Rising popularity despite a relatively miniscule war chest – here’s his game plan.
It was only a matter of time, and that time is here. Bernie Sanders (who has long busted Republicans for their hypocrisy) is now tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll that has Sanders leading by one point.
While one point may not seem like much, and is within the margin of error, when you consider how late Sanders declared his candidacy and that Clinton has been enjoying a comfortable lead for a while, the jump in poll numbers is actually quite spectacular. Also taking into consideration that Sanders’s war chest is less than one quarter of what Clinton is sitting on, the rising popularity becomes that much more significant.
Echoing the youth vote that helped put Obama over the top, Sanders earned an incredible 66 percent of the 18-34 crowd. Of that demographic, only 19 percent put their faith in Clinton, who continues to lead with women by 14 points, but likely male Iowa caucus-goers are with Sanders, giving him a 21-point lead.
It isn’t that voters don’t like Clinton; it’s that Sanders’ message appeals more to them. Iowans have joined a growing number of people in the country responding to the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist’s call for universal healthcare, free public college education, a reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, opposition to job-destroying trade deals, a definitive “no” on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and a clear path to rescuing the middle class before it completely disappears. Sanders wants to save Social Security benefits and make sure that aging Americans can retire with some sort of dignity. In addition, Sanders is the only candidate to include the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in his campaign platform.
Regardless of what Hillary supporters are saying, the flap over her emails and the unending Benghazi hearings is hurting her with voters. It doesn’t seem to matter that she did nothing wrong by using a private email server. The simple fact that Benghazi was not her fault and was not unlike anything that has happened in past decades, including quite a few during the George W. Bush presidency, doesn’t seem to matter either. Those incidents, among others, like Jessica Flowers, Vince Foster, Whitewater, Monica Lewinski and the cattle futures investment will continue to be fodder for Republicans who, like vultures, will continue to pick at those carcasses until, well, the cows come home.
When Bernie Sanders says “enough is enough,“ which he is prone to do at nearly every rally, he’s referring to income inequality and the damage that’s decimated working people in this country for decades. He’s referring to insane and irresponsible decisions made by an activist Supreme Court that declared corporations as people, opening the floodgates for limitless amounts of anonymous cash to be poured into our political system and blatantly handing the advantage over to the super rich while shafting the middle class.
There’s a palpable sense that the American people are sick and tired of the endless attacks and smears from one candidate to another. It’s clear that Sanders will get his share of flak from the GOP for being a socialist, and they will make no attempt to delineate between Democratic socialism and scary hammer and sickle communism – or ironically fascism. The GOP can’t be bothered with the truth and are only interested in inflaming their base. The American people however, for the most part, know the difference. People aren’t as stupid as the GOP would like to think they are. Barrack Obama proved that by winning the majority in 2012, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money being poured into the election by GOP donors.
While support for Clinton steadily erodes, Democratic Party officials are seeking alternatives to a Clinton candidacy, according to a New York Times article this month.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Al Gore: Each has been discussed among party officials in recent weeks as an alternative to Mrs. Clinton if she does not regain her once-dominant standing in the 2016 presidential field and instead remains mired in the long-running email controversy, with its attendant investigations.
Unfortunately, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party can seem to see past their apparent incestuous nepotism. For the GOP, the Trumpenstein monster they created is a direct result of having pandered to the tea party wacko birds. As for the Democrats, Bernie Sanders is quickly becoming a real threat, yet the powers-that-be and the media refuse to acknowledge him for reasons that are unclear.
There’s still quite a ways to go before the last primary ballot is cast, and it remains to be seen how this election season will end. The good Senator from Vermont has high favorability, low negatives, and rising popularity among the well informed, politically active, and socially conscious. Donald Trump on the other hand, seems to appeal to xenophobes, FOX viewers, and angry white voters who are afraid of the inevitable. It remains to be seen which of these makes up a majority if voters in this country.