Bernie Sanders Courts African-American Voters in First South Carolina Swing. "Exploratory Tour?!"

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      Land of Enchantment
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      Bernie Sanders makes presidential exploratory tour stop in North Charleston.

      Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at Royal Baptist Family Life and Banquet Center in North Charleston as part of a presidential exploratory tour on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Lauren Petracca/Staff

      https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/bernie-sanders-courts-african-american-voters-in-first-south-carolina/article_56274290-1e79-11e9-8f2b-1f92d70a857f.html

      “Sanders ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 but failed to secure it despite a grassroots campaign that resonated with many. He also lost here in South Carolina, where he struggled to win over African American voters against Hillary Clinton during the first-in-the-South primary.

      But already, Sanders seems to have taken notes from his 2016 loss and is putting those lessons into action that could help him raise his standing among the all-important black vote in the Democratic primary who he failed to convince last time. 

      “He’s learned from his last run and he recognizes if he’s serious about winning the presidency or the nomination, that he needs to do more to get black voters to know who he is and what he stands for,” said state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, the state’s longest-serving black House member.

      Sanders did not mention 2020 once during his 20-minute remarks in North Charleston, but he did cryptically tell the crowd, “We have a lot of work in front of us.” As Sanders walked off the stage, the crowd erupted into a chant of “Run Bernie, run!”

        

       

       

       

       

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Some of the Bernie Bros. are definitely looking more Bro-like, aren’t they?

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      I think veteran union organizer Jane McAlevey would call Bernie’s visit a “structure test.” Typically before a well-organized union goes out on strike, it attempts to assess the strength and loyalty of the rank and file.

      One such test came some time ago when United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl increased the union dues. In general, teachers were overwhelmingly supportive of the increase. That was a very good omen. Additional structure tests provided increased evidence of the union’s solidarity and of parental and community support. Of course, the outcome of the strike was far from a sure thing when the teachers first walked out, but Caputo-Pearl could be pretty confident that he had a unified front.

      I’m guessing, rather than slowly building momentum this time, that Bernie wants his campaign to hit the ground running. The LA teachers strike was hard fought but exhilarating. There’s little doubt that Bernie and his supporters will be facing an even tougher fight than the teachers did. But, of course, the stakes are even higher. Here’s hoping that what happened in LA is an augury for the 2020 campaign.

      In the meantime, if you want to listen to illuminating and encouraging interviews with McAlevey and Caputo-Pearl, here’s a link:

      Behind the News – January 24, 2019

       

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        Land of Enchantment
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        Thanks for your link–I bookmarked it and will listen to it later on today. You analogy to to the structure test is spot on. We’ve hear nothing so far about the usual terms used to indicate whether or not a candidate is preparing to run for Bernie. No “exploratory committee” formed, no testing of the waters by visits to early primary states–nada, zilch. Of course, the focus is on promoting the desired candidates and ignoring Bernie-to be expected-but I took this as a very encouraging sign that  a reporter in SC at a relatively small newspaper saw thisvisit as exploratory.

        There’s been a got of discussion here as to whether or not Bernie will run and I fall into the camp that says he has been quietly getting all his ducks in a row for the past two years and will make a big splash soon. Bernie is better prepared this time around and I have complete faith in his judgement and strategy. He does need confirmation we are Still Bernie and I think you are right that his own version of the structure test is a strong indicator of voters’ support.

        “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

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        Land of Enchantment
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        …. testing page editor…

        Lost an entire paragraph under the gray box…. arraugh.

        Thanks for the link, Rufus, I bookmarked it and will listen to it later on today.

         

        “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

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