The miracle rise of Bernie Sanders continues, with polls showing he is now even with Hillary Clinton nationally and maintains his 20-point lead in New Hampshire.
He’s still not likely to win the nomination, but his strength and increased willingness to challenge Clinton on her record and policies is creating a new headache for her. She must fear that core Sanders voters will not back her in a general election.
Two incidents point to a deepening party schism.
The first came in Iowa when, during her angry victory speech, she insisted that “I am a progressive.” TV cameras in Sanders’ headquarters showed young supporters booing, then a spontaneous chant of “She’s a liar” erupted and grew.
It’s one thing when Republicans and a majority of independents find her dishonest and untrustworthy; it’s quite another when young Democrats so vital to her Oval Office quest reach the same conclusion.
The second incident happened in a New Hampshire town-hall setting, where Clinton waved off questions about why Goldman Sachs paid her $675,000 for three speeches. “That’s what they offered,” she said with a shrug.
The audience did not seem to share her indifference. Laughter from the people you are trying to woo is never a good sign.
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