Establishment Democrats appear to be scrambling to shore up former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign following his much-needed win in South Carolina over the weekend and the endorsements from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and former Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke on the eve of “Super Tuesday.”
According to Fox News, “the sudden support of party elders and power-brokers as they apparently see him as the most viable choice to take on surging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and prevent him from running away with the nomination.”
There’s no mistaking the urgency as even 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton has jumped into the fray, declaring Sanders to have been difficult to work with while she was in the Senate. She also asserted that the self-described Democrat Socialist “got nothing done.”
“He was a career politician,” Clinton reportedly says during a Hulu documentary set for release this Friday.
Biden, meanwhile, is basking in the glow of a renewed and energized campaign, although he still trails Sanders in delegates. And Biden continues to supply political opponents with gaffes, including his fumbling quote of the Declaration of Independence, as reported here earlier.
And now television personality Judith “Judge Judy” Scheindlin has weighed in against Biden, quoted by Fox News stating, “I have nothing bad to say about him, but I guarantee you that the incumbent (Donald Trump), if he gets on the stage with Joe Biden, is going to bring up all the things that the other Democratic candidates at debates did not because the one thing the incumbent is, is a street fighter.”
Rasmussen Reports says a new poll shows Biden has bounced back among Democrats nationally, with 32 percent support among likely Democratic voters. Sanders is trailing at 28 percent and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in third place with 13 percent and bringing up fourth is Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 11 percent.
Super Tuesday could change that, and it might change even more following the next “mini-Super Tuesday” when several more state primaries are held.
What makes this “déjà vu all over again” for Sanders supporters is how the Democrat establishment worked against the aging Vermont senator four years ago when he was seeking the nomination against Clinton. That remains the dilemma for party leaders because Sanders represents a faction that could sit out the November election if they believe their candidate has been deprived of a nomination again.
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