Beltway media and politicians alike have already begun writing Bernie Sanders 2016 obituary after his loss to Secretary Clinton in the Nevada caucuses, but what they seem to be forgetting is that they began writing his 2016 obituary since he threw his hat into the ring last fall. They said he had no chance against a powerhouse like Secretary Clinton and that he would be out of the race before the voting even begins. A virtual tie in Iowa and an overwhelming win in New Hampshire later and they still can't admit that he is a legitimate rival to Mrs. Clinton. They are doing so at their peril.
The 2016 Democratic Primary race seems to have a sense of déjà vu all over again. For those who were too young or have forgotten, the 2008 campaign pitted an underdog Senator no one gave a chance against the heir apparent of the Democratic Party. This underdog Senator struck a chord in the Democratic base and went on to win the nomination, and the Presidency, after a grueling primary campaign.
President Obama won the 2008 Democratic nomination for many reasons, but one thing he understood was that the American people are longing for a candidate who understands their problems and will fight for them after they get in office. Senator Sanders is that candidate this election cycle. From his early days as a political activist during the civil rights movement to serving the public as a mayor, U.S. Representative, and eventually U.S. Senator, he has spent his life fighting for the causes he believes in. I have no doubt he will do the same thing when he is elected President.
Current state polls show Senator Sanders ahead or within striking distance in the states that really matter this November. It's true that Secretary Clinton maintains wide leads in southern and other traditionally Republican states, but Senator Sanders is close or ahead in the solidly Democratic and many of the swing states. Those are the states Democrats need to really pay attention to because those are the states that are likely to decide who becomes the nominee in 2016.
As the old saying goes, "it ain't over till it's over" and the Democratic Primary is far from over. Senator Sanders has become a formidable challenger to Secretary Clinton against all odds and anything can happen between now and the time the final primary vote is cast.