What was supposed to be a coronation for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest has turned into such a tough fight that the former Secretary of State may end up losing in both states to Bernie Sanders. Sanders refused to affiliate himself with the Democratic Party throughout his twenty-five years in Congress, preferring to call himself a Socialist.
If anything, both appear to be gaining momentum as the contests approach. Donald Trump picked up a big endorsement this week from Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin who joined Trump on the campaign trail in Iowa. Sanders has managed to leverage his hostility to super-PACs and deep-pocket donors into a small-ticket fundraising machine strong enough that Clinton’s campaign now openly frets that Team Sanders could outraise in hard money.
A year ago, the possibility of a general election in which two outsiders ended up with major-party nominations seemed like bad political fiction, a fantasy dreamed up by pundits. Now, a Trump-Sanders showdown in November isn’t just possible, it’s one of the more likely outcomes. That would guarantee a populist, anti-establishment outcome and could even become the greatest shock to the American political system since the advent of the two-party system in the mid-nineteenth century.The article goes on to tell the cautionary tale of woe that was Minnesota's experimentation with the election of Independent Jesse the body Ventura as Governor. Closing the article with "the ancient Minnesotan proverb"... be careful what you wish for, uff dah – you might just get it, you betcha.
For obvious reasons this may not be the best time to be experimenting with Bernie's Socialism or Trump's brand of National Populism. In terms of having their house in order in a 'first of it's kind' comprehensive "Best Countries" report the United States in now #4 in the world.
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