Help from you Sanders supporters to understand the last political campaign!

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I am an Economist and am writing a research paper in which I investigate the cultural backlash that has led to the election of Donald Trump and the effects on voters' culture, preferences, and values that the campaign itself had. To do this I track candidates speeches and try to understand whether users on Reddit (yes, you guys!) became more tribal in their language after Trump's speeches and whether Trump managed to shift attention towards topics such as immigration, ISIS and international trade.

I want to ask this great community for help in two things: resources you may be aware of and general ideas on what has happened and how do you think people reacted to Trump.

The first thing with which you may be of great help is with Sanders' campaign. Do you know where I may find a list of all the rallies by Sanders (like this:,_2016) . Do you know also if a similar resource is available for Clinton?

As for contents and ideas, I have some preliminary results which are very interesting to share. Would you be willing to discuss them and provide some interpretations or new ideas? This project has very high potential, as it puts together users social media data and machine learning techniques in order to shed light on issues that are very important in a rigorous scientific way. Thanks for all the help you may want to provide!

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SFP Book Club: Our Revolution, Chapter Six – On the Campaign Trail

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Howdy, y'all. This is a long chapter, and I'm liable to quit quoting from it towards the back half because it does become a list of results from states, more or less. I didn't really expect one chapter to cover the entirety of the campaign, given the prior chapters that would cover one singular event or speech. For comparison, it's about five times longer than the prior chapter, and about twice as long as the chapter before that. I considered breaking this down into two parts to make sure that we could get to the depth it warrants, because there's a lot to discuss between June 2015 and July 2016. Many of you may have first come here during that time. It was during the start of that era that I became a moderator of the subreddit. So, yeah, I'm not going to quote the text as much as I usually do, in part because this is where I either remember something Bernie mentions (most of the chapter) or I don't.

He opens by discussing the primary question he faced in those early months: "Do you really think you can win the nomination?" He assures the reader that he did. Now, in my lived experience, I'm skeptical of that. I don't know that the campaign truly believed that until late January. But, so it goes. As a side-bar, when he's discussing the strengths of the Clinton political organization and all the bits and bobs they had in place to help them, he mentions the Center for American Progress, which he calls "very good" (129). He doesn't elaborate, and if I were grading this, I would circle it and ask for some citations here.

He brings up as well a topic that you're probably familiar with (Lord knows I am): superdelegates. It may come as a surprise to you, but the Democratic establishment supported Secretary Clinton in the primaries. Before a single vote was cast, about 15% of the delegates needed to win were already pledged to her. Now, as I recall, a lot of people around here were pretty peeved about that. Still are, if the DNC reform fight is any indication. It's a fine line to walk in figuring out who is a public figure that can be readily contacted in regards to something like this and whose phone number will get your subreddit banned for doxxing and targeted harassment. Looking back, SFP moderators may have been too cautious. After all, look at some of the other political subreddits that are allowed to thrive on the platform.

Anyway, he discusses the power of small donors and how that terrified the extant political machines that ran solely on large checks. He also, and I'm going to quote this bit because I'm still running up against it personally, talks about how "rural people are not as conservative as the Democratic leadership has long believed, and their votes should not be conceded to right-wing Republicans" (134). As some of you may know, I grew up rural, although I'm a city slicker contributing to that brain drain now. By and large, these voters have been cast aside. They do not have a positive recollection of the Clinton years, where NAFTA's economic growth on a macro level correlated to the closing of nearly every manufacturing plant that provided jobs in the region, where welfare reform meant losing what support they had, and they certainly didn't have a positive outlook on the Obama years, where the economic recovery from 2008 missed them completely. These voters have been cast into the wind by Democratic strategists for years, in part because of gerrymandering and in part because of a vicious cycle where the city Democrats keep winning which makes them want to focus on the cities alone. Some of the strongest and proudest activists and candidates I know are rural, and they can't get any support because the DCCC, the DNC, the state party, all of them have written off the area. Even now, with a potentially competitive senate race, with an incumbent candidate who resonates well in rural areas, the strategy is cities, cities, cities. Cheeses me off to no end.

Over the course of the campaign, political weaknesses of Secretary Clinton came to light, the most heavily discussed here being the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I'm not rehashing a trade debate. We were all there, even if we weren't here.

Bernie brings up that, as the campaign rolled on, he was winning the Latino vote. I'm going to ignore everyone he mentions and credit that exclusively to /u/icaito (okay, and Erika Andiola).

He mentions that, while they did well with local news, they were getting almost no national attention, claiming to have received only ten minutes on the three major networks between January through November 2015. This is, of course, going to have a large impact on who knows about you.

