As socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rises to the top of the Democratic ticket, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and establishment Democrats are facing their worst nightmare — and trying not to show it.
Congressional Democrats are concerned about Sanders’ increasing prominence, fearing that as the nominee, his far-left platform could turn off key groups of moderate voters that the party must win in order to challenge President Donald Trump, NBC News reported on Thursday.
Where we’re at
Thus far, two primaries are in the books — both Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s, and the results have been somewhat surprising, for at least two reasons.
The first is not that Sanders is right up there near the top with the second most delegates at 21. But rather, that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leading the way with 22 delegates.
And the second is that former vice president Joe Biden — the man who was considered the frontrunner — is not even in the picture, currently sitting on 6 delegates.
In other words, the Democratic establishment, at least thus far, is failing big time. And because many don’t expect Buttigieg to be able to hang in there for the long run, Sanders looks to be the early favorite.
The “silent panic”
Pelosi, on Thursday, offered a brief comment on the results of the primaries, claiming that party leaders, which would include herself, are “calm, cool, and collected.”
But, Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson, who later in the day made an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story,” offered a different take. “Calm, cool and collected so much so that she is ripping up pages of the State of the Union address?” he asked. “Look, I think that if she had her way, she would absolutely want to help nudge voters away from Bernie Sanders.”
Benson continued: “I think Pelosi is looking at this situation and saying, ‘Maybe it’s not useful for me to weigh in on this. Let people decide what they’re going to do. Don’t put my thumb on the scale’ … but some of her members, some of those moderate members who are majority makers, they are blabbing to reporters all over this town saying, ‘We cannot have Bernie at the top of the ticket or I am totally cooked.'”
Here, Benson was referring to a statement by Democratic political strategist James Carville, on Wednesday, that it would be the “end of days” for Democrats should Sanders win the party’s nomination.
Benson went on to suggest that another reason Pelosi and establishment Democrats aren’t publicly attacking Sanders is because they know that by doing so they could end up making him stronger.
Whatever the case may be, it is certainly a troubling time for establishment Democrats, and for good reason. Their grip on the Democratic party is slipping, and there doesn’t appear to be much they can do about it.