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Barnicle: Bernie Mania Is Real and Powerful

Many in the press have dismissed the enthusiasm out there for Sanders. They would be wise to reconsider.
Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Amherst,...

Why is Bernie Sanders resonating with so many American across the country? Mike Barnicle weighs in on the appeal of the senator from Vermont and the uphill battle for his Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. 

He writes in The Daily Beast: 

Sanders has never wavered from his core beliefs across four decades. Now, the cross-currents of culture, politics, endless war, anxiety, frustration, a 2008 economic collapse of markets and confidence have swirled together to present Hillary Clinton with a ghost of 2008: a man, another man, whose time may have simply arrived…for the moment. ... Hillary Clinton is a determined, focused, competent candidate of intelligence and accomplishment. But there is a wariness people seem to have about her and an emotional distance she creates, no doubt unintentionally, between her and the voters she needs to get where she’s always wanted to go.

So it’s Bernie Sanders, at 74, voice carrying just an edge of anger, hands used as an exclamation point on sentences he’s been streaming for years, who is attracting crowds filled with energy and emotion.

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