In light of Bernie Sanders' crushing victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night, it seems like more of the political pundits are starting to finally figure out the source of his surging strength in the polls. In a word, it's millennials. The Sanders victory also means that those pundits, and just about everybody else, owe those millennials a big fat apology.
Here's why: Many of us assumed that younger voters supported Barack Obama in 2008 because he was the younger and flashier candidate. Now we know that was wrong and it is a lot more about economics than cosmetics.
Let's get real. When it comes to appearance, age, background — even the way they speak — Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders couldn't be more different. The media portrayed then-Senator Obama as the essence of cool and style back in 2008 so much so that Hillary Clinton complained about it openly. By contrast, there's nothing flashy or cool about the 74-year-old Sanders with his thick Brooklyn accent and wrinkled suits. I don't think there's any danger of MSNBC's Chris Matthews declaring that Sanders' voice is giving him a stirring tingling in his legs.