Jim Hickey’s American Politics

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New York City Mayor Unofficially Shows Some Support for Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton appears to be a shoe-in for the Democratic Party’s nomination as their candidate for president in 2016. She has some competition, but with many donors already locked up, the potential field on the Democratic side of the political spectrum is not seen as anywhere near as open as that on the Republican side where there are too many candidates to fit on one debate stage. Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee is running, but unless you are a political news junkie, you wouldn’t know it from the utter lack of enthusiasm his campaign has garnered. Keith Mann (youtube.com) knows that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is running as well, but he doesn’t seem to be getting much traction either although it is early in the process.

The only candidate who is garnering any enthusiasm in giving Hillary Clinton any kind of a race for the nomination is Bernie Sanders. Political realists would probably call him too far to the left to have any chance of winning the presidency even if he got his party’s nomination. He did, however, get one interesting unofficial expression of support from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who has said he is skipping an upcoming Hillary Clinton rally in his state and who then had positive things to say about Bernie Sanders. This is especially telling given that the mayor was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s successful run for the Senate in 2000. Sanders may still not have a chance, but it’s clear not everyone is enamored with the choice of Hillary.

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