Politico 'investigation' declares Our Revolution is done
Politico's latest click-bait headline sure promised more than it could deliver.
Bernie Sanders’ top operatives formed “Our Revolution” after he lost the 2016 primaries to keep his army organized and motivated — and potentially prepare for another presidential run in 2020.
But an extensive review of the Sanders-inspired group depicts an organization in disarray — operating primarily as a promotional vehicle for its leader and sometimes even snubbing candidates aligned with Sanders. Our Revolution has shown no ability to tip a major Democratic election in its favor — despite possessing Sanders’ email list, the envy of the Democratic Party — and can claim no major wins in 2018 as its own.
The result has left many Sanders supporters disillusioned, feeling that the group that was supposed to harness the senator's grass-roots movement is failing in its mission. The problems have also fueled doubts about Sanders’ organizational ability heading into 2020, even after his out-of-nowhere near-march to the nomination two years ago. Critics of the Vermont independent had been worried he’d have a juggernaut-in-waiting to fuel a second presidential campaign, but that anxiety has faded after watching Our Revolution the past year and a half.
It goes on to say how not everything is perfect in the organization, and that it doesn't jump into every high-profile race, and most of all - Nina Turner Bad.
Their proof was a couple quotes and unnamed sources.
TheWeek jumped in with Is Bernie Sanders' revolution spluttering out?
It looks like Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution is done...unless you talk to voters.
Unfortunately for Politico, a new survey came out today.
A CBS News/YouGov poll (pdf) asked Democrats, Independents, and those who lean toward voting for Democrats to choose between two options for what Democratic candidates' "first priority" should be. A full 72 percent said they want to see party candidates prioritize a progressive political agenda. The remaining 28 percent opted for merely opposing President Donald Trump's agenda.
Strong support for a progressive agenda was also reflected in responses to a question asked of everyone surveyed—including Republicans and Republican-leaning voters—that aimed to gauge the potential impact of endorsements: The largest amount of respondents, 29 percent, said they would be "more likely" to vote for a candidate endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), more than double that of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
So Bernie's agenda, and endorsement, still matters to Dem voters.
Interestingly, it matters to non-voters as well.
A similar phenomenon emerged when poll respondents were asked who would actually get them to show up at the polls in a presidential race. The overwhelming answer was “No/None/No one"—followed by "Bernie Sanders."
Since half of eligible voters are non-voters, Bernie could be the magic ingredient.