Is Bernie Sanders about to pull an Obama-style upset on Hillary Clinton? It’s too early to say, but the shift in momentum — from Clinton to Sanders — is glaringly obvious. One is left to wonder if we’re on the threshold of a deja vu-like scenario.
To be fair, the Hillary of 2015 resembles that of 2008. After serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, her political resume is decidedly thicker than it was several years ago. Still, Clinton remains a highly polarizing figure. Her ongoing email scandal is front page news and some think the lack of clarity on her part may be swaying Democratic voters to support Bernie Sanders.Preview
CNN reports that the Vermont senator is enjoying a 41-32 lead in an NBC News/Marist poll that was released on Sunday. It was a 19 point jump for Sanders following a similar poll in July. The tide shift is also apparent in Iowa, where he’s rapidly gaining ground. Also worth noting? The steady third place position of Joe Biden. The vice-president has yet to announce his intention to run. If Biden does, it’s clear he could deprive Hillary Clinton of the crucial chunk needed to maintain an overall lead.
At least Americans are familiar with Biden. By comparison, Bernie Sanders was (by his own admission) a virtual uknown before he made his bid for president.
” I think what they know is that four months ago, when I entered this race, if you look at the polls, I was [trailing at] 3 to 4%.
[The] vast majority of the American people didn’t know who ‘Bernie Sanders’ was, they didn’t know what my ideas were, and in [the] last few months, we have amassed huge amounts of enthusiasm and huge amounts of energy.”
The growing support behind Sanders harkens back to the desire for change felt during the 2007-2008 presidential campaign. There was a something change by voters following two horrific terms under President George W. Bush. After two terms under Barack Obama, perhaps Hillary Clinton imagined the momentum would naturally shift to her campaign, with the sense that her turn in the White House was an inevitability. From the beginning, she certainly seemed to be the de facto front-runner and obvious choice for the Democratic nomination.
But no more.
BREAKING: Bernie Sanders surges ahead of Clinton by 9 points in N.H. and gains big in Iowa. https://t.co/zXfsQfxUv0 pic.twitter.com/LmD4fFFNTs
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) September 6, 2015
Although Clinton losing momentum to a previous unknown is a familiar concept, there are some new problems facing her this time around. For example, she won’t be able to imply severe inexperience on the part of her nearest competitor. Bernie Sanders’ political career spans decades, and interestingly, he’s the longest independent in congressional history. He’s a proud “democratic socialist”, and if he gets the nod we can expect GOP supporters to trot out a fear mongering campaign not seen since the age of McCarthyism. While Hillary Clinton is battling scandal over her emails, Bernie Sanders is more strongly associating himself with the American working class. The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders joined a picket line in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He marched with Penford Products plant workers and denounced the “war on working class families” and “corporate greed”.
Down 10 points in July, Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton by 9 points in New Hampshire. https://t.co/WE8lV0FUzV pic.twitter.com/3Lwh8scneC
— Early & Often (@CSTearlyoften) September 6, 2015
Herein seems to lie the problem facing Hillary.
Hillary is, for better or worse, the heiress of the Clinton political dynasty.
Some feel that Clinton is too representative of the “politics as usual” model in the nation’s capital. Even worse, that she might have revealed herself to be a DINO (Democratic In Name Only) candidate, who doesn’t represent the ideas of more liberal American voters.
Whatever the case, Hillary Clinton must hurry to establish her brand outside of her famous name and the sentiment she should be the first woman president of the United States. There’s not enough coming out of Clinton’s campaign at present to stop a growing number of voters from shifting their support to Bernie Sanders.
Nothing is set in stone, and we are quite a few months from knowing who will earn the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton just might gain a boost shortly.
She’s going to have to if she doesn’t want a repeat of presidential campaigns past.
Should Bernie Sanders successfully make his case to American voters, Hillary Clinton may find herself once again (reluctantly) congratulating someone else for earning the party’s nod — and making it to the White House.