The crowded democratic field of candidates is starting to become a real problem for the liberal left.
After two nights of debate, there has been a mild shakeup among the twenty candidates who qualified to the take the stage. Joe Biden was once a far-and-away favorite, but Senators Liz Warren and Kamala Harris have been nipping at his heels this week, proving that the nomination is far from decided despite how it’s been framed by the media-savvy Biden campaign team.
That leaves 2016 primary candidate Bernie Sanders in 4th place – not a bad spot to be if it wasn’t a virtue three-way tie at the top.
Bernie’s roost in the second tier of candidates demonstrates that his radical ideas about socialism and incarcerated felons voting don’t line up with the true heart of the American people.
But that hasn’t stopped his team from gravitating toward every news camera or junior reporter they can to get the word out that Bernie’s doing just fine.
..Sanders’ aides are defiant: They believe that Washington journalists are getting the presidential election wrong all over again, underestimating Sanders’ large volunteer base and mistaking temporary changes in surveys as permanent shifts in the race. They see the up-and-down polling — some of which has shown him gaining ground after the debates — as proof the primary is wide open. And they think that if Biden continues to lose support, as he did after Harris landed a blow on him in the first debate, Sanders is best positioned to win over his voters.
“When he announced in 2016, a lot of people in the elite class said that he stood no chance and couldn’t win. Over the course of his campaign, he proved a lot of people wrong,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager. “Fast forward to 2019, and you have some of the same skeptics saying it’s dead, it’s all over. I think they will be similarly proven wrong.”
That wasn’t the end of the hardy posturing, either.
“It’s a very volatile field,” said Jeff Weaver, a top adviser to Sanders. “There will be huge swings in polling based on a moment. But if all it took to be president was a memorable debate performance, then a lot of people would be president. This is about a long-term campaign that is heavily dependent on organization and ground game in the states.”
Sanders’ wild ideas aside, the campaign has indicated that they still believe the path to the White House lies in convincing the United States that Bernie can best Donald Trump in the general election – not necessarily in providing a road map for the nation beyond that.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.