How’s that so-called ‘moderation’ working out for you?

Nevada

I’m feeling some vindication about now.[1] It looks like Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses[2] with diverse support.[3]

For [Joe] Biden and other moderates who argue [Bernie] Sanders is too liberal to beat Trump and who have been trying to blunt his momentum, however, the Nevada results made the job much harder. . . .

The entrance poll showed Sanders led in Nevada across all age groups except for those older than 65. Around 54% of Latino voters said they backed him, while 24% of college-educated white women and 34% of those who have a union member in their families supported him.

He also won with college graduates, and was the top pick of voters who consider themselves independents. He also was favored over Biden among voters whose top priority is defeating Trump in the November election.[4]

The “over 65” age group is on Medicare already and, especially in Nevada, will consist largely of retired and rural folks. On the Republican side, not in play here, it would include ranchers on Bureau of Land Management land, forever pushing to put ever more cattle on an already-stressed ecosystem.[5] For more on this, see another old blog post entitled, “History and the Bundy uprisings.”[6]

Sharon Bernstein and John Whitesides, “Broad-based support powers Sanders to big win in Nevada Democratic vote,” Reuters, February 23, 2020, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN20H078


  1. [1]David Benfell, “All of us,” Not Housebroken, January 26, 2020, https://disunitedstates.org/2020/01/26/all-of-us/
  2. [2]Russell Berman, “Bernie Sanders’s Biggest Win Yet,” Atlantic, February 22, 2020, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/02/bernie-wins-nevada/606937/; Sharon Bernstein and John Whitesides, “Broad-based support powers Sanders to big win in Nevada Democratic vote,” Reuters, February 23, 2020, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN20H078; Chris Cillizza, “Chris Cillizza’s winners and losers from the Nevada caucuses,” CNN, February 22, 2020, https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/politics/who-won-nevada-caucuses/index.html; John McCormick, “Sen. Bernie Sanders Wins the Nevada Democratic Caucuses, AP Says,” Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/bernie-sanders-looks-to-build-momentum-in-nevada-caucuses-11582380000; Nidhi Prakash, “Members Of Nevada’s Largest Union Defied Their Leadership To Support Bernie Sanders,” Buzzfeed, February 22, 2020, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhiprakash/bernie-sanders-nevada-caucus-culinary-union
  3. [3]Sharon Bernstein and John Whitesides, “Broad-based support powers Sanders to big win in Nevada Democratic vote,” Reuters, February 23, 2020, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN20H078
  4. [4]Sharon Bernstein and John Whitesides, “Broad-based support powers Sanders to big win in Nevada Democratic vote,” Reuters, February 23, 2020, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN20H078
  5. [5]I worked as a contractor on software to predict carrying capacity of land consisting largely of sagebrush at the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management in Reno, Nevada, from August 1980 through most of 1981. The argument over how many cattle can be put on that land will be perennial for as long as the BLM allows ranchers on it or until conservatives (remember the “Sagebrush Rebellion?”) prevail in forcing the federal government to give up control of that land.
  6. [6]David Benfell, “History and the Bundy uprisings,” Not Housebroken, January 6, 2016, https://disunitedstates.org/2016/01/06/history-and-the-bundy-uprisings/

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