– If Joe Biden folds up his campaign before South Carolina, where will black voters go? The most recent Quinnipiac national poll, taken after Iowa, shows Biden’s advantage among blacks down to a devastating plurality of just 27%. In second among blacks is Michael Bloomberg with 22%, followed by Sanders at 19%.
How hard would it be for Bloomberg to buy hip hop radio station endorsements? FM hip hop stations tend to be giants in major metro areas. They cater rather explicitly to black audiences and those audiences are often more plugged in than audiences for other terrestrial stations are. The DJs have some real clout. If a thirty-second spot tends to go for $200, what’s to keep Bloomberg from offering the station, say, $1,000 for it with a wink and a nod?
There has been one other post-Iowa RCP poll released since Iowa that has Biden remaining strong among blacks, at 45%. Sanders and Bloomberg trail him at 15% and 12%, respectively. It seems plausible Biden sticks around until at least South Carolina. Even if he only eeks out a very slight win in the state, it will be presented as breathing new life into a faltering campaign and will give him some hope in the Super Tuesday southern states.
– Sanders has utterly dominated among young, poor, modestly educated white men up to this point. From the New Hampshire exit poll, support by sex among the top five:
By educational attainment:
It will be interesting to see how the slurs the corporate media and DNC have coming his way make use of this. However they do it, it will be off-putting and gross. Be prepared.
– Is Joaquin Phoenix trolling?
“Many of us are guilty of an egocentric worldview, that we’re the center of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take the milk that is intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and in our cereal.”
He’s not just shoehorning in animal rights, he’s emphasizing them at the expense of the rest. And, considered logically, animal rights BTFO other civil rights concerns in urgency and moral significance. If no species is morally justified in dominating another, how picayune do complaints about racism and sexism seem by comparison?
“She once asked to touch my hair” versus “He hung me and my entire family upside down, bashed our brains out with a hammer, cooked us, ate me, and sold my family for others to eat”? No contest.
And his delivery is, unless choreographed to maximize effectiveness, shakier than what would be expected of a sophomore in high school theater. An actor of his caliber struggles to give a three-minute speech? Maybe it’s genuine emotion. Performers are people too, after all.
– We accept that a person can be pro-choice without wanting to snuff out people who have already been born, so shouldn’t we be able to accept that a person can support an immigration moratorium without wanting to put his grandparents on the next plane back to the old country?