem candidates would still be floundering a hell of lot closer to the toxic focus-group and triangulating centrist windsockery that has bedeviled Dem party strategy and contributed so much to the dramatic rightward shift over the last couple of generations.

    Bernie broke the glass on the fire alarm, reached in, and pulled the lever, and it freaked the Dem party establishment out. He did that himself, personally, and had to overcome a hell of a lot of headwinds and early media indifference and no small amount of bemusement and derision (the Guardian referred to him as “that unkempt socialist” literally for fucking weeks before they actually realized what was happening, just as one mild example) before he got any traction simply by the force of his ideas and pugnacity.

    Given that, it would be astonishing if there was not a strong gravitational pull toward Bernie personally as well as policy-wise, and some understandable (though potentially disastrous and thus not really forgivable) hostility toward Other Candidates who might be seen as getting a free ride on Bernie’s coattails. His hardcore fans know he’s been pushing most of the policies that are at the heart of this Democratic Party resurgence for fucking decades, and almost nobody else has currently in US politics has a track record anywhere close to that. That there will be resistance to younger Dem candidates seen as “stealing his thunder”, whether that’s justified in objective terms or not, is not surprising at all.

    Mike Tomasky has a piece up on the Beast where he discusses the potentially disastrous side of this personal loyalty, and suggests Bernie himself should come out swinging against a repeat of that “Bernie or Bust” thing. He has a point.

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