This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.
When Bernie Sanders, the openly socialist senator from Vermont announced he was running for the Democratic nomination for president (even though he is an Independent), people chuckled. They wondered how the slightly unkempt lightweight walk in and "steal" the nomination from the Queen-in-Waiting with her machine in place and money to burn.
They are not laughing now.
Opinion polls show Ms Clinton slipping and Sanders gaining. He has a long way to go, to be sure, but remember Senator Barack Obama? I think it is possible.
For one thing, even Democrats see the phoniness and scripted artificiality in the wooden Hillary, whose speeches are akin to the proverbial fingernails on the chalkboard. Just this week she was in South Carolina telling a largely black audience that "Black lives matter". Unlike the hapless Martin O'Malley, she didn't make the mistake of adding that all lives matter. (Of course, Sanders was also present in Arizona during the O'Malley fiasco, but at least he had the gumption to tell the audience that "If you don't want to hear what I have to say....".
In contrast to Clinton, Sanders doesn't try to mask where he stands on issues-which is to the left of Hillary. He speaks naturally and with the conviction of his beliefs. He resonates with his (liberal) audiences.
One senses that except for the true Clinton kool-aid drinkers, Democratic voters are looking for something more refreshing and genuine than tired old Hillary. They are also starting to finally wake up to the fact that she is dishonest, corrupt, and devoid of any real accomplishments as a senator and secretary of state. They also now see that she is beholden to big money interests just like most all politicians. Further, they see that she is slightly more to the center than this far-left party has now drifted. Sanders, who is about as far left as you can get in the Senate, is the real deal.
Of course, to throw a bucket of cold water over myself, I forgot about the money. Sanders is going to need a big infusion of cash to keep up with the Clinton machine. At any rate, it would be nice to see someone challenge Her Nibs and dirty her up a bit before the general election. I can only hope that there are enough decent and honorable Democrats out there to see how unworthy Hillary Clinton is of the highest office in the land.