On Thursday afternoon of last week, MoveOn.org asked its members to weigh in on an endorsement in the 2016 primary elections. Because they don’t usually endorse in a primary, they set the bar quite hight.
From MoveOn.org, a bit a of background:
With a record-setting 78.6 percent of 340,665 votes cast by the MoveOn membership, Senator Bernie Sanders has won MoveOn.org Political Action’s endorsement for president with the largest total and widest margin in MoveOn history.
MoveOn.org only endorses candidates based on votes by our members. Our only previous presidential endorsement during a Democratic primary was for Barack Obama, in early 2008. In 2004, no Democratic candidate reached the threshold for an endorsement.
That is, quite literally, HUGE. Actually, that’s enormous, gigantic, even ginormous if none of the others go far enough for you.
And the polls are beginning to show movement along the same lines, with Bernie running neck and neck with Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire, but Bernie’s trustworthy and likability numbers are astronomical, and he beats all the GOP contenders in head-to-head match-ups, something that Mrs. Clinton cannot boast. Even the NY Times ran a story today about Clinton’s “enthusiasm” challenges.
I mentioned that yesterday, the Supreme Court heard a case that could decide the future of public-sector unions, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. All the reports I read online yesterday painted a very pessimistic outlook for the future of public unions, but Joel Silberman was a bit less convinced. He was, however, fired up about the fact that the future of the Supreme Court depends on who is elected president in November. All the more reason to make sure no Republican gets in.
Just to remind you.. this is from four years ago, but the sentiment still applies:
Last night, while many people were watching the championship college football game (does it have an official name like College Bowl?), I decided to settle in to watch the Brown & Black Forum on Fusion. In case you missed it, here are all three segments: Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton. Enjoy.
As I admitted on the show this morning, I applauded Bernie, couldn’t watch O’Malley, and was in and out during Hillary’s time. Sadly, her answers just didn’t compel me to stick around to hear more.
Three weeks till the Iowa caucuses. Oh boy!
Tonight is President Obama’s final State of the Union address. We’ll recap it and his presidency tomorrow morning with the one and only Digby! And Deborah Newell Tornello with another dip into the Oy Floriduh files because, well, it’s Florida.