While over the course of 2019 other Democratic hopefuls have risen and fallen, two constants have remained atop the national polls: Joe Biden and the junior senator from Vermont. Yet only now, in the slow holiday news cycle, has the political press begun to notice the latter.
A Thursday headline in The New York Times sought to explain “Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat.” “Suddenly, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is being taken seriously,” Politico announced early that same day.
Reporters might be forgiven dismissing Sanders in the spring of 2015, when the 73-year-old entered the national stage to wage an openly socialist campaign against Hillary Clinton. He was too old, his ideas too radical.