Western Tuesday / Monroe County for Bernie Sanders
Another Tuesday, another slate of Democratic primaries and caucuses. Arizona, Utah, and Idaho today. "Western Tuesday" they're calling it on CNN. Obviously here in the Williams household, we're hoping for a better outcome than last week, when Clinton swept Sanders in all five contests (although Missouri and Illinois were virtual ties; it's interesting how Clinton always manages to get the edge when it's that close ... somehow). The goal today is to win all three. Bernie's room for error is dwindling rapidly. He needs to start winning states—and winning them big.
The Monroe County for Bernie Sanders field office opened last week, and I dropped in for the grand opening on Friday. Spirits were high, and I picked up a bunch of dank Bernie swag—pins, stickers, and a yard sign. I went back the next day to do some phonebanking, calling potential voters in Arizona and encouraging them to get out there and support Bernie in today's primary. Calling strangers and talking to them on the phone is certainly not my forte, but after a clonazepam and a few cups of coffee, I was able to get in the mood. I only put in three hours of work, but I hope it helped. If Bernie doesn't win Arizona, Utah, and Idaho tonight, I'm going to wish I would have done more. In any case, I'll get back at it next Saturday when they do another phonebank-a-thon.
If I didn't have so much time on my hands here in Rochester, I wonder if I would be as invested in this presidential campaign. In any case, I plan on canvasing in Monroe County when the time comes as well. I think I'll be better at that than phonebanking.
I'm also getting increasingly annoyed whenever someone says people should vote for Clinton "in order to beat Trump." First of all, I think people should vote for whomever their preferred candidate is—for the candidate they agree with on the issues—not based on some hypothetical matchup with a widely disliked fear monger. And second of all, what is the narrative that "only Clinton can beat Trump" even based on? CNN admits that the polling does not bear this idea out. Clinton is nearly as disliked as Trump, and most polls have Sanders beating Trump (and Cruz and Kasich) by wider margins than Clinton would (and some polls even indicate that Clinton would lose to Cruz or Kasich). So this idea that, as Democrats, we must vote for Hillary for the good of party and country strikes me as disingenuous. If beating Trump really is the most important factor in this race, a vote for Sanders is the logical move toward that end. Not to mention the fact that Sanders is a legitimately honest person whom people actually like...