Feb 10, 2016 5:52 PM

Landrigan: Bernie Sanders as electoral phenomenon; moment in time or lasting movement?


CONCORD - This was the widest winning margin for a real competitive presidential primary on the Democratic side.

Is it a moment in time or a real movement that can last? NH1 News examines Bernie Sanders as electoral phenomenon.

"What happened here in New Hampshire in terms of an enthusiastic and aroused electorate, people who came out in large numbers that is what will happen all over this country," Sanders declares at his election night party.

He did it. Bernie Sanders not just beat Hillary Clinton, this was a total smack down winning women, all age groups but those over 65 and all incomes up to 200K a year.

"The Sanders campaign took on and defeated the most powerful political machine in the country is pretty significant," says State Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, one of the few elected officials not on the Hillary Clinton bandwagon from the beginning.

And a dazed, national frontrunner left to think out loud about how in the world she can pull off a complete reset.

"What is the best way to change peoples’ lives so we can all grow together? Who is the best change maker?" Clinton asks rhetorically.

"You are,’’ a supporter yells from the audience.

Sanders urges supporters to brace for an assault.

"They are throwing everything at me except the kitchen sink and I have the feeling that kitchen sink is coming pretty soon as well,’’ Sanders says.

Has he come up with a national winning formula or is this a single lightning strike?

"His message is really about justice and it is about hope. Justice and hope are things that can sell anywhere," Cushing says.

Meanwhile Hillary 2.0, 2016 style is all about her being the Wall Street change agent.

"And I will fight to rein in Wall Street and you know what I know how to do it,’’ Clinton vows.

"Thank you New Hampshire,’’ Sanders concludes.


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