There are two things that would almost certain sink the Democrats’ chances of retaking the White House in 2020: The return of Hillary Clinton to the spotlight or the nomination of Bernie Sanders to the ticket.
Clinton has long flirted with the idea of running again in 2020, often tweeting not-so-cryptic threats to enter the race to the moans and groans of the Democratic Party’s faithful. They see Clinton as cursed, having been caught rigging the 2016 primary against the aforementioned Sanders, driving away the liberal votes necessary to have stopped Donald Trump from ascending to the highest office in the land.
For Sanders, things are a bit less complicated. His propensity for democratic socialism makes him a tough sell to all but the most radical leftists, and opens him up for easy criticism against the capitalist-incarnate Donald Trump.
That’s why many within the Democratic Party are so concerned with Sanders’ recent rise.
“There is overall uncertainty which is growing. The real fear for Texas D’s remains Sanders,” Bill Miller, a longtime Austin lobbyist who has worked with both Democrats and Republicans, said of a Sanders ticket. “’We’d be f***ed’ — that’s what they’re saying. The drain at the top goes down to the bottom.”
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