It’s Time for the Election to Heat Up

A year from today, we’ll be swearing in a new president. Will it be a guy who calls himself a Democratic Socialist? The answer is, not if a lot of Democrats have anything to say about it.

Said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): “The Republicans won’t touch [Sanders] because they can’t wait to run an ad with a hammer and sickle.”

On the other hand, a new CNN/WMUR poll out of New Hampshire shows voters there breaking hard and late for the Vermont senator.

Bernie Sanders’ lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire is on the rise, with the Vermont senator leading the former secretary of state by 27 points, 60% to 33%, a new CNN/WMUR poll has found.

The new poll, mostly conducted before Sunday night’s debate, found Sanders’ support has grown by 10 points since a late-November/early December CNN/WMUR poll, which found Sanders holding 50% to Clinton’s 40%.

The whole spectacle has Democrats forming a circular firing squad, and some of my friends are not impressed.

Personally, I don’t think things have gotten all that nasty. There has probably been less than the standard rough and tumble between the Clinton and Sanders camps, and we should expect things to heat up a bit now as the voting looms on the horizon.

But, like in any healthy relationship, it’s important not to say things that you can never take back. Go ahead and say you’ll never vote for the other candidate, but no one should believe you, including yourself.

Stay calm, keep your head, do your work, and live with the results.

That’s my advice.

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Martin Longman

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