Musings —01.18.2016 08:48 AM—
She’s a superior debater to Sanders. She has a broader and firmer grip on the issues. She’s self-assured, measured and tough.
Sanders – who I sort of like because he was nice to a bunch of punk rockers in his home state – is a shouter. He doesn’t look remotely presidential. And his past positions on gun control aren’t just wrong, they’re despicable.
But he’s gaining for the same reason Justin Trudeau came from third place to win a huge majority government in October: voters – Left and Right – are in a decidedly anti-incumbent mood, these days, and they want to shake up the established order.
Politicians spanning the ideological spectrum – from Donald Trump to Rachel Notley – are the beneficiaries of that. If you’re the same as the old boss, increasingly, you’re not going to be the new boss.
That said, I still believe Clinton will win her party’s nomination, and Trump, his. And the latter will make the former president, in an electoral college sweep that will recall Johnson and Goldwater.
Am I right?