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Two Categories Of "Other Voters" to Target To Guarantee Victory in The General

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Centrists are touting the need to win "other voters," which they mean as anti-Trump Republicans. And I agree that we need to select a candidate who reaches out to other voters. But I propose that there are much bigger groups of "other voters" who will be attracted by progressive candidates.

There is much talk among the Democratic Centrists, which includes most of the Democratic leadership about attracting "other voters," i.e., voters other than the Democratic voters who most reliably show up. These centrists and the centrist Democratic leaders are thinking about potential never-Trump or maybe-not-Trump Republican voters that Centrist policies will attract, or I'm guessing, be less likely to repel.

But there are several other classes of "other voters,"

  • non-affiliated independent voters
  • young people who have never voted before
  • people under thirty who are usually low turnout voters
  • People who are not registered voters
  • I believe there are a lot more of these other classes of "other voters" than there are potential Republicans who might vote for a centrist Democrat.

    Let's consider WHY some Republicans might vote Democratic. I would argue that the main reason would be if they were considering centrist who refused to embrace significant change, who promised to keep things the way they are. They'd vote for someone who rejects the possibility of big change. I call these people adherents to the belief in "can't-do-ism."

    The problem with this approach is that it is not inspiring. It is not the kind of approach that will motivate new voters or voters who only come out when they really feel the candidate is special. On the contrary, I believe that if a can't-do-ism candidate like Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar or Pete Butigieg becomes the candidate, he or she will not inspire the "other voter" categories I'm describing to show up at the voting polls.

    I believe that if Bernie Sanders, or, to a lesser extent, Elizabeth Warren becomes the candidate, either one will attract the "other voters" I'm describing, and the potential numbers are massively greater than the marginal few percentage points of Republicans a centrist will attract. I believe that these are not people who show up in the polls. Nowadays a huge percentage of people asked to participate in polls decline-- something like eighty percent refusal rate. My guess is that people who might not vote are less likely to respond to polls.

    As Bernie Sanders has said countless times, in order to win it is essential to get a massive turnout. I believe that to do that, the candidate must inspire hope and a feeling that voting will actually make a difference. I don't think voting against Trump is enough. I don't believe that aiming to maintain the status quo, or an incrementally little bit more is enough.

    So when people talk about attracting "other voters," straighten them out and let them know that they are right that "other voters" are the key to winning, but the true power of attracting other voters comes from the progressive vision of progressive candidates.

     

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    Others voters, folk who are not registered, people who have not voted need to hear an inspiring message. But we also need to reform the system to bring such voters into the process. Automatic Voter Registration, Voting at Home, registering people when they turn 18, passing a federal Constitutional Amendment protecting the right to vote are some steps we can take. We can also learn from nations that have international teams of election poll watchers at locations where problems have been alleged and documented. Witnesses to forms of voter suppression can put pressure on repressive forces in our country to open up the system to our citizens, including ones who don't usually participate.

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    absolutely. Totally agree with you.

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    Georgia purged more than 500,000 registered voters in 2017. This month, the Peach State got permission from a federal judge to remove more than 300,000 registered voters from voting lists. But a Chicago Tribune article notes:

    Under a new state law, election officials notified voters by mail before canceling their registrations, a step that didn't exist two years ago. Voters had 30 days to save their registrations by returning enclosed postage-paid postcards.

    The notifications and other outreach efforts, including text messages to voters from four Democratic presidential candidates, appear to have saved about 4,000 voter registrations from cancellation.


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    The candidate who is attracting the widest spectrum of "other voters" is Andrew Yang. Time to stop ignoring a candidate who has everything needed to win the election against Trump. You have the opportunity of a lifetime to back someone with a thoroughly positive message and sound policy proposals.

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    Nice guy smart, but outside of his $1000 per month per person program I'm not sure what he offers.

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    Wow! Could you be more dismissive? Have you bothered to look at his policy proposals on www.yang2020.com before stating your uncertainty? Did you miss the last debate when he made it clear that the election is about why Trump was elected and not about Trump? He is the only candidate looking at root causes of our national misfortune instead of trying to realign the results. Sanders sold himself on the empty promise of a political revolution that he couldn't be bothered to organize separately from his campaign to win the nomination. His support is afterglow from his last campaign. He has done nothing to build upon that base. How do you expect Sanders to convince a majority of voters in enough states to vote for him when he can't even convince Warren and Biden supporters he's the better candidate? Meanwhile, Yang is pulling in Trump voters ready to switch parties to vote for the best candidate.

