Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
If I were to have told you two months ago that Bernie Sanders would be up 12 points nationally and that Joe Biden had collapsed, you’d have called me crazy. Yet, that’s exactly the current situation.
A new poll has come out in it’s pretty awful news for “anybody but Bernie” wing of the Democratic party, which includes quite a few commentators on channels like CNN and MSNBC.
NPR/PBS/Marist National Dem Poll
(+/- since December)
Sanders 31% (+9)
Bloomberg 19% (+15)
Biden 15% (-9)
Warren 12% (-5)
Klobuchar 9% (+5)
Buttigieg 8% (-5)
Steyer 2% (+1)https://t.co/O0HiDVR60a
— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) February 18, 2020
This is panic time for Democrats, many of which recognize that Bernie’s open support for communism represents an existential threat to his candidacy.
The problem is that he’s all but inevitable now. Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race has largely backfired, sucking out the oxygen out of the “moderate” lane (which isn’t actually moderate at all). He’s getting all the unearned media, all the headlines, etc. leaving Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar to die on the vine after receiving some temporary hype coming out of New Hampshire.
Sure, you still some people game planning out on Twitter ways in which Bernie can be overtaken, but I’ve yet to see anything convincing. What’s the path? A brokered convention? Come on, does anyone really believe the Democratic party is going to deny Bernie if he has a plurality of delegates? There’s certainly very little possibility that anyone other than Bernie can gain an outright majority at this point.
Right now, it looks like Bernie will sweep to a near total victory in Nevada (perhaps falling just short of taking all the delegates). South Carolina holds very little relevance to the totality of the race and then it’s Super Tuesday, where Bernie will clean up in places like California and Texas.
We are almost out of the denial stage and acceptance will be here before you know it. Get ready for a deluge of “Bernie isn’t so bad” and “the conservative case for communism to stop Trump” articles because they are coming.