On one hand, I cannot believe that anyone this country is crazy enough to consider Bernie Sanders is a legitimate candidate for higher office when its not even clear he can regularly locate his car keys. On the other hand, the poll is from Wisconsin, and that would be the segment of our nation’s population crazy enough to consider Bernie Sanders a legitimate candidate for President. After all, they consider Miller Lite “beer” and the Green Bay Packers a “football team.”
Anyway, yes, America. Bernie Sanders is now within double-digits of our fair Democratic maven, Hillary Clinton – something her entire campaign should be melting down over right about now.
Hillary Clinton is crushing the rest of the Democratic presidential field in national polls, but over the weekend, in a Wisconsin straw poll, there was reason to give the Clinton camp pause and the Bernie Sanders camp hope — Sanders scored a strong second-place finish with 41 percent of the vote, to Clinton’s 49 percent.
The Vermont senator, a self-described democratic socialist and a long shot for the White House, received 208 of 511 delegate votes at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention in Milwaukee on Saturday, while Clinton won votes from 252 of the delegates, leaving her just short of a majority.
Jim Webb, who, like Sanders and Clinton are technically “actively campaigning” came in dead last, behind Martin O’Malley, who is still insisting that the entire country must be made to share Maryland’s shame of having elected him, and Joe Biden who isn’t technically running for anything just yet. Nationwide, Hillary Clinton still has a commanding lead over Sanders, by almost fifty points.
Wisconsin’s progressive activists responded to the poll by noting that Wisconsin’s progressives are, in short, crazy, and are looking to a fresh and successful alternative to Scott Walker, who they claim is the most conservative person they’ve ever met. According to the activists, Wisconsin is now a smoking hole in the ground thanks to public sector employee pension reform, though outside experts on the subject of smoking holes in the ground beg to differ. Clinton spokespeople responded by pretending Wisconsin isn’t necessarily important to the maintenance of our union, noting that Clinton “looks forward” to meeting the people of Wisconsin, competing in their primary, then going back to ignoring them until they have a natural disaster.
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