Bernie Sanders comes from far back to finish in a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton

Last night in Iowa, Bernie Sanders achieved what seemed impossible nine months ago. He overcame Hillary Clinton’s seemingly insurmountable lead and finished in a virtual tie. Something happened on her ‘way to the forum,’ so to speak. He derailed her expected coronation.

Last night, he said,

Iowa, thank you. Nine months ago, we came to this beautiful state. We had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition, and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America. And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie.”

His remarkable achievement in Iowa is even more impressive when one considers that he is a social democrat with virtually no name recognition outside of New England. He financed his campaign with donations that averaged $27. By contrast Hillary Clinton is well known and well financed with a war chest consisting of millions of dollars contributed by wealthy individual donors and corporations.

Here’s the breakdown of who voted for the two candidates. The New Yorker is reporting,

The age gap between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters was huge. According to the entrance polls, which wrongly predicted a Clinton victory, Sanders got eighty-six per cent of the Democratic vote in the seventeen-to-twenty-four age group, eighty-one per cent in the twenty-five-to-twenty-nine group, and sixty-five per cent in the thirty-to-thirty-nine age group. Clinton, by contrast, was largely reliant on the middle-aged and the elderly. Among forty-something voters, she won by five percentage points. Among the over-fifties, she won by more than twenty per cent.

I have been saying for a long time that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president from either party who has identified and proposed solutions for the most serious problems that we face. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is literally the establishment candidate who wants to stay the course that has failed to improve the lot of the vanishing middle class. Her foreign policy views are neoconservative and she supports the reprehensible exploitation of natural and human resources by U.S. corporations. Regrettably, she also supports regime change as a means to protect the financial interests of those corporations. In practice, regime change is antidemocratic because it involves destabilizing democratically elected reform-minded governments and replacing them with military dictatorships. For example, think of Honduras which has turned into the murder capitol of Central America after she supported the military coup that replaced the elected civilian government and commenced a war against reform-minded people protesting the loss of their democracy while seeking to protect human rights.

She also supports the policy best described by the expression, “Don’t sacrifice the good for the perfect.” Her willingness to settle for half-a-loaf when policies and priorities need to change dramatically to protect the middle class and rebuild the economy is discouraging. Her cautious approach does not inspire and that is why her support comes from older people.

His attention is on the future. Her attention is on the past.

I endorsed Bernie Sanders long ago and I hope you will vote for him too.

11 Responses to Bernie Sanders comes from far back to finish in a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton

  1. silk says:

    u gotta be careful with politics

  2. silk says:

    I beleave sanders won but it was fix for Hillary

  3. Real says:

    So Bernie insists on a whole loaf, and ends up with a quarter loaf, while Hillary negotiates for a half a loaf. – The president has to work with congress to get things done.

  4. bettykath says:

    I’ve known of Bernie Sanders for many years. So glad he is doing so well. re: Iowa caucus: It seems that when a county caucus count results in a tie and there is an odd number of delegates, instead of splitting the delegate (hard to do if it’s a real person) the candidate receiving that delegate is determined by a flip of the coin. All six such ties gave an extra delegate to Clinton. It doesn’t mean that the coin flip was heads (or tails) with each flip, just that it was called head or tails for Clinton. And there were 60 votes that “got lost”. And it depended on who did the counting, the Bernie’s or the Hillary’s, as to whether or not those leaving before the end were in the final count. The Bernie’s didn’t count the leavers, the Hillary’s counted them. Soooo, Bernie won the popular vote, Hillary won the delegates.

  5. Malisha says:

    In fact, I think Bernie Sanders has a better chance than Hillary has of beating any of the Repugnicans who are likely to run this time around. As soon as I saw him on the political horizon I wanted him in office but I was afraid he couldn’t charge through the bullshit to get the nomination. Now we know he can. There’s still a scary election coming up but if Bernie is the Democratic candidate, it is quite possible that enough Americans will run the voter-blockade to get him elected.

  6. Two sides to a story says:

    Now they say only Hillary can beat the Republican nominee. I say baloney!

  7. Rachael says:

    BERN BABY BERN!!!!!

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