1. m

    Sander’s campaign has brought crowd sourced funding to the forefront in the sense of being the first one almost exclusively funded in that manner. Obama’s 2012 campaign paved the way though, especially in its closing months.

    I’m reluctant to commit fully to the idea that the media is ignoring him even though the relentless focus on his lack of super delegates and the sense that spells doom for his campaign has slowly made me apoplectic at moments. I think when Nate Silver’s 538 blog joined in was when it reached its nadir; I generally expect more objectivity from them. (didn’t get it either)

    Locally, at the state level, watching the Insurance Committee of the Louisiana House meet after Katrina and Rita and explain away why rates had to be doubled in the aftermath of those storms was the defining moment of understanding “corporate money in politics” for me. Apparently Louisiana’s home insurers had never anticipated the notion that a major hurricane might strike the state or incorporated the idea into their rate structure or, for that matter, ever contemplated the idea that they might experience a loss. /s 🙂

    • Bookscrounger

      Good points. One of my complaints with Obama is that he put together this impressive on-line movement, but then largely abandoned it when he got elected. Had he used his professorial skills, he could have kept that machine going, used it as, first, a movement to pressure Congress to act on his efforts, but also as a way to engage the American public in the real contradictions and challenges of governance, the ones most people don’t realize.

      • Durl

        Like most, if not all, politicians, Obama promised what he needed to promise to get elected, then did what he really wanted to. He’d promised the most transparent Presidency in history, and his has been perhaps the least transparent. Same song, second verse.

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