Why Moveon endorsed Bernie Sanders

Moveon polled its members to see if enough of them supported a candidate to win the organization's support, something that's only happened once before (Obama 2008). 340,665 members cast a ballot, returning an unprecedented 78.6 majority in favor of Sanders.

Here's the top five reasons the membership gave for their endorsement:

1. Bernie’s lifelong commitment to standing up to corporate and 1% interests to fight for an economy where everyone has a fair shot.

2. He’s standing up for justice for communities facing oppression.

3. He’ll say no to permanent war.

4. Electability: This election will hinge on turnout, and Bernie is inspiring and mobilizing the communities it’ll take to win.

5. Putting members in the driver’s seat is what MoveOn does, and a whopping 79 percent voted to endorse Bernie.

Bernie’s campaign is inspiring millions of people to enter the political process for the first time, including young people and other members of the “rising American electorate” who the eventual Democratic nominee will need to mobilize in order to win in November. He’s raised money from more contributors than any candidate in history at this stage in the primary process, and massive crowds have turned out to see him across the country. Part of why MoveOn members are supporting Bernie is that his agenda excites and inspires them, and they see it doing the same for others.

Experts agree that the general election will hinge on voter turnout. If the Obama coalition can be inspired to vote, Democrats will retain the White House. But if the electorate looks like it did in 2014, when Republicans gained ground across the country and seized control of the Senate, Democrats will be in trouble.

Not only do some new polls this week show Bernie leading the Democratic field in Iowa and New Hampshire, they also show him to be the Democratic candidate who performs best against various hypothetical Republican nominees.

MoveOn members support Bernie because they know his message has broad support and that he is well positioned to win the White House in a general election.

The Top 5 Reasons MoveOn Members Voted to Endorse Bernie (with the Most Votes and Widest Margin in Our History) [Ilya Sheyman/Medium]

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  1. And three years into the HRC administration when we're in a couple of new wars and Wall Street has called in all its Clinton Foundation IOU's, are you gonna claim you never saw it coming???

  2. I disagee. Too many moderates view her as a horrible person and more "business as usual" politics. Not sure why you say "no substantial effect", because her shenanigans has left a bad taste in many people's mouths. Honestly, I think if she wasn't a women the democrats would have written her off years ago. How quick we forgot that a charismatic upstart with minor political experience compared to hers still managed to get the nomination nearly 8 years ago.

    I would never vote for Hillary. I would consider voting for Sanders.

  3. The Sanders campaign isn't mobilizing the online community, the online community is mobilizing the Sanders campaign.

  4. They're not being "over-optimistic" because we're not in Vegas putting down a hundred bucks on someone. I know for a lot of Americans, this kind of mentality rules their voting decision, which is exactly why we've had several decades of useless tools of Corporate America in government. Move On is endorsing the person they think is the best candidate, which I'm actually surprised at because Move On isn't a very radical group; they usually do play it safe. But Sanders has done so well in America that even the "play it safe" Democrats are realizing he is their only shot at victory, and once they admit that to themselves, then all of a sudden they can indulge in the amazing act of voting for someone you believe in, rather than the lesser of two evils.

    As a lifelong cynic of American Politics, I am shocked we've even made it this far, but cautiously optimistic that, for the first time in my life, people might actually pick the person they believe in rather than the simply the person handed down to them. I guess a lot of people really did believe in Obama for some bizarre reason, so we can see that as a precursor to Sanders, the difference being that Obama gave you no genuine reason to believe Hope and Change were really going to happen (other than by his speech) whereas Sanders has a lifetime track record standing behind his words.

    In terms of "electability" there's no contest. The United States is not going to vote for Hillary. Too many people hate her for too many different reasons. The DNC has been fueling her campaign this entire time, and despite all their best efforts, Sanders is still coming out on top. Even if you hate him, even if you just want to play the odds against Republicans, your best bet, your ONLY bet is Sanders. If she gets the nomination, we will have a Republican President.

  5. So here's my attempt at swaying you.

    1) Obama managed to get nothing passed in Congress, despite his complete desire to play the game, appeal to the other side, etc. What makes you think Hillary is going to do better than Barack Obama?

    2) What makes you think Hillary even wants to get stuff done? This is the thing I don't get: she has a lifetime track record of serving corporate interests. She was on WalMart's board of directors from 1986 to 1992- think about that. In 1986, we did not live in a land of corporate-controlled maga-monopolies. There were still lots of regulations in place, and a culture of keeping things somewhat fair (I say somewhat because things were never fair, but compared to where we are now, Reagan's 1986 seems like the Golden Years.) By 1992 WalMart was well on its way to become the mega-giant it is, running on the engine of exploited, cheap labor. Again, Hillary was on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS at that time. You know how much $$$ she made thanks to WalMart?

    Since then, she and Bill have been on a one-track ride to widen the gap between rich and poor. She may say "it takes a village..." but she certainly doesn't act that way. Bill and Hillary successfully campaigned for things like the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act" which directly hurt single mothers and other working class folks struggling to make ends meet. You'll notice that the Republicans were very happy to work with Clinton to make this happen since it totally supports their agenda. This is the kind of "getting things done" you can expect if HRC wins the presidency. The increase in prison labor (connected to the increase in African American men in prison), a completely hawkish approach to war in the Middle East and elsewhere... this is all part of Hillary's legacy.

    I'm not making this stuff up- this is how she has lived her life. So if these are the values you hold, then by all means vote for her. And if you think the answer to America's problems lie in a politician who "knows how to play the system" and all that, well, that's the exact argument Progressives have been using every 4 years to not support people like Ralph Nader, Howard Dean, etc. Each time, the business-as-usual frontrunner wins, and each time, we get another 8 years of business as usual.

    Given all that, I'm not sure what there is to be on the fence about. You're not going to enact 30% of a ho hum agenda, we will enact, quite literally, zero of anything progressive, and 100% of everything Hillary stands for, because in many, many ways, what she wants and what the Republicans want are the same. And in ways they differ, like abortion, whether it's Sanders or her on board, things will play out the same.

    I can't stress how important it is for folks like yourself to support Sanders this year- an opportunity like this comes once a lifetime, and we only have a chance if the folks on the fence decide to support Sanders. Otherwise, you know- same ol' shit.

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