[edit: This thread has basically turned into the place where I post about the 2020 election as it pertains to Bernie Sanders, I'm sure not everyone cares to hear about it so I figured I'd keep it contained to this thread]
It's not exactly a secret that corporate interests have their candidates they want to win and the ones they want to lose, it's also no secret that the the Dem party (and GOP) is controlled by those corporate interests, and they also control the narratives in the news, since most news outlets are funded mostly by those corporate interests.
An example of the narratives being BS is when Wikileaks released documents that show that Hillary's campaign was feeding narratives to journalists from different news sources.
I've been following the polls these news outlets put out the last few years, and especially the polls that are coming out during the 2020 campaign. Here are a couple examples of how the narrative is shaped regardless of reality (these types of things have been happening a LOT lately)
The methodology used is often BS, they'll survey only landlines, which will favor Biden, Kamala, etc since Bernie basically has the market cornered on the 18 - 40 demographic, a demographic that is less likely to have a landline. Or here they'll just cut out the 18 - 40 demo completely:
Here's Clara Jeffery the Editor in Chief at Mother Jones, perpetuating the false narrative that black people don't like Bernie (a narrative that can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy since people will assume it's true and that won't exactly lead to more black people becoming interested in Bernie) Her tweet, and next to it the methodology which she didn't mention in her tweet, probably not a mistake since this kind of thing happens constantly.
Here's MSNBC being dishonest (shocker)
Due to these corporate interests the Democratic party, just like in 2016, will push only a corporate candidate like Biden, Kamala, etc, really anyone but Bernie and Tulsi Gabbard, they're financially obligated to not nominate Bernie or Tulsi. Like the saying goes, the Dem party would rather lose with a moderate than win with a progressive
They will force Biden or Kamala, maybe
Warren, even if it means losing to Trump again. In 2016 they shut out Bernie who had tons of genuine support and energy behind him and instead chose Hillary who had no grassroots support and was extremely unpopular.
Another thing to keep in mind regarding polls that have to do with elections is they put a bit of a thumb on the scale with the older generations like 60+, which I understand since the 60+ demo ALWAYS go out and vote and younger people don't quite as much, especially
during midterms. That being said, the 2018 midterm was the first time time Millennials came out in larger numbers than Baby Boomers, partly because there were candidates that actually energized younger people to vote (some of which are part of the so called "Squad" I guess is what ppl are calling them).
Anyway, a more accurate way to gauge people's popularity is to look at their campaign's individual donor numbers (not to be confused with individual contributions)
The vast majority of Bernie's donors contribute less than $100 and almost no corporate $$$ or PAC $$$, the average donation for his campaign is about $18, having that in mind while seeing that he has raised more money than the other candidates is pretty insane.
money with a small average donation of $18 with no corporate money has to be some kind of record. That's called 'grassroots support', that's energy that will translate into voter turnout.
On the other hand having a small amount of individual donors but still a lot of money raised isn't a great sign of genuine support or energy, it means there are a lot of corporations contributing large amounts of $$$.
Here's a breakdown of the top candidates numbers based off of their FEC filings:
Keep in mind that Trump currently has around 750,000 individual donors
, that should scare any non-Trump supporter, it would suggest that we definitely should not
gamble on candidates who can't compete with Trump's very real support (you know, like the DNC tried in 2016), and we should definitely go with the candidate who actually does compete, Bernie also has about 750,000 individual donors. Biden and Kamala aren't even close, they have no chance
against Trump in 2020.
The MSM can prop up their corporate candidates as much as they want, but it won't translate into voter turn out, Biden will not energize voters, Kamala won't, Beto won't, their campaigns are astroturf. Warren has decent support but she can't compete with Trump when it comes to getting out the vote, and also Trump would destroy her in the General debates. People will come out to vote against Trump but a hell of a lot more would come out if they also had a decent candidate to vote for
, but we never do, that's why over 100Million stay home during election time, no one really gives a s*** about the corporate empty suits the establishments put in front of us.
Despite all this the MSM and the Democratic party are still going to force Biden on us (oh god that sounds wrong), or Kamala, and if they're desperate they'll resort to Warren. Like Bernie she's also not corporate friendly so the DNC aren't super pumped about her, but they know that unlike Bernie she will break under pressure as she has done many times in the past 4 years, and as Bernie has not
done in the past 40 years.