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    It is not dismissive. It is the truth. Yang is very interesting but this is 2020 and he hasn't got. a chance to dislodge that vile, dangerous President... so we have to look to those who can beat him.

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    Warren, Biden, Sanders, and Buttigieg cannot beat Trump. They have less going for them than Hillary Clinton. They can't attract people who voted for Trump. You are so focused on defeating a "vile, dangerous President" rather than addressing the issues that voters actually care about. Ever since Trump announced his candidacy, people have been calling him names and denouncing his words and actions. Guess what? He got elected. You are doing more to keep Trump in office by dismissing Yang than if you were working phone banks to call Trump's base about the "witch hunt" impeachment.

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    The one article goes on to state that 53% of Iowa caucus goers think Sanders is too liberal and that strategists don't think he has the ability to convince independent and Trump voters. The CNN survey didn't include Yang as an option in asking about favorability and Sirota's tweet ignores that Sanders has more people who don't favor him than do in that poll. Isn't that telling you that the leading Democratic candidates are not convincing the voters who really matter, i.e. independents and Trump voters. Rob, your reply demonstrates cherry picking information to bolster a position that is no longer tenable. Sanders is going to lose the election if he is the nominee. Democratic voters want someone who is electable. The only person drawing in independents and Trump voters is Yang. Time to face the facts.

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    "You are so focused on defeating a "vile, dangerous President" rather than addressing the issues that voters actually care about."


    Really. You know this about me?

    I find that ironic, becasue the opposite is true...thus it is YOUR opinion about me.


    I was born in 1941, and lived through history, which I also taught. I Know a great deal about what presidents have done and can do!


    You are repeating the GOP spin.

    I did not make up my mind about Trump from the start.

    I have listened to all his speeches, and utterances. He can barely utter a coherent thought. He lacks real knowledge.


    I watched and listened to him display his arrogance, his ignorance and his venality. I have heard his 5000 lies, and watched as he tweeted policy and disinformation, and vile defamations. I saw him disregard our allies, endanger our troops and display a great affection for dictators. I have seen him denigrate good people, and cheat on all his wives. I have seen him dismantle the government and fill offices with sycophants and fixers.



    All playwrights know that behavior tells all. The audience listens and watches to learn the character's nature.


    It is YOU,sir, who are so focused on your position that you address me as if I am one of this "hoard" on. a "witch-hunt" who 'calls Trump names, and denounces his words and actions"


    No, I am just an old lady with a great deal knowledge and intelligence who knows incompetence to govern when I see it.


    He is dangerous, and the fact that you do not see this, is really troubling.


    As for Yang... I like him... he cannot win. Period.


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    Your reply made my point better than I did how much you revile Trump. It is a conclusion drawn from what you have written. If it is erroneous, that is because you have yet to provide any evidence to the contrary. And I would have preferred an explanation why Yang can't win than a simple statement as though it is a fact. The truth is, you don't have an explanation. What matters is how Iowans and New Hampshirites respond to Yang's ground game in the next month and the extent to which people like you recognize that winning is a matter of convincing enough voters to vote for the candidate they most agree with regardless of any poorly thought out ideal of electability.

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    The largest group of voters is the 2016 "non-voter" who stayed home because they either were not interested in either candidate or didn't care to choose between the lesser of evils.

    Another is that group of "lesser than evils" who did in fact vote. It is suggested these are the voters who put Trump in office as he was considered less evil than Hillary.

    The Independent voter is another group that also received "lesser evil" voters who still wanted to perform their civic duty but could not in good conscience vote for either Trump or Clinton.

    The fourth group is those who identify as Democrat and no matter what or who vote that way.

    A Fifth group is those who mere go by who they are told by the MSM propagandists are the best choice.

    In order to get the vote of one in the first three groups mentioned the candidate must "sell" themselves to the voter in terms of character, trustworthiness, experience, and what they stand for. Hillary proved unable to do any of these against Trump who was the only one of these two to offer anything that was bought by the voter. Hillary "sold" nothing spending most of her ad dollars on demeaning Trump, not selling herself.

    In the present line up of candidates only Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang hold up against the areas voters in these categories look for in a candidate. Warren, the chameleon, appears untrustworthy as she changes her stance on issues depending on who is listening at that moment. Biden has a history of being on the wrong side when it comes to people vs. other interests. Buttigieg, the used car salesman, appears to have character, experience, and trustworthiness issues that may eliminate him.

