The Bernie Boomlet

It was supposed to be a cakewalk for Hillary Clinton, but perhaps it won't turn out that way. Her self-described democratic-socialist rival Bernie Sanders has crept within ten percentage points in a recent poll in New Hampshire. Senator Sanders now trails 41% to 31%. Part of the reason is Sanders is from neighboring Vermont and people know him in New Hampshire. But maybe democrats aren't all that sold on Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders is tapping into the feeling a lot of people have that the game is rigged in America, that middle-class people are working harder and making less. Meanwhile, the top 1% is reaping huge profits. Wall Street is flying high while the average guy is struggling.

Sound familiar? This is the same theme the Occupy Wall Street people used to such great effect. Only the Occupy folks had only anger and no plan. Sanders has plans. He wants to break up "too big to fail" banks. He wants to get big money out of politics by overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. He says climate change is real and wants to tax carbon and methane emissions.

These are liberal positions and there are lots of liberals on the democratic side. Sanders is attracting large crowds: more than 5,000 people at a recent rally in Colorado.

Hillary has all the campaign machinery but so far I'm not seeing a passionate base of supporters.

If Bernie springs a surprise in New Hampshire, what then?

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