It is Madison, but the turnout for a Bernie Sanders rally at the Coliseum rivaled the days when Bob Johnson and the Wisconsin Badgers got a standing ovation from a full house skating on for warm-ups.
It is clear that the progressive base of the Democratic Party is fed up with Hillary Clinton, the cozy-with-Wall-Street party insider who parlayed political connections into a nine-figure fortune after leaving the White House “dead broke.”  In fact, the big news the Clinton Campaign intended to tout on the day of Sanders’s triumph brought home the point: her campaign has managed to raise $45 million.

Does anyone in the Hillary campaign think they can draw ten thousand wildly enthusiastic supporters to cheer, stomp, and call out her name in an orgy of political thrills?  I suspect they are considering the question this morning, thinking that out of 16 million or so people in the Greater New York Area, perhaps ten thousand is not an insurmountable number.  In Greater Madison, with a population of 568,593 in the 2010 Census, it is certainly an impossibility.
Among the true believers on the right, it might suffice to call out the Democrats as an odd coalition of the gentry and the destitute.
The dirty secret of the Dems is that they are the party of the super-rich and the underclass, while the GOP is the party of the bourgeois – the rising small businesses, the wealth creators.  In order to fund themselves and their turnout efforts, the Dems need a skilled hypocrite like Hillary (only more convincing, as were her husband and Barack Obama), able to denounce the wealthy while Hoovering up their cash with a nod and wink.

Will the Sanders crowd willingly assent to a Hillary candidacy?  Maybe.  But I doubt they will have much enthusiasm about it, and the Dems need to wring every vote possible out of low-information, uninvolved people who on their own wouldn’t show up at the polls.
But it takes something to beat a Democrat, and the Wisconsin Republicans still seem mired in "Not a Leftist."  Yes, there's a lot of 1964, or 1932, in Democratic manifestoes.  But it's still easy for Democrats to invoke 1876 or 1896 or 1928 in the Republican message, that is, if there is a message.

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