Straw Poll: Bernie Wins BigTime
Well, the dead state straw poll is over, and Bernie won big time.
Yet, once a horse's ass, always a horse's ass.
This edition of the Daily Kos Straw Poll was fortuitously timed with Bernie Sanders’ presidential announcement, providing a surge of interest and excitement internet-wide—including a strong effort by supporters to drive people to the poll.
If you think there’s anything untoward about that, there’s not! The Straw Poll measures the intensity of online support, and there’s nothing stopping supporters of other campaigns from doing the same. You can certainly see the surge of new voters in the sample size—with the poll hitting 50,000 participants for the first time ever.
And we’d be excited at 10,000 in the 2016 cycle ...
Sen. Amy Klobuchar was about the only candidate who maintained support in the face of the Sanders surge. Beto O’Rourke has been considering another Senate run in Texas, and given the waning interest in a presidential bid, that appears to be the right bet. It’s certainly the only one that would make EVERY Democrat happy.
Gov. Jay Inslee is one of like 20 white men who think they want to run, but there’s no room for them in this field. Just look at “other” and “unsure.” This is a field that has a handful of giants, some mid-term prospects, and then …. oblivion.
The giants? Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden. Maybe Beto if he runs. The mid-tier is Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, and … I think that’s it. Cory Booker has the potential to make it to this level even though he just got relegated again.
Everyone else? I don’t see how there’s any oxygen left in the room. Do you?
As for Bernie, he used to regularly score 53-73 percent in the 2016 cycle,
What did I expect him to say? Not this.
"And in two weeks, we should be able to enable the ability to vote via mobile device, which could usher in the era of . "
Not in a million years. We are done with him. We proved our point, and we have no intention of returning to this pitiful site and feeding his delusion of grandeur regarding this pitiful poll.
The giants? Seriously, Brown and O'Rourke? Apparently, even Kos doesn't take his miserable little poll seriously.
And last but not least is this steaming pile of horse dung.
"As for Bernie, he used to regularly score 53-73 percent in the 2016 cycle, so even at 44 percent, it’s still a different world."
As we worked behind the scenes to show Kos we/Bernie still owned him, someone commented that Kos would declare Bernie the loser because he only got 44% of the vote and everyone else got 56%.
This is a wee bit old but still fits like a glove.
The Markos Moulitsas of 2016 uneasily lingers on from those heady Netroots days, like some errant looping transmission from a long-lost spaceship — a hologram still beaming from some distant spot in the galaxy, screeching about a Borg attack that claimed his life many lightyears ago.
Frankly, it seems in poor taste to bring up Moulitsas’s name in any volume above a whisper, in the somber way the Irish might refer to a relation who never wrote after leaving for America. When, as with Moulitsas, one’s working assumptions and grand strategy have been pulverized again and again and again and again and again — an entire life’s work rendered as laughable as a small hat on a big dog — well, it seems unnecessary to stamp the dirt down harder.
And yet. Two months out from the shock demolition of the Democratic Party, the most faithful acolytes are not getting it. Someone like Moulitsas, an irrelevancy himself, can only be a real, pressing threat when marching in lockstep with the rest of a vast zombie horde — a sea of dead flesh which somehow is still upright, clogging the highways, trapping those still alive and trying to break out, in a waking nightmare without end. It is the only way of explaining a Democratic Party, from Markos Moulitsas to Cory Booker to Rahm Emanuel, cheering the demise of decent health care as a going concern for many Americans.
And that's just the introduction. If you missed it the first time around or it has just been a while, enjoy the trip.