We already knew this more than a week ago:
However, what’s different is that front page articles are starting to trickle out. For the first time that I was able to notice, Bernie was the top article, complete with picture, on cnn.com. I think this was Friday, maybe yesterday. I just remember that he was the lead. They change their lead article so often and I don’t check it enough to know if it has happened before or not. But it was the first time I saw it.
Also, reference @Cowicide’s graph:
Labor Day weekend is the typical “launch” to campaign season, with everything in the summer months acting as groundwork. I call it a traditional “hard start date” because it’s really already going. But it’s like day after Thanksgiving = Christmas season, even though Wal Mart puts out the fake christmas trees before Halloween now. Similarly, Labor Day is considered the traditional “day 0” to campaigning season.
Now, with Bernie polling above Hillary in New Hampshire, and almost neck-and-neck in Iowa, it is essentially an even race at the starting gate with a clear momentum going to Bernie. That’s the operative part. Momentum. Can he continue to shave support from Hillary? Calving, really, like huge chunks falling off an advancing glacier. Can he continue to get support from non-traditional sources, such as anti-Trump Republicans? Can he improve his standing with women and minorities? Can he continue to emerge as a non-fringe candidate? Time will tell. My bet is that if he continues to organize as well as he and his team have done so far, the answers will all be yes.
As to another comment on another thread that we are mistaking the Presidential race for a monarchical understanding of US politics, let me say this. All monarchies, democracies, pseudo-democracies, flawed democracies and outright despotic dictatorships are subject to one ultimate master: the collective. No government or despot in the history of the world has ever been able to stand up to the eventual desires of the plurality of the citizenry. Not for very long. They’ve been able to put people off, tip the balance to 51% of people on their side for a while, even to delude everyone for a great long while, giving meager concessions to maintain the charade, for centuries even. But when those chickens come home to roost, they come in hard and strong. That short rewrite of the process of revolution is an unbroken pattern in human history. Maybe someone more scholarly than I am could shed some light on that fact, @Mindysan33 perhaps.
What’s different about Bernie is what he represents, backing him up. He represents a sea-change of ideology about how government is conducted in a general sense. Both traditional Democrats and Republicans, as we have long debated here, have become corporatist automatons. We know from his record that Bernie represents no such cliché.
And of course so much more needs to be done. It’s not just Bernie. We need to pack the other branches of government with people who understand and support the ultimate supremacy of the middle and lower classes. There will be a ton of work to do on that front, don’t get me wrong. Bernie is not the savior. He’s not the panacea. But he’s a great first step at restoring what we all need, and I think if we managed to elect him, we could make the other stuff happen more quickly.
Fingers are tired. That’s all.