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And the point we want to make is how the Democratic presidential contest, which is neck-and-neck in Iowa, has turned into a true fight over the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. Do Democrats go with the candidate essentially running on continuity with President Obama (Clinton), or do they back the candidate promising revolution (Sanders)? Should their nominee be another Clinton? Or should it be a self-avowed democratic socialist who hasn't been a member of the party until now?
We've spent so much time looking at the establishment-vs.-insurgent divide inside the Republican Party, but don't dismiss the equally compelling fight within the Democratic Party over where it should be entering Year 8 of the Obama presidency. NBC's Perry Bacon puts it well: It's a contest between the dreamers (Sanders and his supporters) and the doers (Clinton and her supporters).
Sanders wins among the Democrats who want change, Clinton wins among those who want experience and a tested candidate