Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight: So why shouldn't the [Hillary] Clinton campaign be in absolute panic? A few reasons. Even if they do, [Bernie] Sanders has yet to demonstrate strength in a state whose electorate isn't more than 90 percent white. Nevada and South Carolina, the next contests, don't look anything like Iowa or New Hampshire. Only 65 percent of voters were white in the 2008 Democratic caucus in Nevada, and only 43 percent were in South Carolina. You could already see how Sanders might have problems in Nevada and South Carolina even as he was crushing Clinton in New Hampshire. Despite winning the state by more than 20 percentage points, the best Sanders could manage among registered Democrats was a tie. read more
Not That I've Seen
The Vermont socialist and ice-cream flavor is too far left on economic freedoms & not libertarian enough elsewhwere.
Over at The Daily Beast (disclosure: I'm a columnist there), Andrew Kirell struggles valiantly to make "the libertarian case for Bernie Sanders," going so far as to enlist some of the greatest minds of this and every other era and still coming up with bupkis.
The logic goes: With a Republican-controlled Congress -- or one remotely close to its current makeup -- President Sanders would have a tough time getting his most radical economic policies passed, leaving him to fight for the civil liberties causes that matter to liberals and libertarians alike: e.g., reforms to the criminal justice system, the ongoing drug war, and the government's surveillance efforts. read more
Noah Smith, Bloomberg View: If there is one presidential candidate who embodies the nation's lingering post-2008 rage at Wall Street, that surely has to be Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. No other candidate has argued as strenuously for financial reform, or used rhetoric that so forcefully paints a struggle between the financial industry and the rest of the economy. Whether that narrative is accurate, Sanders' concrete proposals give the impression that he hasn't carefully evaluated the policy landscape. read more
Bernie Sanders has gone from long-shot candidate to a real contender for the Democratic nomination for president.
Were Democrats to make the "democratic socialist" from Vermont their nominee, would he have a chance of winning a general election?
We posed that question to six of the country's top political scientists, and their answers were broadly consistent: Under some unlikely circumstances, Sanders could win a general election. But nominating him would make it significantly more difficult for Democrats to keep the White House. read more
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dashed the hopes of some atheists when he declared he had "very strong religious and spiritual feelings" at a Democratic town hall.
"It's a guiding principle in my life, absolutely, it is," Sanders said Wednesday when a New Hampshire voter asked him about his faith. "Everybody practices religion in a different way. To me, I would not be here tonight, I would not be running for president of the United States, if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings."
The statement came a week after the Vermont senator told The Washington Post he is "not active in any organized religion" but believes in God. That statement prompted a number of pundits -- atheist and otherwise -- to describe Sanders as the first "none" to run for president, referring to people who have no religious preference. read more