"People knew what they were doing back then, because of greed, and it caused me harm," said Wittneben, the Democratic chairman in Emmet County, Iowa. "We were raised a certain way here. Fairness is a big deal."
The next day, he endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race.
Short article, but a good read ... in the TAMPA BAY TIMES.
LIVE from the Cleveland Rally with Bernie Sanders
Pollster J. Ann Selzer discusses Bernie Sanders poll numbers in Iowa and the Democratic race - VIDEO
I was reading my twitter feed tonight and noticed that "Hillary Clinton" was trending with over 42k tweets.
I am a Sanders supporter and have never actively searched Hillary tweets before, but I was curious to see why she was trending so... I clicked the trending link.
I was quite surprised to find that a very significant percentage (probably the majority) of this trending Hillary Clinton feed was fairly to very negative. Some of it was obviously right-wing vitriol, but a fair amount seemed more progressive and left-leaning, and more than a little was apparently coming from Democrats who were experiencing a change of heart. The following article particularly struck me...
Falling out of Love with Hillary Clinton
If you're a twitter user, (either pro Hillary or otherwise), I'd be interested to read your impressions of this trending feed.
Like many new and different brands, Bernie Sanders has a message that resonates with supporters. But just as big brand managers make the mistake of dismissing new competition, the media has discounted Sanderss chances of nomination. Indoctrinated by years of business as usual both groups assume that history will repeat itself; they assume that the front runner has the upper hand; they assume that the parameters of success are fixed and what has worked in the past will work in the future. The real challenge when forecasting future successfor brands or politiciansis to test existing assumptions, not simply to accept them at face value.
Sanderss message and tone are so different that they simply do not compute for punditsbut they resonate with voters.
The evidence suggests that, like other successful brands, Sanders has already built up a loyal following. Now, Sanderss big challenge is to take his message and make it meaningful and salient to as many voters as possible. Its a difficult task, but it may not be as insurmountable as the media would have us believe.
WIU recently held their traditional mock election. It is an incredibly intricate and organized event starting with primary and caucuses and finishing up with a mock general election.
Dr. Rick Hardy and Dr. John Hemingway have been leading Mock Presidential Elections since 1975. During that time, students who have participated in these mock elections have chosen the winning party with 100% accuracy and have an astonishing record in selecting presidential winners.
On the Democratic side for the Primaries Sanders won by close to a 2 to 1 margin over challenger Hillary Clinton. Martin OMalley finished the primary with about 1/18 of Bernies take of the delegates. See chart below.