Late Night Schadenfreude Open Thread: Sandernistas in Disarray!

I’m a small, petty person rooted in Irish-American grievance culture; of course I’m enjoying this…

After a pair of setbacks this week — the acrimonious shakeup of his staff in New Hampshire on Sunday and loss of the Working Families Party’s endorsement to Elizabeth Warren a day later — Sanders’ allies and former aides are worried that recent disappointments are not one-off stumbles but rather emblematic of larger problems in his bid for the White House. The concerns are particularly acute in New Hampshire.

“Seeing the campaign not be able to outshine Warren with WFP progressives doesn’t have me questioning WFP’s process,” said Rafael Shimunov, a former national creative director for WFP and 2016 Sanders volunteer. “It has me questioning where the Bernie campaign could have done better, because I want to make sure the strongest candidate unmasks Biden and unseats Trump.”

The worries come as the campaign enters a critical, more urgent phase. After Labor Day, more voters typically tune in to an election and begin to make up their minds. Expectations for Sanders are sky-high, especially in New Hampshire, where he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 22 percentage points…

Jeff Weaver, a top Sanders adviser, told POLITICO that numerous rank-and-file members in the WFP support Sanders and that his ground game in New Hampshire and other early states is strong. The Sanders campaign says it has 14 times as many identified voters in the Granite State than it had at this time in 2016 and it is doubling his field staff there from 26 to 50 employees. He said the campaign’s national and states staff are in daily contact, and that he has a regular “states call” in which he asks his aides across the country to be honest about the problems they’re seeing…

[Professional cynics point out that Tad Devine jumped ship on Sanders, but Comic Book Guy / Best Bernie Bud Weaver seems determined to hang on to the bitter end. Some of these professionals say that Weaver’s loyalty is… not necessarily the best for the Sanders campaign.]
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Open Thread: Speaking of Media Village Idiocies…

Bernie-sympathetic media figure speaks to Sanders supporters, hears what he wants to hear…

All the top campaigns are taking the possibility of a contested convention seriously and have begun wooing the party’s 700-plus super delegates, who thanks to a new rule will only get to weigh in on a nominee if next year’s primaries and caucuses fail to produce a clear winner.

On the sidelines of the DNC meeting, senior campaign aides charged with hunting for delegates could be seen stalking the halls and schmoozing with super delegates into the wee hours of the mornings, keeping close track of lists of people they wanted to connect with in person. Behind the scenes, candidates have been making calls to super delegates for months and took time at the meeting to make the rounds to gatherings of delegates…

The last time Democrats went into their convention without a presumptive nominee already having a majority of delegates was 1984. And you have to go all the way back to 1952 to find the last time it took multiple rounds of ballots to pick the standardbearer.

But this time, it might happen again, according to many of the nearly two dozen state party chairs, DNC members, campaign delegate counters and other officials surveyed here by NBC News, most of whom did not want to speak for the record about the sensitive subject…

While Republican primaries are winner-take-all, Democrats’ are not. Any candidate who gets at least 15 percent of the vote can earn delegates from a primary or caucus, so its not uncommon for candidates to split each state’s delegate haul.

Some worry that the first four states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) will deliver a split decision, and California and other Super Tuesday states will fracture, giving multiple candidates a reason to stay in the contest and the money to do so, thanks to energized grassroots donors…

BREAKING NEWS: Professionals prepare for possible outcomes, no matter how slim the chances.

The actual “news” here, IMO, is that Bernie Sanders will once again hang on until & after the convention, even after it’s mathematically impossible for him to win, even if that means guaranteeing a Repub win. Or, if you prefer to be as kind as possible, Sanders’ staff and supporters intend to keep Bernie in the race until & after the convention, because that’s where their checks & egoboo are. This is my (not hardly) shocked face, people.








Election 2020 Open Thread: BS Economics

And when we run out of the right paper to print currency, we’ll have the Treasury fax some more over! This is not actually fair to the Sanders campaign; reading the article, Kelton is identified as just one of Sanders’ economic advisors, and mostly interested in promoting her own messianic interest in M.M.T. (modern monetary theory):

Kelton is the foremost evangelist of a fringe economic movement called Modern Monetary Theory, which, in part, argues that the government should pay for programs requiring big spending, such as the Green New Deal, by simply printing more money. This is a polarizing idea…

One the other hand, that the Sanders campaign is willing to embrace such a polarizing idea — or, at least, that the campaign hasn’t made an effort to either explain M.M.T. or stand Kelton back a tad — doesn’t really soothe our lowly Democratic anxieties about being labelled the party that wants to steal voters’ money and give it to unworthy third parties…








Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Schadenfreude Open Thread: Bizarro-Trump Feels Badly Used

THEY SAID THEY LOVED HIM FOR HIS VAST POLICY PROPOSALS, BUT NOW THEY ARE MOCKING HIS SAGGING POLLS!


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Late Night Open Thread: Good for Harris

Vermont’s been considered a high-risk, low-reward state — only 16 primary delegates out of 4,690 nationwide”, chosen on Super Tuesday when the media attention will be on bigger prizes. And Sanders is popular with his constituents, if only because he’s familiar (and their expectations are low). But if Harris is running a fifty-state campaign, putting a VT marker down now would seem the smart move. If there’s local interest, she’s in a position to expand as the race heats up (and it’ll draw media attention!); If the new office doesn’t do well, best to get it out of the way early.
 

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Speaking of late-night weirdness, and the Green Mountain state’s senator…