Horse race: How many Correntians are there, really?
I don't mean our tiny readership, obviously, but people who, when presented with the 12-Point Platform, would go "Heck yeah! But does it go far enough?" There's no polling done on such a question, for obvious reasons, but this article in The Cook Report could provide a proxy:
Anyone who knows me well knows I am usually eyeing the oven for the next fresh batch of in-depth public-opinion data from Democracy Corps, a partnership between legendary Democratic strategists Stan Greenberg and James Carville that just celebrated its 15th anniversary. It gets even better when the two team up with Resurgent Republic, cofounded by veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres, as they did to craft a national survey of 840 likely 2014 voters (including 50 percent reached on cellular phones) conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The survey was conducted March 19-23 for NPR, and it probed voters' attitudes on the Affordable Care Act, the state of the economy, and their choices in November.
And now the important part:
On the basic question "Do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?" 51 percent said they opposed it and just 47 percent said they supported it. But, as Carville and Greenberg point out, on the follow-up question to opponents which read, "Would you say you oppose the health care reform law because it goes too far … or because it doesn't go far enough?" 7 percent picked "doesn't go far enough," theoretically bringing die-hard opposition to the ACA down to 44 percent.
Hmm. Why do Carville and Greenberg assume that single payer advocates aren't part of the "die-hard opposition" to ObamaCare? (To answer my own question: Because career "progressives" polluted the discourse with "the public option" magic zombie sparkle pony.)
Anyhow, more tuned-in readers will correct my wild optimism, but I think support for Point #2: Medicare for all is a reasonable proxy for supporting the entire 12-Point Platform. And again, because wild optimism, I don't see 7% of likely voters as a negligible number, exactly because they could hold the balance of power in a close election.
So, if 7% of likely voters could bring themselves to be as militant as the Tea Party, maybe we'd get somewhere. Naturally, the Democratic nomenklatura will do everything in their power to keep those 7% sedated, but seriously: What have they done for us lately?