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Sanders currently the best bet in battleground states

It's still too early to make predictions about the general election by relying on state-level head-to-heads, but if you look at the polling right now, you'll see a stark reminder of the difference between national polls and election outcomes.

Because as it stands, Bernie Sanders is outperforming everyone in the electoral college, even though Joe Biden retains his national lead. In most of the country, Sanders either wins or loses the same states that Biden does. But in two states accounting for 33 electoral votes - Florida and New Hampshire - Sanders is the only candidate polling above the margin of error against Trump.


Will the media let Joe Biden get away with this?

Joe Biden is running one of the most dishonest Democratic primary campaigns in memory. It isn't unusual for candidates to lie about minor issues, or to misrepresent a bad vote or two, but that is not what is happening here. Here's what's happening: on two central issues of this election, war and Social Security, Biden is blatantly lying about his well-established record as a hawk and champion of austerity. And every journalist working anywhere near politics knows this - and yet if their coverage of this primary so far is any indication, it seems entirely likely that they're going to let Biden continue lying without serious pushback.


Why they hate Bernie's supporters

Ever since he launched his Democratic primary bid in 2015, Bernie Sanders has been subject to relentless, aggressive attempts to delegitimize his candidacy. Any one of these attacks, if they stuck, would have completely vilified Sanders as an extremist, or a racist, or a sexist, or corrupt, or an operative of the Kremlin, or a crypto-Republican, and so on. But they have not stuck, and that's why Bernie Sanders remains one of the most popular politicians in our country.

Why haven't they stuck? The short answer is "because none of it is true," but that's just too simple - after all, in political life, reputations are constantly destroyed with attacks that aren't true. That's how the right destroys politicians all the time.

The actual answer: Sanders has endured, at least in part, because every one of these attacks has been met with overwhelming resistance by his supporters.


Tonight, they're coming for Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner in several primary polls of Iowa and New Hampshire, is within striking distance of first in Nevada, and has cut Joe Biden's national lead to single digits.

That's a sentence I could have already written a few weeks ago - but since then, a lot has changed. First, Sanders became the face of opposition to Donald Trump's military strikes against Iran, working with Rep. Ro Khanna to introduce the No War Against Iran Act. Then, he spoke out against Trump's plan to cut Social Security. Both of these stands against Trump are enormously popular with the Democratic base and with the broader set of voters Sanders needs to win in November.

And both of these stands have also drawn attention to Joe Biden, who voted for George W. Bush's disastrous Iraq War, and who has repeatedly called for cuts to Social Security. Sanders, favorably positioned in the polls, is fighting two major battles against the frontrunner, and he is on the right side of both of them, and this is happening just days before the Democratic primary voting begins.


Elizabeth Warren is sabotaging single payer, again

Elizabeth Warren is telling voters in Iowa that "people are uneasy...about big changes in health care."

This is true, but Warren is not talking about "changes in health care" like changes in your network or increased premiums or getting kicked off of your plan altogether. Those are the changes that plague Americans constantly, and drawing attention to those changes is how you convince them that we need to get rid of private insurance altogether - but that's not what Warren is doing.


Another very bad argument for Sanders-Warren "unity"

I have a broader article about the Sander-Warren "unity" discourse on the way, but here I want to make a narrow point. Sam Adler-Bell, with a rationale for keeping Warren in the race:
According to Morning Consult, Biden is the second choice of the most Buttigieg supporters, at 27 percent, followed by Warren at 20 and Sanders at 12 percent. So if both Warren and Sanders stay in the race, the left rises if Buttigieg falls. If only Sanders is in the race when Buttigieg begs off, Sanders would fall significantly relative to Biden.
Let's do some math.