There seemed to be no way out of it. No one was going to be able to out campaign, out publicize and out work Hillary Clinton. Then in came a person no one had heard of, and the Democratic Primaries turned into a fight. In 2008, there seemed little chance that there existed a candidate that could hold their own with Clinton, but there was, and he has been president for seven years. But could it be possible that the nomination could be denied her again? It is looking a little more likely.
The Washington Times reports
Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has a 7-point lead in New Hampshire over former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Now, many would think that seven points are a sizable lead. In one respect it is. A seven-point lead could turn into a landslide on poll day. But, it could just as easily disintegrate. The trouble for Clinton is very similar to those she faced in ’08. No one has ever heard of Sen. Sanders. And much like Obama, that might work to his advantage. Clinton is a personality that one either loves or hates. With Sanders, there is less to know which leaves less to hate.
The Times continues
Mrs. Clinton’s sizable leads in national polls on the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating contest have been shrinking lately, and Mr. Sanders has opened up a roughly 11-point lead on Mrs. Clinton in the latest Real Clear Politics average of public polling on New Hampshire, and has drawn even with her in the latest RCP average on Iowa.
“When we began this campaign, the polls had us at like 3 percent or 5 percent — 80, 85 percent of the American people didn’t even know who Bernie Sanders was, let alone what I’m trying to do and the views that we’re espousing and the changes we want to see,” Mr. Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
The problem for Clinton is that she will have a hard time with Sanders and his goals. Sanders wants many of the same things that Clinton wants. He wants a bigger more controlling government. He wants less spending on the military and more spending on social programs. Yet the biggest problem is that Sanders is probably more left that Clinton. And good news for the left, Sanders does not come with all the bodies and baggage that harry the Clinton camp.
The Washington Times reports
“Sanders has certainly cut into Clinton’s core constituencies, but his ultimate success may ride on how many new voters he can get to the polls,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey. “Either way, it looks like most Democratic voters will be able to live with however this nomination contest turns out.”
If Sanders pulls an Obama on Clinton, the right might be in more trouble than they realize. Sanders may just follow Obama’s playbook all the way to the White House. Remember Socialist is no longer a bad word in our country.