Superdelegates are not mysterious, hidden figures, manipulating strings behind the scenes: They’re people like Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are established politicians that have to answer to the base if they want a future in the party. Defying a clear victory in the delegate count is a poor way to foster goodwill among ones supporters.
Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump. Continue reading Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong
Despite frequent calls for unity throughout the evening, the disagreements between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters was on full display at the McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner at the Verizon Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, last night. Continue reading Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’
I blame the Democrats’ debacle on many things, among them their smug confidence in the “ground game”. In fact, the Republicans turned out more voters in significant states than the Dems, largely because they had more motivation and more passion. Continue reading My Three Cents Worth—or Everyone Else has Analyzed the Election—why not me?
Much of the media coverage of the New York campaign presupposes that the winner of next month’s Democratic primary will be the city’s next mayor. The fact that the overwhelming majority of the nearly 5 million voters in the city are registered as Democrats is the basis for that conventional wisdom. But recent history suggests this conclusion may be more conventional than wisdom. Continue reading Is NYC Ready for a Democratic Mayor?