Some primaries have cleared fields (Al Gore in 2000, Hillary Clinton in 2016), so there’s either no real primary, or a two-candidate field. But every single primary with a large contested field narrows. What would have been unprecedented would’ve been a split fragmented field going all the way to the convention, and then having a contested convention. Every cycle we think, “is this the year it happens?” and then it doesn’t. Because that’s unprecedented in the era of the modern popularly elected primary system. (As opposed to when party insiders decided the nominee in smoke-filled back rooms.)
But fact is, Sanders was running at about half the votes he received in 2016. He wasn’t on the brink of winning. He was just leading a multi-candidate field with a fraction of his previous support. As I wrote previously, “He even managed to lose ground in Mississippi, where he’d only gotten 16.6% of the vote in 2016.”
There’s clearly some CYA going on here, as Tulchin, the pollster, claimed that Sanders was only behind Biden in South Carolina by 4 points (!) according to their internal polling, and that a public poll showing Sanders trailing by 20 was “an outlier.” Biden won by 29.
So we had a campaign operating under the hope that the field will remain fragmented all the way to the convention, using data that was hopelessly wrong. What more could go wrong? Well, having a candidate that wasn’t interested in doing the work it takes to actually build coalitions.
By Cara Zelaya
Just turn on CNN on a debate or primary night and you’ll see that former presidential candidate Andrew Yang hasn’t vanished from the public sphere since suspending his campaign in February. The newly minted pundit, whose vocal support for a universal basic income is more relevant to Americans than ever, endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden on live television last week. As the White House and Congress work to support the nation through the COVID-19 pandemic’s widespread impact on the economy, Yang has found increased support for his once-unique idea of a $1,000 per month payment for all Americans in some unlikely places, most notably from Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.
On Friday, March 20, Daily Kos caught up with Yang for a quick phone call about the current crisis and how the country can move through and past it … and his own plans for the future.
That’s it for this Sunday, folks! But tell us in the comments: What stories did you read this week that stuck with you? Anything that you think flew under the radar that we might have missed? Looking forward to chatting with y’all below!