    The fifth group and the most dangerous giving us the lesser of evils more often than not includes Bloomberg, Steyer, Biden, and Buttigieg, while this group only hears of smears or very little about Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang who, IMHO, are the best qualified for the position of President and Commander-in-Chief of our nation.

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    I have been eligible to vote in 45 elections.

    I have missed voting in just two of those 45 years, a record that I am proud of.

    In 2016 and with a choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, I looked at one pile of crap, Donald Trump and a second pile of crap, Hillary Clinton.

    Trying to decide which of the two was the less evil, less corrupt choice, in my heart I knew that neither was less evil or less corrupt than the other.

    In 2016, I decided that I could no longer choose between the lesser of two evils.

    In 2016, I voted for Jill Stein, because in 2016 I decided that my vote would only go to a candidate that I truly believed in and who I truly believed would work for the best interests of America and the Majority of the American People, and I knew that neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton even came close to fitting that bill.

    A lot of people will say that I helped get the RUMP elected, and they may very well be correct, BUT I WILL NO LONGER, I WILL NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS!!!

    IMHO, the ONLY candidate that has a proven track record, the only candidate that has never wavered in their support of the Majority of the American People IS Bernie Sanders!!

    I have made 16 contributions to Bernie Sanders campaign for President in 2020, the first time ever in my 45 eligible voting years that I believed strongly enough in any candidate to support them financially.

    Here come the flames and the hateful responses blaming me for getting tRUMP elected and possibly re-elected in 2020- God how I hope that I am wrong about that second one!!

    In 2020, I will vote for Bernie Sanders, even if I have to write his name on my ballot,

    BECAUSE I WILL NEVER, EVER VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS EVER AGAIN,

    so let me have it,

    call me names or whatever you choose to do,

    BUT I WILL NEVER, EVER VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS EVER AGAIN!!

    I have done it far to many times over the years, BUT NEVER AGAIN!!!

    Why??

    Because, We The People DESERVE BETTER THAN THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS!!!

    Bernie Sander in 2020!!

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    I, too, voted for Jill Stein for the same reason as you. My conscience is clear as I feel I voted for the best candidate.

    Likewise in 1992 and 1996 where I voted for Ross Perot as a vote between Bush and Clinton in 1992 was one of lesser evils and in 1996 Clinton ran basically unopposed as Dole was merely a prop.

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    I also didn't vote for president in 2016. I couldn't stand Trump, but I did not like Hillary. I abstained because I felt the Democratic Party needed to abandon the "Third Way" compromises that the party has practiced, in theory to survive because the voting public rejected progressive values during the Regan Revolution.

    I got to the point where I felt my vote was taken for granted; this is not an unusual feeling for people open to vote for Democrats. You hear African-American voters, Latino and Hispanic voters same similar things.

    When asked whether I feel stupid for helping elect Trump, I relied, "The Democrats are not entitled to my vote." I believe that still, but am thinking long and hard because I view Trump as a major threat to our democracy. I don't want to vote for Biden; I hope he does not get the nomination. Mayor Pete and Snowbound Amy? I'm searching for reasons to vote for them if they win the primary season. I'll take them over Trump.

    Warren and Sanders, in that order, are the only two announced candidates I feel good about supporting.

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    Steve, I understand your position and I also do not disagree with you about anything that you said.

    I voted for Jill Stein in 2016, because like you, the democratic candidate, Hitlery Clinton, DID NOT deserve my vote.

    The reason that I can not support Warren is that she has always taken corporate, 1% and PAC money and only committed to not take this money during the primaries.

    Another reason that I can not support Warren, is that I watched her testify during a congressional hearing on vaccines a number of years ago. I had watched many of her speeches and I always liked her a LOT until I heard her testimony. It was EXTREMELY obvious to anyone that watched her speak, that her testimony was being read from a script, a script that was very obviously written by Big Pharma. Even though she obviously did not agree with what she was saying, she nevertheless followed her orders from Big Pharma and read it anyway. That was the day that I stopped supporting her, and I stopped supporting her because she sold out the American People and did what Big Pharma told her to do!!!

    One more reason that I can not support her, is that Warren, who has supported a Medicare for ALL as a major part of her platform, is already becoming wish-washy and watering down her support for a program that this country desperately needs and will benefit the vast majority of the American People!!

