As a poll guy, Im surprised you dont recall sanders doing better than the Dem parties candidate against Trump in both recent elections.
The independent vote is a tricky animal. It behaves very differently with income and regions in which they live.
I think the parties are more comfortable playing the politics of minimums. Offering the least to a minority of voters carries less risks to their donors.
If the Dem party really wanted large turnout majorities they could have put Warren or Sanders on the ticket with the deteriorating Biden. They went with identity politics instead with Harris. A candidate bringing no electoral votes with her and no inconvenient campaign planks. She didnt bring any resulting bump in AA votes so from a tactical standpoint she was a dud. From a practical material standpoint to the doners though, shes a major success.

Last edited by chunkstyle; 11/25/20 01:42 PM.