A compelling opinion article published in Politico by a group of three writers looks at the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party and the chances the septuagenarian from Vermont has of winning the November, 2016 presidential election. Their conclusion is the same as that by any politically astute observer: Sanders, although immensely popular among liberal Democrats, stands a zero chance of defeating a Republican opponent. The authors do not think Sanders have the numbers to win. “We’ve looked at the numbers: Populism might build crowds, but it can’t deliver victories for Democrats,” they write. Among the writers, is William M. Daley, President Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff. The others are Jonathan Cowan and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky.
However, it must be noted that Sanders still beats a number of Republican opponents, notably Donald Trump, in a hypothetical general election match-up. Also in a poll of New Hampshire Democrats just released by CNN/WMUR, Hillary Clinton trails the Vermont Senator by 10%.