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    Hello Jennifer,

    I understand your vote for Stein. However, I didn't vote for her because I didn't know much about Jill and wasn't motivated to learn more about her. I still remain hopeful that the Democratic Party, my party, will learn from the Hillary defeat, and the direct statements Bernie continues to make: we need to get in touch with our non-corporate roots.

    I also understand some voters don't trust my candidate, Elizabeth Warren. I read what these folk have to say, but I'm simply not there. My take on politics is to accept the notion that it is about coalition, compromise and consensus. It's just that I want the compromise to occur as we continue to insist on more activist and progressive action. The "Third Way" worked a few decades ago, maybe; it isn't a good fit for today when so many needs continue to fester. That's what I hear Elizabeth Warren saying when she offers more nuanced support for universal healthcare, among other things. I'm all for compromise, coalition and consensus, providing that compromise happens as this country moves to what mainstream commentators call the left, both domestically and internationally. We can invest more at home by raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy and by spending less on the military and by putting a check and balance on endless, needless, elective wars. Bernie and Elizabeth take us in that direction, I still believe. Happy New Year.

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    I agree almost completely. I started voting third party after the first Clinton. After watching the massive environmental destruction on the Olympic Penninsula under Clinton-Gore, I proudly voted Nader. I was a delegate for Kucinch, and watched the DNC illegally and immorally shut him out. Screw the democrats and the republicans because they are out to screw us.

    Sanders proved himself to be a coward in 2016 by winning the primary, letting Clinton openly shaft him, and then being a cheerleader for his abuser. He ain't got what it takes to get this country to stop digging the hole meant for 99% of us.

    The only dems I would vote for are Gabbard and Williamson, but they have no chance. What category does that put me in?

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    The category that puts you in, is the category of whomever you vote for, your choice, IS YOUR RIGHT, YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHOM YOUR VOTE WILL GO TO!!

    Bernie, IMHO, was not a coward as you state.

    Although I did not agree with his support for Hitlery Clinton, I do understand That his support of the Clinton campaign was solely an attempt to unite democrats and defeat Donald tRUMP.

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    I believe Bernie caved in 2016 whereas Tulsi forsook her career by pointing out the corruption of Hillary and the DNC. Bernie took his route thinking it would change the party. We are seeing both of them treated as outsiders of the party, they have even excluded Tulsi altogether. With the support, she is gaining from Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and Democrats she could screw them over by going the third party. She wouldn't win but would take more votes from the corrupt Democrats than want to admit. She won't do that as I believe she feels she can bring about a change to the corrupted mess that smolders. She, unlike Sanders, is strong-willed and willing to put into action what she feels is correct. I believe if she was in a position of power she would make Medicare for all a reality. I do not feel the same about Bernie.

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    Bravo, well said, especially about the # of contributions to Bernie! Keep up the good work!I think he will win Iowa and South Carolina, but have some doubts about New Hampshire.


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    We know Mayor Pete is a stealth operator for the elites, but look at this chart:


    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/11/08/2020-presidential-election-democratic-candidates-national-security-employees-contributions/


    Is it correct? Is anyone posing this to Bernie?

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    STOP SAYING "CENTRIST."

    PERIOD.

    AND FOREVER.


    You guys are your own worst enemies. There is nothing negative about being in the center to the overwhelming majority of Americans. You are helping the neo-liberal, corrupt, imperialists through sheer ignorance. Stop it. "Centrist" should no longer be typed. You make them sound legitimate and yourself sound like an extremist. For f*ck's sake. It's so obvious.

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    Bear Kosik:

    Your reply to Susan was insulting. You ignored everything she said. She supplied plenty of reasons for removing Trump, and yet you said she had none.

    While Yang seems well meaning and has good ideas, he simply does not have the support or name recognition to win the nomination. Maybe in four years he can build on what he has started.

    I did not agree with Bernie's endorsement of Hillary. I think it was a political move on his part that obviously failed because she wasn't elected. But I'm still for Bernie: he has the ideas, the experience, the support, and every poll I've seen with him against Trump, he has won.

    I fear though his nomination will be blocked, and if this appears to be happening, I believe he should form a ticket with Warren. While her views are too conservative for me, she is enough of a Progressive that the corporate Dems want to block her too. Together they can form a strong Progressive coalition that will force the Democratic Party to move left. As Bernie says, "Not me, but us."

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