Here Comes Bernie Sanders.

The latest national poll is in, and here comes the political revolution.

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It’s happening.

According to a Monmouth University poll released today, Biden is no longer in first place nationally. In fact, he isn’t even in second. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have finally done what the pundits at the beginning of this primary season could have never seen coming, and have taken the lead in a crowded field of candidates. Bernie is now number one, with Warren in a statistical tie.

On one hand it isn’t exactly surprising, at least if you have been paying attention to the broad coalition of likely democratic voters Bernie continues to build, his domination of the second debate, and the most monumental and standout policy proposals to tackle climate change as well as criminal justice reform. It might not be surprising if you’ve watched Warren’s rise and her stellar campaign strategy that’s undeniably attracted a significant chunk of the base.

On the other hand, this is huge.

Not only did Bernie have the single greatest rise out of all the candidates since the last Monmouth poll (he surged six points), but Joe Biden has the single greatest drop (he dropped thirteen points). While we’ve seen signs of this impending drop in the Biden campaign for a while now, it seems fair to say that this is certainly indicative that the Biden fade is finally and indefinitely here.

As I’ve said before, now is not the time for a candidate who will tell his rich donors that nothing will fundamentally change. Now is not the time for a candidate who’s own wife essentially admitted his healthcare plan isn’t as good as others. Now is not the time for a candidate who every single day gives voters a new reason to question if they are mentally up to the challenge of a rigorous general election fight and the presidency.

We are seeing the electability argument implode before our very eyes. As much as I like Elizabeth Warren, this is Bernie Sanders’ time to shine.

This is the political revolution, and Bernie is proving time and time again that his people driven campaign is viable, and he is in it to win it. We are living in the middle of a cultural shift, in which a growing number of people are rejecting the corporate media narrative and choosing the man they know has been on their side for over thirty years, for as long as he’s held power.

Now more than ever, it’s critical that the left engages in meaningful, productive conversations with Joe Biden supporters, especially the majority that picked Bernie Sanders as their second choice, and convince them to make the shift. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking, but I truly believe this is only the beginning. If Bernie Sanders plays his cards right, and performs well in the next debate as more and more people begin to pay attention, the nomination could be his for the taking.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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