A longtime conservative activist says he is surprised to see Democrats turn their backs on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and warm to Bernie Sanders.
"I'm surprised that [Warren] has faded and doesn't look like she's going to be the nominee,” remarks Richard Viguerie, whose involvement in politics and political campaigns dates back to the 1970s.
Viguerie predicted to OneNewsNow last fall that Warren would win the nomination, citing an Iowa poll that showed her in first place, a surprise jump for Warren that was viewed as huge news last fall since the Iowa causes --- now two weeks away --- are important.
Yet seven polls at RealClearPolitics, dating back to January 8, show Sanders enjoying a second-place position behind frontrunner Joe Biden. Polls by Monmouth, CNN, Quinnipiac and others all show voters favor Sanders over Warren, and the average shows Biden at 28 percent, Sanders at 21.9 percent, and Warren at 14.7 percent.
So what happened? According to Viguerie, Sanders is running a “strong” campaign that is “exciting and electrifying” to what he calls the “socialist wing” of the Democratic Party.
Yet the reason Biden remains in first place – the former V.P. has yet to slip into second -- is that he is supported by the “non-socialists” in the party who want to defeat Donald Trump, Viguerie contends.
Sanders, meanwhile, is reeling from a blistering personal attack from Hillary Clinton who blasted him in a documentary and is refusing to say if she would support him as the 2020 nominee, CNN reported this week.
“[Sanders] 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 says in the film.
Clinton went on to call Sanders a “career politician” and suggest that his supporters got “sucked into” his claim to be an outsider fighting for the people.
Some political observers viewed Clinton’s criticism as an overt attempt to keep Sanders from winning the nomination at the same time the RCP poll shows him as the Far Left’s alternative to Biden.
Times endorses Warren…and Klobuchar
The New York Times, meanwhile, endorsed Warren for president and, in an odd editorial decision, also endorsed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is polling in seventh place with 3.4 percent in the RCP polling.
The Times editorial board explains there are two lines of thinking in Democrat circles as to how the U.S. elected Donald Trump: he is a one-off and the country needs a return to a more liberal norm, or the country is so broken everything needs to be torn down and rebuilt as a socialist utopia.
For the former, the Times is endorsing Klobuchar, who presented herself to the board as a unifying moderate, and for the latter it chose Warren.
Conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats tells OneNewsNow it appears the Times is priming the pump for a 2020 ticket.
“I think they want progressive Elizabeth Warren, who gives you everything Bernie Sanders is,” he observes, “but also, with Amy Klobuchar, I think they want to see a ticket out of this.”
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