Democratic insiders: Bernie could win the nomination

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    JonLP
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    His resiliency in the primary has caught the attention of the party establishment.

    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.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/26/can-bernie-sanders-win-2020-election-president-089636

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    Newsweek also has a version of this story.  Hmm,wonder what it means that there was a similar story on Common Dreams, the one you post above, plus one at Newsweek. How did all three outlets get this story going at the same time?

    The Newsweek story seems based on comments from an Obama insider and also on Bernie’s rise in the polls.

     

    https://www.newsweek.com/former-obama-advisor-take-bernie-sanders-very-seriously-polls-1479231

     

     

  • #243256

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    Denial – “I’ll never vote for that slobbery-lipped old Jew, #NeverBernie #Resistance #AnybodyButBernie”

    Anger – “HOW FUCKING DARE THESE BERNIEBROS KEEP TRYING TO PUSH ANOTHER OLD WHITE MAN AGAINST CANDIDATES OF COLOR LIKE KAMALA AND CORY AND BETO oh wait?!?!”

    Bargaining – “Look, we have Elizabeth Warren. Take her. She’s just like Bernie, except all the ways she’s nothing like him. Come on, if you don’t like her, we’ve got this guy named Pete… No? Okay, really this time, Warren? please, just… anyone but Bernie, please?”

    Depression – “Kamala’s dropped out. Warren’s sinking. Bingbong O’Rourke and Cory were never-weres. Bloomberg’s a joke and Biden will lose to Trump. We’re fucking doomed.”

    Acceptance – “You know… Maybe Bernie CAN win… maybe.”

  • #243287

    Snort McDork
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    Here’s The Damage Reports version. The establishment must really be freaking out now. Thanks Politico for finally waking up.

     

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  • #243290

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    I don’t for a moment believe that they just now realized Sanders could win it – he came too close in 2016.  What I do believe is that they’ve realized they can’t plausibly keep trying to bury him with competitors or ignore him away; they’ll have to move on to the “laugh at you/fight you” stages.

    Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

  • #243318

    incognito
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    No kidding, morons.

    They have finally figured out his movement is too massive to steal the election. How could they possibly purge millions of voters from the rolls without being too obvious? Impossible to do.

    They best go out and buy some new bootstraps they have always told us to pull up…because their reckoning is coming.

    Game. Set. Match. Fuckers.

     

  • #243328

    Snort McDork
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    Yup. Bring on Iowa and NH, then Nevada, then SC and then Calif and the rest of Super Tuesday we’ll see who gets the last laugh.

    I can’t wait.

    I’m so full of hate of these corporate bastards I should probably be a sidekick for Kylo Ren or The Emperor, or some other evil bastard.

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