I am a little tired of the mainstream media telling us who is going to win the primaries. I was in the room when then-presidential candidate Gov. Howard Dean, supposedly gave “the yell.” The next morning, the news shows replayed it 60 times that I saw, and out of context, Dean looked like a wild crazy man, and Kerry took the glide path.
The press didn’t mention that the room was huge, holding over 3000 cheering people. They didn’t tell you that Gov. Dean’s wore his voice down to nearly nothing, and he had a bad cold. They didn’t mention that the mic filtered out the noise of the crowd, and he had to shout to be heard. The media’s jackhammer on “the yell” took Dean down.
In 2016, they haven’t stopped trying to sway our opinion, even most liberal sites. Yes, Hillary Clinton does have more super-delegates than Bernie Sanders, but what the media almost always fails to mention is that those super-delegates can jump ship any time and go pro-Sanders. Not only that, the polls are just snapshots in time taken where all sorts of things can change.
Don’t get me started on how the question wags the answer, either, because I know how to get a desired outcome. All you have to do is phrase the question carefully to create a bias, for example:
‘When did Bernie stop beating Hillary? Reply to only one answer: 2 months ago, 2 years ago, or 20 years ago.’
But let’s look at the facts. Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, he believes that he will likely do far better than people anticipate:
‘I think we have a shot to win a number of states on Super Tuesday, do better than people thought and think in other states.’
Sanders commented on Massachusetts, which has the third largest number of delegates of any state during Super Tuesday. This state, unlike the winner-take-all states, distributes its delegates proportionally.
The Vermont senator believes his chances are good in the state where “a lot of young people are burdened with this outrageous student debt“:
‘The young people and their parents want public colleges and universities to be tuition-free, and they want the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes.’
Sanders says the number of people he draws to his rallies are a measure indicative that he will do better than others anticipated:
‘We had 10,000 people out in Austin; 8,000 people out in Dallas. It’s a tough state for us. But I think we’re going to do better than that polling indicated.’
Sanders said he will do well in Oklahoma with a good chance in states like Michigan, New York state, and California that come in after Super Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls in the 12 Super Tuesday states that form the crescent along the Gulf of Mexico. But polls do not take into account Sanders’ extraordinary leap from the bottom. Sanders says his message resonates, and he will do better than expected:
‘We’ve got a shot to win those states.’
Funny, that is almost exactly what the scientists of the sixties must have said:
‘We’ve got a shot at the moon.’
H/T: The Hill