Forget the second or third largest state. New York was the ‘If you can make it here?” State!
An outsider, who entered politics in the seventies. Running for the President of the United States in his seventies. His views and opinions are considered extreme by members of his own party. During the early months he was ignored by the media. But his message appealed to a non traditional voting bloc, voters under 30.
His anti-establishment views ,defending the importance of free enterprise and the limited role of government appealed to this group. He ignited this group, who’s enthusiasm grew by the week. This appeal, initially ignored by the other candidates was rapidly gaining ground and by spring it was clear, he owned this bloc of voters . Not only did they pledge their allegiance to him, they opened their wallets in large numbers.
In 2008, Ron Paul ran for President as a Republican.Twelve years earlier he was a Libertarian. His presence annoyed Mitt Rooney, John McCain and most of the GOP establishment. His team used You Tube and Social Media (a technology underused by the GOP) to help spread his message. Donations to his campaign though small, kept him in the race through June.
Ron Paul did not endorse any GOP candidates in 2008, preferring third party candidates. If someone within the Republican Party brokered a deal with Paul as the Democrats did with Howard Dean in 2005, 2012 may have had a different outcome.
In 2004, the former Governor of Vermont campaign appealed to younger voters. Many Democrats considered Dean an outsider. But Dean’s campaign could not be ignored, and his non traditional campaign utilizing the net and social media was the foundation of Obama’s 2008 Presidential bid.
Bernie Sanders is the ticket, his campaign is drawing thousands. People want to be near him and feel the bern. As for drawing power there isn’t a close second this political season he is the Rock Star. Like Ron Paul ,those large crowds and the enthusiasm does’t necessarily translates into votes.
Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at UCLA, noted that it was early in the election cycle and that support for Sanders may not translate to votes. “Just because people are interested, it does not mean people will actually cast a ballot in support,” Vavreck said. “People showing up for these rallies have a strong interest in politics. They’re not average voters, who are barely tuned in to the election at this point.”
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and two associates, “It’s important to remember that crowd size fundamentally doesn’t matter much. Comparisons between how large one candidate’s crowd is compared to another are ripe for misunderstanding.”
They cite 2012, “when press reports and GOP partisans frequently mentioned the large numbers that Mitt Romney was drawing on the campaign trail. Did this end up mattering? Obama won the popular vote by about 5 million votes. “
Real Change Happens from the Bottom up
Yes The System is Rigged
The are local, state and Convention rules for the Delegates. The objective is control over members of the two parties. Its important that are choices are limited to Skippy or Jif.