History repeats itself. According to the New York Times, Democratic donors, aka the Democratic establishment, have been holding secret meetings to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming the 2020 Democratic candidate.
This would be thesecond election cycle in a row where Sanders got cheated out of his nomination. In 2016 the socialist got pushed out by Hillary Clinton and ended up submitting to the Democratic establishment.
The not-so-secret pow-wows are taking place in backrooms and involve a number of big names like Democratic mega-donor Bernard Schwartz, who has been leading the charge against Sanders from New York, and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-MY) marshaling support in D.C. South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has reportedly attended the tet-a-tets and, of course, members of the Clinton world are involved, including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and longtime Clinton defender, David Brock.
They all seem to have their reasons; for some, they’re still bitter over how Sanders refused to acknowledge and actively support Hillary Clinton as the nominee, given how much pull he commanded with grassroots Democrats. Others fear a far-left candidate could tank their chances against President Donald Trump, either because Sanders doesn’t have wide appeal in significant swing states, or because a far-left candidate could open the field to a third party.
Democrats are counting on the “uniting force” of not liking Donald Trump to push them ahead of the current president, but they also know that, outside of social media and some urban centers where Democrats already command the vote, “Democratic socialism” isn’t a popular concept. And to take the 2020 presidential election, Democrats will need to win in blue-collar, Rust Belt states where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is reviled.According to the New York Times, the Democrat donors are worried about the delegates being “carved up” between all of the Democratic candidates.
The primary schedule next year is unique, and Super Tuesday — the day around 25% of all delegates are awarded — comes unusually close on the heels of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. By early March, 40% of available delegates will be decided, and the results could be so disparate, no single candidate will command a majority by the time the Democratic National Convention rolls into Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” the Daily Wire reports.
The Times noted that, “Unlike Republicans, who used a winner-take-all primary format, Democrats use a proportional system, so candidates only need to garner 15 percent of the vote in a primary or caucus to pick up delegates and even if a candidate fails to capture 15 percent statewide, he or she could still win delegates by meeting that vote threshold in individual congressional districts.”
Let’s also not forget that the Democratic Party uses super delegates who can invalidate all the primary votes if there is a second vote with the nomination.
Not looking good for the 79 year old socialist. Time will tell but by the looks of things, the Democratic establishment is not on his side.
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