I saw this pop up in a variety of places recently and kind of ignored it, but I don’t think I can really ignore it any longer.
Courtesy of Politico:
Suddenly, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is being taken seriously.
For months, the Vermont senator was written off by Democratic Party insiders as a candidate with a committed but narrow base who was too far left to win the primary. Elizabeth Warren had skyrocketed in the polls and seemed to be leaving him behind in the race to be progressive voters’ standard-bearer in 2020.
But in the past few weeks, something has changed. In private conversations and on social media, Democratic officials, political operatives and pundits are reconsidering Sanders’ chances.
“It may have been inevitable that eventually you would have two candidates representing each side of the ideological divide in the party. A lot of smart people I’ve talked to lately think there’s a very good chance those two end up being Biden and Sanders,” said David Brock, a longtime Hillary Clinton ally who founded a pro-Clinton super PAC in the 2016 campaign. “They’ve both proven to be very resilient.”
Democratic insiders said they are rethinking Sanders’ bid for a few reasons: First, Warren has recently fallen in national and early state surveys. Second, Sanders has withstood the ups and downs of the primary, including a heart attack. At the same time, other candidates with once-high expectations, such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Beto O’Rourke, have dropped out or languished in single digits in the polls.
“I believe people should take him very seriously. He has a very good shot of winning Iowa, a very good shot of winning New Hampshire, and other than Joe Biden, the best shot of winning Nevada,” said Dan Pfeiffer, who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama. “He could build a real head of steam heading into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.”
I have made no secret that Sanders is not my top pick to win the Democratic nomination.
In fact until recently he was not even in the top five.
But as more and more candidates fall by the wayside he has moved up to currently occupy a number three of four spot on my list, depending on the day.
Having said that I am already on the record as saying that I will support and vote for whichever candidate the Democrats eventually choose.
Having Bernie as our candidate would certainly make the choice much more stark that’s for sure.
I mean it would be the habitually lying, die hard capitalist VS the painfully honest, unapologetic socialist.
It would be a clash of personalities, ideologies, and even theologies considering that Sanders is Jewish and Trump belongs to a cult of one that worships himself.
The bombastic speeches alone would be highly entertaning, but at the end of the day I am just not certain that Bernie could beat Trump.
To many people “socialist” is still a dirty word, even more so than “pussy grabber.”
So I really don’t know at this point.
I hope it is Elizabeth Warren, but if it is not feel free to sign me up for whichever campaign emerges victorious.
I am in it to win it, period.