IOWA CAUCUSES (VFB) – The day has finally come, as all eyes are now on Iowa for the first in the nation caucuses. If this weekend’s activities are any indicator of what might happen tonight, things are looking really good for Bernie Sanders.
First and foremost, the final polling numbers give Bernie a slight advantage. In its last poll of 919 likely Iowa caucus-goers released this morning, Quinnipiac shows Bernie besting Hillary by three points.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 1, 2016
However, if the rallies held this weekend by both candidates are any indicator of what tonight’s turnout will be like, Hillary might be in even more trouble than the numbers show.
On Saturday, thousands of enthusiastic Sanders supporters waited in line for hours for a packed rally in Iowa City.
— Feldman (@EvgenyFeldman) January 30, 2016
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 31, 2016
By stark contrast, pictures circulating the web show a shockingly low turnout at Clinton’s Saturday events.
Of course, you’d never know it from mainstream media accounts. As has been customary throughout this campaign, establishment reporters did their their duty by greatly exaggerating the level of Hillary support.
Some journalists intentionally framed their pictures to make Clinton events appear at capacity.
Hillary Clinton rallying with supporters in Dubuque pic.twitter.com/1xo4525ezJ
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) January 29, 2016
lied made statements about over-capacity crowds, since it’s easier to exaggerate without pictures.
Whole lot of folks turned away from Hillary-Bill-Chelsea rally here in Cedar Rapids because there wasn't enough room
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) January 31, 2016
Unfortunately for them (and their corporate masters), the “not enough room” narrative falls apart pretty quickly when non-verified journalists tweet pictures that tell a different story.
— Brent Griffiths (@BrentGriffiths) January 31, 2016
As their desperation mounts, Clintons surrogates have also ramped up the number of ludicrous attacks against Bernie at every opportunity. Like for example, just days ago on CNN Clinton’s Senior Strategist made the laughable claim that Bernie is running the most negative campaign in modern history.
— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) January 29, 2016
And recently, when Chelsea Clinton went equally as far off the deep end by claiming that Bernie wanted to take away everyone’s healthcare.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) January 14, 2016
Desperate attacks from the Clinton camp signal weakness, not strength.
Not only that, but much can also be gleaned from the way a candidate runs their Snapchat account. In attracting younger Snapchatters, Bernie has poked fun at himself as someone who has clearly never used the mobile app before.
What is this Snapshot thing and why do I only get ten seconds? pic.twitter.com/5RfsywwE2Z
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 16, 2015
Clinton, on the other hand, has taken an entirely different approach, instead opting for the “Act-Cool-And-Hope-It’s-Believable” routine that she’s now famous for.
— #Vets4Bernie (@vets4bernie) February 1, 2016
At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is voter turnout. The media can distort facts and misrepresent reality all they want, but none of that will matter if Bernie supporters come out in full mass. By the looks of final trends, it appears that’s exactly what will happen.