A veteran of conservative politics says Democrats have set themselves up to fail and Republicans have an opportunity to help them do it.
Richard Viguerie, whose political fight with Democrats dates back to the 1960s, says he is watching with fascination as an avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears poised to win the party nomination after doing well with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
What needs to happen now, the GOP strategist tells OneNewsNow, is for President Donald Trump and Republicans leaders to brand their opponents as radical, far-left extremists who will destroy the country if they gain power.
Biden needs South Carolina or 'coffin' shuts
Joe Biden’s pursuit of the White House could end in South Carolina if he finishes poorly in The Palmetto State, says a political science professor.
The former vice president finished fifth place in New Hampshire after an equally poor showing in the Iowa caucuses, but the former vice president under Barack Obama is hoping South Carolina’s black population will help him land a much-needed victory.
According to RealClearPolitics, Biden is enjoying a 12-point lead in The Palmetto State, where the primary arrives February 29.
“Joe Biden fizzled and failed, and he’s coming into South Carolina which in one of the strongest Republican states in the nation,” Dr. Charles Dunn observes. “So Biden may think South Carolina is his state.”
There is a good chance Biden will finish well, Dunn adds, but not nearly as well as he needs to which could “seal the coffin” on his candidacy.
Before the South Carolina primary comes the Nevada caucuses on February 22. Biden is currently enjoying a three-point lead there over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the RCP average of two polls.
“Make this a referendum,” Viguerie advises, “on socialism and brand the Democrats as open borders, as high taxers and socialists.”
Meanwhile, Democratic party leaders are panicking over Sanders, 78, who is technically an Independent who caucuses with the Democrat Party.
Democrats are worried Sanders will lead the party off a political cliff on Election Day if he wins the nomination, and it doesn't help that Sanders leads a Monmouth poll of potential nominees by 10 points, and polls by Morning Consult, Harris, and Quinnipiac also show him leading other Democrats.
Dating back to the 1980s, Sanders has made himself an easy target by honeymooning in Moscow during the Cold War, by suggesting long bread lines are a sign of prosperity, and by praising Cuba’s “revolution of values” under Fidel Castro.
Sanders’ own campaign staffers, who described themselves as socialists, have been secretly recorded calling for revolution and re-education camps, and insisting Sanders is more radical that he appears publicly.
James Carville, the former political aide to President Clinton, told MSNBC that Sanders winning the nomination would be the “end of days” for the Democratic Party.
“Some people in this country want a revolution. They want disruption. They scream at people and bully people,” Carville said. “And I don't know how you win an election: 78 years old, screaming in a microphone about the revolution, but you gotta give people an alternative."
Viguerie says Democrats “branded” the Republican Party 80 years ago as the party of rich, out-of-touch Wall Street businessmen, and that label stuck and has cost the GOP lots of elections ever since. But now the GOP is led by a president who is a master of branding people, he adds.
“And now the Republicans have the opportunity,” Viguerie, “to brand the Democrats as the dangerous socialist party."