A few thoughts four days before the New Hampshire primary

By Dave Andrusko

election2016lreLast night’s mano y mano faceoff between pro-abortionists Hillary Clinton and Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders was pretty much all you could have asked for. Each gave as good as they got five days before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Sanders is ahead by about 20 points (31 points in another poll) over the former Secretary of State, not surprising in that he is the U.S. senator from nearby Vermont.

On the Republican side, the latest polls have Donald Trump retaining a commanding lead. Senators Marco Rubio (Fl.) and Ted Cruz (Tx.) are battling for second place, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

But, as Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray cautioned POLITICO, “These people [late deciders] really are volatile.” He added, “They really are undecided. Even if they pick a candidate today or tomorrow, they can change their mind.”

As we’ve talked about a number of times, Sen. Sanders seemed to have cast a spell over younger Democratic voters. Their enthusiasm for him is incredible, as the New York Times reiterated in an interesting piece that ran yesterday.

The headline, as it should, cuts to the chase: “Young Democrats Flock to Bernie Sanders, Spurning Hillary Clinton’s Polish and Poise.”

Meaning? A perception of warm authenticity versus cold calculation:

 

“It seems like he is at the point in his life when he is really saying what he is thinking,” said Olivia Sauer, 18, a college freshman who returned to her hometown, Ames, Iowa, to caucus for Mr. Sanders.

“With Hillary,” she said, “sometimes you get this feeling that all of her sentences are owned by someone.”

Clinton’s painfully clumsy attempts to connect with Millennials is the stuff of a Saturday Night Live skit. Amy Chozick and Yamiche Alcindor write

The day after Mrs. Clinton, 68, barely eked out a win over Mr. Sanders in Iowa, her campaign held a conference call with prominent Democratic supporters. Several of the officials, who are delegates to the party’s convention, expressed concerns about the campaign’s sometimes awkward attempts to reach young voters, including its reliance on baby boomer celebrities who have less resonance with the millennial generation.

“I’m very close to Jamie Lee Curtis and I know she was there, but she’s not young anymore,” Rosalind Wyman, a prominent Democrat in Los Angeles, said of the 57-year-old actress and spokeswoman for Activia yogurt, who campaigned for Mrs. Clinton in Iowa.

Who is Jamie Lee Curtis, besides a spokesman for yogurt? If you are a certain age you remember she made her film debut in 1978 starring in John Carpenter’s “Halloween.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Be sure to tune in the Republican debate Saturday night on ABC News.