He also mentions that, in his words, "our efforts in the African-American community were not going well" (140). The headwinds were simply too strong for the foundations already built, but next time…

He brings up how, in August 2015, the DNC announced they would only be hosting six debates, and as I recall, the first one was after the registration deadline for the New York primary. Now, Bernie says August 6th was the announcement, but I don't think that's right. This tweet from Martin O'Malley seems to indicate that folks were making a to-do about it as early as August 5th. Also, if anyone can remember for me who it was that led the #WeWantDebate charge, please let me know because it is escaping me at the moment.

To be frank, there's nothing really revelatory over the next thirty pages. Speaking across the country, getting attacked on guns…birds-eye overviews of results from Iowa and New Hampshire. Nothing like where he goes 'and then it turns out they were using double-headed coins at the caucuses!' or 'and then I rushed the stage to throw my chair' or anything. Nevada, disheartening loss; South Carolina, decimating loss. My state isn't even mentioned by name but just 'oh yeah on this day we lost some.' I'll try harder next time, I guess.

One thing I'd forgotten that I was thankful someone had catalogued was that the Associated Press called the nomination for Hillary the day before the California primary. Now, putting all the eggs in the CA basket was already a known gamble, but come on, folks. Just wait for it.

On July 12th, he endorses Hillary and ends the campaign, wanting to leverage his delegates into platform work. This subreddit loses a large chunk of members, if you look at the redditmetrics for that day. So it goes.

Something completely glossed over: the brief but important voter file lockout in late December. Oh well.

Boy, you are a long one. I'm not going to ramble any further. Part Two of the book is called "An Agenda for a New America: How We Transform Our Country," so I'm excited to dig into that. As always, talk about whatever in the comments. There's a lot of stuff to remember and reflect on.

Solidarity, –/u/writingtoss.

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@DavidKlion: btw talk to any “BernieBro” in New York right now, and the candidates they are most excited about are Nixon, Ocasio, Teachout, and Salazar. It’s almost like the entire “Bernie is just a white guy supported by white guys” story was cynical, factually inaccurate campaign spin

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@DavidKlion: btw talk to any "BernieBro" in New York right now, and the candidates they are most excited about are Nixon, Ocasio, Teachout, and Salazar. It's almost like the entire "Bernie is just a white guy supported by white guys" story was cynical, factually inaccurate campaign spin submitted by /u/seamslegit
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SFP Book Club: Our Revolution, Chapter Five – The Campaign Begins

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Howdy, y'all. Didn't realize lunch was gonna give me what they call the "postprandial somnolence" like that, and I do apologize for keeping y'all waiting a week, but I was rather busy doing…something.

This is a rather short chapter, and it's even shorter on original content. Yawn. Seems like you're getting a bit lazy, Bernie! No, but it is good to keep something like this down as a matter of historical record. The bulk of this chapter, by which I mean all but 2 pages of it, concern the text of his formal announcement speech from May 26, 2015. Introduced with music from his "favorite Vermont band, Mango Jam" as well as close friends and associates, Bernie stood out there at Lake Champlain and delivered a speech that would pretty well serve as a template for the next year of barnstorming (116). As Ben Cohen noted even back then, "Bernie is the real thing" (116).

Reproduced now is a Reader's Digest version of the speech, which I will also [link here because it's better to hear Bernie when you can]( The speech itself is fine albeit rough, and it seems to doubleback on itself a bit in the middle. Order of elements wasn't quite in place yet, but he got better at it. Anyway, this should give you the gist of it.

Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we being a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially, and environmentally.

Let's be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It is not about Hillary Clinton. It is not about Jeb Bush or anyone else. This campaign is about the needs of the American people, and the ideas and proposals that effectively address those needs. As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be drive by issues and serious debate—not political gossip, not reckless personal attacks or character assassination. This is what I believe the American people want and deserve. I hope other candidates agree, and I hope the media allows that to happen.

Let me be clear. There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.

American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections. It is not about the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer.

Climate change is real.

It is no secret that there is massive discontent with politics in America today.

It beings with jobs. If we are truly serious about reversing the decline of the middle class we need a major federal jobs program which puts millions of Americans back to work at decent-paying jobs.

For decades, presidents from both parties have supported trade agreements which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs as corporate America shuts down plants here and moves to low-wage countries.

Let us be honest and acknowledge that millions of Americans are now working for totally inadequate wages….Further, we must establish pay equity for women workers.

This campaign is going to send a message to the billionaire class. And that is: You can't have it all.

If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.

The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all as a right by moving toward a Medicare for All single-payer system.

Instead of cutting Social Security, we're going to expand Social Security….

As president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.

We must be part of an international coalition, led by Muslim nations, that can not only defeat ISIS but being the process of creating conditions for a lasting peace.

When people stand together, and are prepared to fight back, there is nothing that can't be accomplished. (117-128)

Well, that really about sums it up, doesn't it?

Solidarity, –/u/writingtoss.

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