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Wed Oct 14, 2015, 11:42 AM

There is no doubt that Bernie's supporters are the most enthusiastic

And there is no doubt that they are the most passionate. And there is also little doubt that Sanders is absolutely committed to the support of his issues; that is indubitably why his supporters love him. However, I am afraid that Bernie's supporters are going to be disappointed if his debate performance, which they loved, doesn't translate to big boosts in the national polls or votes on election days.

I was a on a very good debate team in high school, so I have an natural inclination to judge these events from that perspective. If you were already a Bernie supporter, you have every reason to love his performance. He hit the the high points of his message hard and repeatedly. However, from a more objective point of view, Hillary did very commendable job and won the debate hands down. I thought that Bernie's performance was a little rough in spots - I think his lack of thorough preparation showed at times. On the other hand, Hillary was nearly flawless.

If you are a Sanders supporter you had to be hope that Clinton would stumble. She didn't. You had to be counting on her to appear contrived as she has sometimes appeared in the past. That simply didn't happen - I don't think that I have seen a more fluid performance.

Sander's supporters also have to be hoping that Joe Biden will enter the race because there is no doubt that Joe would be running in Clinton's lane and would pull more votes from Hillary than Bernie however, I no longer see that as a possibility. Joe' best bet was that he was the fall back candidate if Clinton crashed and burned. I am sure now that he knows that is not going to happen. If and when Biden announces that he isn't gong to run, expect most of Joe's support in the polls to flow to Clinton's side of the ledger.

Regardless of who you support for the Democratic nomination, you can be very proud all of the Democratic candidates who participated in very professional and substantive event. Compared to the Republican adolescent food fight, it was very easy to spot the adults in the room.

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Reply There is no doubt that Bernie's supporters are the most enthusiastic (Original post)
CajunBlazer Oct 2015 OP
bkkyosemite Oct 2015 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2015 #2
CajunBlazer Oct 2015 #4
azmom Oct 2015 #3
CajunBlazer Oct 2015 #5
HooptieWagon Oct 2015 #6

Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 11:50 AM

1. "enthusiatic" no

we like truth and Bernie is truth. This was his first national debate.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 11:52 AM

2. Enthusiasm is what makes people vote.

And in the end that's what counts.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 12:06 PM

4. True, but.....

Don't make the mistake of thinking that those who don't show a lot of enthusiasm on the surface aren't equally committed to their candidates, don't vote in equal numbers and contribute to their candidate's campaigns. I could be the most enthusiastic person in the world, but when I enter the voting booth, I still have only one vote - I'm not sure that is true on the Internet.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 12:02 PM

3. You don't know much about Bernie supporters. N/T

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Response to azmom (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 12:07 PM

5. I know what I read here. (N/t)

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 12:20 PM

6. I think Sanders helped himself the most.

 

He is still a fairly unknown quantity. He needed to introduce himself to a national audience, outline his positions, and show voters a Democratic Socialist isn't a beret-wearing, bomb-throwing Marxist. He accomplished that in spades. I think his favor ability and electability ratings will go up, and be reflected in upcoming polls. By that measure, he's the clear winner.

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