Bernie Sanders, despite losing in Nevada to Hillary Clinton, is crushing Hillary among young voters. Bernie won voters aged 17 to 29 by 68 points and those aged 30 to 44 by 27 points, reports Jim Geraghty in NRO.
Democratic voters consistently say Mr. Sanders is more honest and cares more about people like them.
These are not the usual weaknesses for a Democratic nominee, and we haven’t even gotten to the FBI investigation yet. Sure, most of those 7 million Sanders voters will fall in line by November, but the more it looks like the Democratic National Committee stacked the deck in her favor, the angrier they will be at the “Washington establishment.” And as Jeb Bush learned in the Republican primary, this is the wrong cycle to be seen as the “establishment.”
Yes, there are huge differences between Bernie Sanders, an aging white socialist from Burlington, Vermont, and Donald Trump, an ostentatious trust-fund baby.
But quite a few independent voters look at the two men and just see two outsiders willing to tear up the existing system, expressing their frustration with the state of the country in the same mad-as-hell-and-not-taking-it-anymore tone. There are some key differences between Trump and Sanders, but these differences don’t necessarily work in Clinton’s favor. For starters, Trump is a lot meaner than Sanders. Sanders initially gave Hillary a pass on her private e-mail server, declaring that, “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails!”
Clinton has proven herself slow-footed, clumsy on the attack, unfocused, laughably dishonest, and as quick to blame her staff as ever. Just imagine how she’d fare against the media-fueled Godzilla that is the Trump campaign.
Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses as a presidential candidate are not going to disappear if she wins the nomination. As Mr. Geraghty notes, Hillary is about the worst standard bearer Democrats could ask for.