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The base is done with The Establishment. They’ve had it with the same tired, compromised, money-soaked power-brokers who feel entitled to votes and they’re looking for someone to shake things up and send a message. Yes, it seems New Hampshire Democrats are fed up:
It is part of Mrs. Clinton’s play to win New Hampshire, which is shaping up to be a vital state for the candidate once seen as the inevitable 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drawing close in Iowa, and Vice President Joe Biden weighing a South Carolina launch pad, New Hampshire may wind up as critical to Mrs. Clinton’s path to her party’s nomination.
New Hampshire turned her husband into the self-declared “comeback kid” in 1992 after a second-place finish, and it revived then-New York Sen. Clinton’s 2008 run after a loss to Barack Obama in Iowa. Now, the Clinton campaign is trying to win it again by closing the gap with Mr. Sanders, who has moved ahead in polls. While Mrs. Clinton still leads in Iowa, neither she nor her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has prevailed in the caucuses when there was a competitive race.
Last week, Mrs. Clinton drew about 600 people to a forum on college costs at the University of New Hampshire, and she told the crowd she was thrilled that an overflow room was needed to accommodate them. Two days later, some 3,000 people came out to see Mr. Sanders on the same campus.
Here’s something to consider: Clinton’s not going to get better. There’s no untapped potential here, no latent talent waiting to burst forth if only given the chance. Moreover, Democrats have seen Hillary Clinton perform at this level before and — eight years ago — they decided to pass on her in favor of the new shiny.
Now, Clinton’s eight years older and has not only the burden of her husband’s baggage, but an increasingly heavy load of her own. She can’t blame the last eight years on the incumbent as she could in 2008, the good parts of her husband’s legacy are wildly out of date, and America’s already had a “transformative,” history-making election.
Betting against the Clintons is generally not a good idea, and it’s hard to see how Bernie Sanders ends up in the White House. Biden’s a slightly different matter — I mean, people clearly are willing to put him the proverbial one-heartbeat away — but it’s a tougher journey from the Naval Observatory to the White House than we generally credit. Sure, there may be some dark horse lurking in the shadows that will make us all wonder how we didn’t see him coming, but it’s also late in the season.
The Democrats may well be stuck with Clinton. That’s looking increasingly good for us.Published in