Remember how in 2016 all the Alt right guys and Alex Jones conspiracy guys blew up to their highest national profile ever, and the subsequent scrutiny pretty much destroyed them? That’s what rose emoji twitter is about to go through, like a supernova
— Canadian Bread Price Fixing (@MenshevikM) February 5, 2020
This is not an attempt to draw a one-to-one rhetorical comparison, it’s just everyone was forced to care about Baked Alaska and Milo and like 50 other flunkies until we very rapidly did not
— Canadian Bread Price Fixing (@MenshevikM) February 5, 2020
TFW when you blow half your war chest to try and prove you can get non-voters to the polls but the predicted surge doesn’t hit.https://t.co/aSA0VxiNbg
— An Antic Disposition ?? (@pavanvan) February 5, 2020
… When Bernie Sanders’ campaign was preparing for a potential win in the first 2020 contest Monday, his aides and allies envisioned him giving a primetime victory speech, raising millions of dollars from small-dollar donors amid their ecstatic high, and savoring proving so many elites wrong at a party at the Holiday Inn.
Instead, Sanders and his senior aides found themselves working to reassure demoralized and shaken staffers and volunteers on Tuesday.
In a last-minute all-staff call around noon, Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, told aides that the Iowa Democratic Party had been incompetent and the delayed results were frustrating. But, he said, it was critical to appreciate what had just happened despite receiving the most negative news coverage of any 2020 campaign…
This was not what the Sanders campaign had expected to happen, to put it mildly. Excitement had been building among his team and its allies for days leading up to the Iowa caucuses. While campaigning throughout the state, Sanders himself appeared in a good mood, smiling and cracking more jokes than usual. He said his wife, Jane, would make a great first lady; Rep. Ilhan Omar, a top surrogate, said at events that they were going to send Sanders to the White House.
Then on Monday, hundreds of Sanders’ supporters — his Iowa precinct whips and captains; Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan; members of the Sunrise Movement, a group of young climate change activists; campaign co-chair Rep. Ro Khanna — packed into a hotel next to the airport for what felt like it could be an historic night. The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd milled around, along with reporters from around the world…
In the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ senior adviser, lashed out at Iowa Democratic Party leader Troy Price in a call with the 2020 presidential campaigns, saying “the whole process has been a fraud for 100 years.” He told POLITICO that “there is no doubt” that Nevada, which had been planning until Tuesday to use the same app that failed in Iowa, should “disregard” it. On the flight to New Hampshire, Sanders said he was “disappointed” that Iowa Democrats couldn’t release timely results…
About that Holiday Inn party venue:
At a pre-caucus party, a Bernie supporter did a call and response.
“When I say ‘Fuck,’ you say ‘Warren!’”
“Fuck,” he yelled. “Warren,” the audience answered back.
He did the same for the other candidates. JFC.https://t.co/A2UcfYYPxE
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) February 6, 2020
… The Sanders shindig Sunday night was conjured by the hosts of Chapo Trap House, the popular podcast of the self-proclaimed “dirtbag left” — the radicalized, often vulgar, and sometimes hilarious internet creatures all in for Bernie. The show’s hosts gathered in a tiny and graffiti-covered back room that looked like a charming imitation of a Lower East Side dive bar bathroom and discussed their candidate’s chances in the caucuses and whether one could get HBO interested in a miniseries starring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Out on the dance floor, a massive image of Jeffrey Epstein’s bungalow on Little Saint James, otherwise known as “Pedophile Island,” was being beamed onto the walls.
Rumors about the results of the scuppered Des Moines Register poll — the hotly anticipated barometer for Democratic candidates that was shelved the day before due to data-collection hiccups were flying around the bar. The poll’s results supposedly were good for Bernie and bad for the centrists, particularly those they call Uncle Joe and “Mayo Pete.” Upon hearing the gossip, one canvasser began twerking to scattered applause.
Another hopped on stage and grabbed a microphone for a call and return with the crowd.
“When I say ‘Fuck,’ you say ‘Biden!’”…
But, after what happened in the last primary cycle, these warriors had reason to be feeling vengeful. And though the hopeful vibes for their candidate’s chances in the caucuses were radiating around the room, they could see the establishment forces conspiring against them in real time. Even before the squelched caucus results threw this whole thing into a blender, a drumbeat of Democratic dreck had been fueling rage in the Bernieverse. First there were stories that Obama privately remarked that he would speak out against Sanders if necessary. Then came the trailer for Hulu’s new Hillary, pouring some Clinton haterade into the mix. Des Moines was buzzing that weekend over an NBC report that John Kerry was overheard at a hotel nearby saying that he would be willing to enter the race to stop “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic party.” (Kerry has emphatically denied this.) On MSNBC Chris Matthews was saying on a Morning Joe panel discussion in Iowa that Sanders could win “real big” here but that “Bernie Sanders is not going to be president of the United States.”…
Words I seldom say: One hopes Chris Matthews is correct.
None of this argument made any sense.
Buttigieg is on track to win the Iowa caucus, and he did it by literally bringing over disenchanted Independents and Republicans. Look at the facts before making claims like this. https://t.co/NQqJhSfvP0
— Nick ?? (@TossupReport) February 5, 2020
bernie commendably didn't push conspiracy theories in his post caucus speech, and yet for the past 24 hours every single fuckin bernie supporter in my feed has been posting Qanon level garbage about shadow corp dot net or whatever anyways, weird how that keeps happening
— krapp's last take (@mmcgrath42) February 5, 2020
"They don't believe in winning."
Nailed it – Chapo thrives on grievance and us vs them politics. Bernie winning would hurt their business model. https://t.co/LsTWUeXEiz
— Shannon (@TheStagmania) February 5, 2020