In 2004 I campaigned hard for John Kerry, in 2008 and 2012 I proudly voted for President Obama.
This year I just can't feel the Bern. This is true even though I agree that single payer health care would be much better than our current system of relying on private insurance to fulfill the public function of providing health carel. It is true even though I agree that college tuition is too high, and admire Senator Sanders for proudly embracing the Socialist label.
Why? Because the rhetoric about a "rigged economy" feels hackneyed, a bit too obvious, too much cops and robbers. I'm not opposed to raising marginal tax rates on high earners, but this should be to fund positive social goods and not simply for revenge.
My own reservations about Sanders are focused on his rhetorical excesses. I can't say that I am all that enthused about a Clinton presidency, because I'm not. Just as in 2008, so far she has run like she was destined to win rather than as someone who wants the office. Hopefully last night's "virtual tie" in Iowa will light a fire.
Despite her flaws, as many others have pointed out Clinton stands a much better chance of getting things accomplished with Congress than the Bern. And so my vote but not my enthusiasm will be with Secretary Clinton.