I misread Bernie’s broad 2016 ideological coalition as a generic candidate net favorability vote. But it now seems like he combined ideological objections to Hillary from 2 directions, the economic left & the social/racial/gender right, & has mostly retained only the left side— Matt Grossmann (@MattGrossmann) March 8, 2020
I think both Clinton and Sanders perceived Hillary’s attacks on Bernie as insufficiently left on culture to be effective when in fact they were counterproductive.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 8, 2020
This misunderstanding went on to shape many candidates’ 2020 decision-making. https://t.co/RK1Dj4jA95
Rural/non-college white vote for Sanders in 2016 was mostly socially right of Hillary and those voters are comfortable with Biden now (and in the general that could potentially include some Obama- Trump voters too).— Campaign Diaries (@CampaignDiaries) March 8, 2020
Bernie’s association with the “squad” cost him this vote.
A similar point, looking at why Warren’s campaign imploded. Via Tucker Carlson:
“Warren got derailed. More precisely, she got infected with a virulent strain of identity politics…. Elizabeth Warren went intersectional, and it killed her.”