You're coming up on your party's primaries, giving you a chance to pick a presidential candidate.
I wanted to share a thought with you about that.
It's this: excitement.
One of those candidates started with enormous name recognition, a historical-record-making war chest, serious support from the party apparatus, a base in one of the most important states, experience in national campaigns, and support from many, many of the wealthiest people and entities in America.
The other began with nearly zero name recognition, based in a tiny, marginal, and frankly strange little state. He refused big money donations. The Democratic party apparatus barely admits he's alive on a good day, and otherwise openly wars against him. Mainstream media wouldn't touch him with a stick until about a week ago, and now those journalists are overwhelming telling you to shun the man.
And now these two are running neck and neck in the first primaries.
Think about that, how Sanders is evenly challenging Clinton, and sometimes even polling ahead, despite the massive disparity in resources and advantages.
Think about why that might be. Consider that Sanders has a lot to offer, and the possibility that he might, just might, be better at energizing voters than Clinton.
Look ahead to the fall campaign. If Hillary wins the nomination, what kind of turnout will she be able to muster, when she can barely crack 50% against Bernie given all of her advantages? How many Congressional candidates will she be able to bring to Washington come 2017?
On the other hand, imagine what Bernie could achieve, once he gets access to any of the advantages and support Hillary has had.
There's a reason for that excitement gap, and the Democratic party has much to gain by not shrugging it off as immature, but by embracing it as a path to victory.
Please consider it.