While the other candidates tweet well-researched positions designed to appeal to as many people as possible, Trump doesn't mind offending while he says what he thinks. In a world where big brands control messages, authenticity wins, and that's part of the reason Trump has been so far out in front in the polls.
Sanders has served as an elected official for over 34 years. Clinton has not. Sanders has supported gay rights since the early '80s. Clinton has not.
Many things in politics are a blend of reality and perception. But when it comes to the Presidential nominating process, the balance is completely out of whack.
I call it her Lucille Ball moment when, in last night's CNN Town Hall, in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton, is asked why she took a $675K speaking fee from Goldman Sachs. She could have easily called it out as a sexist question or accusation, instead, she froze and reacted with a nervous, giggly, non-answer.
I'm sure Hillary believes she's her own woman. But she knows how the system works, and so does Bernie. If you accept big money, you know it always comes with strings attached.
For the first half hour of the opening two-way debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both candidates appeared tired. Endless months on the campaign trail seemed to have taken their toll, which is not surprising when you consider that neither leading player exactly qualifies as an ingénue. But thirty minutes in, Clinton sprang into action, forcefully striking back at Sanders for criticizing her acceptance of corporate campaign donations. "Enough is enough," she declared from her perch just inches away. "If you've got something to say, say it directly." Watching her go mano-a-mano with Sanders proved again what we observed eight years ago in her two-way debates with Barack Obama: even when her flaws rise to the surface, Clinton remains a formidable debater who is not afraid to take a swing.
Both sides now have a two-person race, each with an establishment candidate and an outsider. On the left, it's Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders. On the right, it's Marco Rubio vs. Donald Trump. Cruz's win, while it did shake things up, is a distraction.
Those college students and young people are frustrated and anxious about their futures and they're looking for a way to dream big dreams in an uncertain economic climate. I get that. But even these young people accept reality when they have to.
The candidate has held no town hall meetings to date, and he has not spent as much time in the state as many of his opponents. He will need to do more appearances and retail politics in the few days remaining before the primary if he is to maintain his lead.
In the absence of name-calling, smear campaigns, misogyny and conspiracy theorizing by Bernie, his supporters have compensated by doing it all themselves. The Sanders campaign has no need for attack ads, their supporters write infinitely more toxic slurs and accusations in countless blogs.
What made last night's Democratic caucuses so interesting, aside from the fact that Clinton and Sanders virtually tied, was the battle between younger and older voters. If you look at how Iowan Democrats voted by age, it's plain to see that Clinton took home the older vote, while Sanders won huge among millennials.
Donald Trump, the New York billionaire seeking the Republican nomination for president, achieved something monumental in Monday night's Iowa caucuses. He became the very thing he most despises: a loser.
if Sanders actually does win Iowa and New Hampshire, the rest of Silver's state forecasts will change, which could result in his new model making Hillary Clinton the underdog.
I've lived in America for almost ten years now, and one of the recurring pleasures of living in this country is observing the ongoing, repeated subtlety in the differences between living here and living in Ireland.