The Democratic establishment is about to have their hands full in the 2020 primary race, and it could create an impassable trench right down the middle of the party.
The upper echelon of the organization is hellbent on anointing a moderate Democrat as their 2020 nominee, but the party’s base is all about a political revolution a la Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism. This infighting came to a head in 2016, as Hillary Clinton was found to have colluded with the DNC in order to rig the primaries against poor ol’ Bernie.
This time around, Sanders has been nigh unstoppable, and some candidates aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.
Advisers to three rival campaigns privately conceded over the weekend that the best anyone else could hope for here is second or third. Some of them gape at the crowd sizes at Sanders’ events — like the swarm of supporters who accompanied Sanders, his fist raised, to an early caucus site in Las Vegas on Saturday, the first day of early voting in the state.
While few expect that Sanders can carry more than a third of the vote in Nevada, nearly everyone believes that will be enough to win in a field where the moderate vote remains splintered. It is becoming a source of celebration for Sanders’ supporters and an urgent problem for those who want to prevent him from claiming the nomination.
Of course, this means that the stakes are high for the Democratic Party should they attempt any 2016-like shenanigans again. The Bernie faithful are watching them like a hawk, and there is sure to be madness should Sanders be slighted again.
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