Pollster and political strategist Cornell Belcher sees a telling pattern in the “stark” results of Super Tuesday and the surge of support for 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
The former Obama and Bloomberg pollster spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Wednesday about what he felt is a “revolution of the bourgeoisie” as moderate Democrats are suddenly all in for Biden as Sen. Bernie Sanders began to look like the 2020 frontrunner last week.
“Going into South Carolina there were a lot of Democrats worried about the viability of Vice President Biden and a lot of Democrats unsure about what’s going to happen,” Belcher said on “All In with Chris Hayes” Wednesday.
“Hats off to Congressman Clyburn,” he added, referring to South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn who many have credited with resurrecting Biden’s campaign with his endorsement.
“In a time when endorsements are increasingly meaningless, it may be one of the most consequential endorsements of modern political time because Biden had to have a strong showing in South Carolina and certainly Clyburn helped him do that,” he said, echoing sentiments by veteran Democratic strategist James Carville who actually thanked Clyburn with an on-air salute.
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“What do you make of how stark this generational divide is?” Hayes asked Belcher after noting how Sanders failed to secure votes of middle-aged and elderly voters while sweeping away with the young American voting demographic.
“You’re going to continue to see it unfold and play out and it started with Barack Obama,” Belcher, who served as former President Obama’s pollster in the 2008 and 2012 elections, replied.
“Barack Obama was a new kind of candidate and he was a different sort of generational candidate. You saw 11 percent of the electorate in 2008 were new voters and younger voters,” he explained.
“When you see our elections moving forward, it is like the younger voters are trying to take control of our country from the older voters and, particularly in midterms the older voters have their say, and in presidential years and the younger voters have more of a say,” he said.
“I think the most stark thing that happened on Tuesday was there was a revolution, Chris, going on in our country, but it’s not the kind that Sanders thinks,” Belcher continued.
“It’s a revolution by the bourgeoisie,” he added.
“What’s happening in the suburbs, from 2008 to right now where you’re seeing a surge of suburban voters and changing their voting patterns and how they vote right now and, to a certain extent, I think Biden’s power is he’s a safe place for the angst of those suburban voters to land,” he contended.
Prominent Democrats rallied behind Biden this week as candidates rolled ahead to Super Tuesday elections, and as the dust settled, more 2020 hopefuls dropped out of the race and boarded the Biden bus in an apparent effort to thwart Sanders.
Even President Trump noted that a “coup” was underway against the Vermont senator.
They are staging a coup against Bernie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2020
Belcher’s comments about the suburban Democrat “revolution” provoked mixed reactions on Twitter:
Cornell Belcher just now on MSNBC called what’s happening now in the Democratic Party “a revolution of the bourgeoisie”
— Will Bunch ? (@Will_Bunch) March 5, 2020
Did he mean bourgeoisie as a derogatory term?
— Laura (@NonsenseEnd) March 5, 2020
And a very oversimplified generalization. Biden would seem to be in his current position mainly thanks to Clyburn and SC African Americans.
— Chris Bode (@chrisbode) March 5, 2020
You had to know they weren’t going to let Bernie Sanders win the nomination
— Elux Troxl (@EluxTroxl) March 5, 2020
Yeah, this is some great language to be throwing around in our already toxic political environment. Go to a poor African American voter in the South who voted for Joe Biden and tell him or her “hey, you’re part of the revolution of the bourgeoisie!” GTFOH with your bulls*%t. https://t.co/z8gP1AV5Re
— Maurizio Passariello ? (@mpassariello) March 5, 2020
This guy literally worked for the man who championed stop and frisk, and denied the Central Park men renumeration for their racist sentencing. Hardly think he has the best interest of black people at heart
— Blackest of berries (@WishIwerewitty) March 5, 2020
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