Members of the Democratic “establishment” and major Democratic donors have been holding meetings in Washington, D.C., The New York Times reports, trying to formulate a strategy that could keep the 79-year-old, progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from getting the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The not-so-secret pow-wows are taking place in backrooms and involve a number of big names like Democratic mega-donor Bernard Schwartz, who has been leading the charge against Sanders from New York, and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-MY) marshaling support in D.C. South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has reportedly attended the tet-a-tets and, of course, members of the Clinton world are involved, including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and longtime Clinton defender, David Brock.
They all seem to have their reasons; for some, they’re still bitter over how Sanders refused to acknowledge and actively support Hillary Clinton as the nominee, given how much pull he commanded with grassroots Democrats. Others fear a far-left candidate could tank their chances against President Donald Trump, either because Sanders doesn’t have wide appeal in significant swing states, or because a far-left candidate could open the field to a third party.
Democrats are counting on the “uniting force” of not liking Donald Trump to push them ahead of the current president, but they also know that, outside of social media and some urban centers where Democrats already command the vote, “Democratic socialism” isn’t a popular concept. And to take the 2020 presidential election, Democrats will need to win in blue-collar, Rust Belt states where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is reviled. (Read more from “Democrats Are Holding ‘Stop Bernie Sanders’ Meetings” HERE)