Former President Barack Obama is worried by the upward ascent of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the presidential primary polls, according to sources within the Democratic Party, and he may come out publicly against the openly socialist candidate.
Fox Business host Charles Gasparino announced the news on Twitter today:
SCOOP: Dem Party sources who have spoken w @BarackObama say former prez is growing increasingly anxious about @BernieSanders rise in the national polls & where the avowed socialist would take the country; he is considering a public statement addressing it more now @FoxBusiness
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) January 23, 2020
Obama is far from blameless in Sanders’ rise as a political leader, as he helped to create the monster that is hijacking the Democrat Party and taking it to the far left. Obama endorsed Sanders in 2006 and stumped for him on the campaign trail:
🗝️From the archives: A young Senator from Illinois stumping for @BernieSanders in 2006, sounding the call to action for "honest" leadership that puts people ahead of drug companies. #NotMeUs #Bernie2020 pic.twitter.com/t1Vnaj9nyG
— Every nimble plane is a policy failure. (@KindAndUnblind) March 18, 2019
Years later, Obama now wants to stifle Sanders because the Vermont Senator’s brand of socialism, which aims to cut corporations down to size and protect workers, is different than Obama’s brand of socialism, which empowered corporations and did nothing to protect workers while relentlessly demonizing white Americans.
Obama surrogates are already publicly trashing Sanders as more Democrat voters unite behind him.
“He’s beginning to consolidate the Left in his party,” said Jim Messina, who was Obama’s former campaign manager, during an MSNBC appearance. “He has a relationship with these voters, he’s been campaigning with these voters for now six years, he knows New Hampshire voters really well, and people are beginning to come to him.”
“But in the general election, it’s a message that I think is going to get him killed. I think he’s the worst candidate in a general election for exactly that reason,” Messina added.
“You think Bernie is the worst candidate?” asked Morning Joe co-anchor Willie Geist.
“I don’t think there’s a question about it,” replied Messina. “I think it’s very clear to me that these swing voters, that I care about, the Trump-Obama voters in Midwestern states, Bernie Sanders is not the candidate we need to beat Donald Trump in November.”
Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also released blistering attacks against Sanders in recent days.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
“It’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women,” Clinton explained, before adding that Sanders is responsible for this behavior.
“Then this argument about whether or not or when he did or didn’t say that a woman couldn’t be elected, it’s part of a pattern,” she added. “If it were a one-off, you might say, ‘OK, fine.’ But he said I was unqualified. I had a lot more experience than he did, and got a lot more done than he had, but that was his attack on me.”
Despite the Democrat establishment uniting against Bernie Sanders, he continues to rise in the polls. He is arguably the front-runner heading into a tightly-contested Iowa caucus that is a little over a week away for the Democrats.
Two new polls out this morning, both showing gains for Bernie Sanders… pic.twitter.com/nUdNGQyyfI
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 22, 2020
Obama may have to come out and throw Sanders under the bus as the Democrats grow more desperate to stop their insurgent socialist candidate with a growing and devoted following of radical Marxists.
The Push to Get Joe Biden Out of the Presidential Debates Has Begun
Trying to get a free pass.
The New York Times published an op-ed dismissing the value of presidential debates on Monday, claiming that the electoral tradition has become little more than “unrevealing quip contests” that resemble professional wrestling for the uneducated rubes.
The op-ed is probably the most prominent attempt to undermine the plans for the events, with author Elizabeth Drew arguing the debates lack substance. She claims that the American public is blissfully unaware that well-known presidential debate moments are meaningless, pointing to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 “there you go again” debate admonition to Jimmy Carter.
Some Democrats have quietly worried about Biden’s prospects in the three contests, and the article may be the most public call to find the candidate a way out of appearing on a debate stage with Donald Trump.
Biden’s plain tendency to become forgetful and exhibit mental gaffes has become a concern, especially considering that some within the Biden campaign have noticed his cognitive issues tend to be most potent in the evenings in which the three debates are currently scheduled in.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the three contests are currently slated to be held without a live audience, precluding any attempts on the part of organizers to stack the university halls in which they’ll be held with a crowd of Biden supporters who hoot and cheer at any remark made by the Democrat. A similar audience format had worked in great effect in the 2012 presidential election, with a progressive crowd serving as in-house fans for Barack Obama in a debate moderated by Candy Crowley.
Biden has agreed to participate in the three traditional debate contests of the presidential election, although he had dismissed an offer from the Trump campaign to conduct even more debates before election, with the latter pointing to reduced campaign presence due to the coronavirus epidemic.
It remains to be seen if the Democratic nominee will abide by his debate commitment.
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