In a NY Times article titled, “The Problem for Bernie Sanders: The Narrow Lane to Hillary Clinton’s Left,” about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy announcement yesterday, Montclair is called a “liberal enclave.”
Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats, is expected to run to the left of Hillary Clinton. According to the article, “The left wing of the Democratic Party just isn’t big enough to support a challenge to the left of a mainstream liberal Democrat like Mrs. Clinton.” Unless, of course, you’re from “an affluent, secular, well-educated person living along the coasts, in places like Bethesda, Md., Berkeley, Calif., or Montclair, N.J., where the party really is dominated by the uniformly liberal voters who love Elizabeth Warren and harbor at least some reservations about Mrs. Clinton.”
The problem, the article states, is that the Democratic primary electorate is nothing like the liberal enclave of Montclair, or Bethesda and Berkeley. “Elsewhere, the party includes a large number of less educated, more religious — often older, Southern or nonwhite — voters who are far from uniformly liberal.”
What say you Montclair? Are we a “liberal enclave,” and who is your favorite: Sanders or Clinton?