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Friday, February 21, 2020

The Democratic presidential race is in fresh turmoil after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned in a conspicuously poor performance in his first debate Wednesday evening. Bloomberg took a brutal hammering in Las Vegas at the hands of his opponents, particularly Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The negative impact is reverberating among centrists in the Democratic Party. The party's moderate vote is splintered among several candidates while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a democratic socialist, advances toward the nomination. Bloomberg's misfire means that dynamic won't change anytime soon.

In a TV interview earlier this month, James Carville compared Sanders with Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing British Labour Party leader. Carville said: "The only thing between the United States and the abyss is the Democratic Party. That's it. If we go the way of the British Labour Party, if we nominate Jeremy Corbyn, it's going to be the end of days."

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As Bloomberg rose in the polls, some moderates were persuaded that his resources could make him the dominant standard-bearer for their side against the Sanders faction.

That seems a highly dubious proposition in the wake of his disastrous debate performance. And some in the Democratic Party, not aligned with any candidate, wonder what happens now.

"There is no question that Bloomberg has done enormous damage to Biden. There has been cannibalization in the non-Bernie lane," said Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of the New Democrat Network. "Our primary is more complicated than two lanes, but in the non-Bernie lane, there is a pile-up."

Among the anti-Sanders factions, there is widespread fear that the Vermont Independent could soon jump out to an insurmountable delegate lead.

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This pretty much the sum of all Dem fears:

"The overall picture leaves many Democrats, like Rosenberg, worrying about the gaping wounds inflicted in the primary -- and casting around in vain for someone who might be able to bind them up.

"The core of the dilemma that Democrats face right now is that neither Bloomberg nor Sanders will have an easy time uniting the party if they win the nomination," he said. "They're not Democrats."

Ouch.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 02:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Chaos! Turmoil! The abyss! Widespread fear! Gaping wounds!

Talk about melodramatic. Is the author trying to win an Oscar or something?

#2 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-02-21 02:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bloomberg is the chaos.

Get the billionaire Republican out of the Democratic Primaries.

He wants to help America? That's fine, he's a private business man. He has 64 billion dollars. He can do a lot without ever needing to be in the White House.

The only reasons I can think of for why Bloomberg is in the Primaries is, he's jealous of Trump, he's frightened of Bernie taking his billions and giving it to the people who earned him those billions.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-21 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Well deserved NW Clown, you hit the nail right on the head.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 02:54 PM | Reply

Must defeat Trump unleash Blue Trump!

Seriously democrats why the heck would you even consider Blue Trump as the answer?

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-02-21 03:06 PM | Reply

The reason Bloomberg is running for POTUS is that he is bored. He has schitloads of money and nothing to do. So what the hell, let's run for president. Keep you engaged for a few months. That, and the ego thing.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-21 03:25 PM | Reply

"The core of the dilemma that Democrats face right now is that neither Bloomberg nor Sanders will have an easy time uniting the party if they win the nomination," he said. "They're not Democrats."

Never mind that Sanders has caucused with Democrats for the entirety of his time in the legislature. I think the Democrats have calculated that they'd rather complain about Trump for another four years.

"The reason Bloomberg is running for POTUS is that he is bored. He has schitloads of money and nothing to do. So what the hell, let's run for president. Keep you engaged for a few months. That, and the ego thing."

I wish his motivations were that benign.

#7 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-21 03:40 PM | Reply

Seriously democrats why the heck would you even consider Blue Trump as the answer?

#5 | POSTED BY TAOWARRIOR AT 2020-02-21 03:06 PM

Because with Creepy Uncle Joe in a flaming death spiral they are looking for a counterpoint to McGovern Part II.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 03:54 PM | Reply

I wish his motivations were that benign.

#7 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE AT 2020-02-21 03:40 PM

100% agree and most Manhattanites that I know feel the same way.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 03:55 PM | Reply

Dramatic RoC.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-21 05:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Since when did a party fear a candidate's lead to take the nomination?

Oh, Trump.

Both parties are a joke.

Why dont they just tell their constituents who to vote for instead of leaving it to fate.

#11 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-02-22 01:49 PM | Reply

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