This is Bernie Sanders's first significant tactical error:
"There's a huge gap right now between Congress and the American people. What presidential leadership is about closing that gap," he told MSNBC in an interview Wednesday that will air in full Thursday evening….
Asked if he believed President Obama had closed that gap, Sanders said: "No, I don't. I mean, I think he has made the effort. But I think what we need, when I talk about a political revolution, is bringing millions and millions of people into the political process in a way that does not exist right now."
Those words will of course haunt him going into a heavily African-American, Obama-adoring South Carolina Democratic primary, and they'll haunt him tonight in the PBS debate.
Indeed, they're already haunting him. From the Clinton campaign's press secretary: