(Des Moines, IA) – With socialist curmudgeon Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) set to rank highly in tonight’s caucuses – in the opening salvo of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination process – many in the party’s moderate wing have already started to question Iowa’s overall importance.
“Sure Bernie can win a bunch of old white people in the Midwest,” blogged New York Times correspondent Paul Krugman. “But is that really representative of America?”
Sanders has opened up a formidable lead in two recent California Democratic presidential primary polls, claiming 26% of the vote, nearly double that of establishment favorite and former Ukraine Anti-Corruption Task Force chief Joe Biden.
“It’s like Hillary said: no one likes Bernie,” Obama administration official Ben Rhodes wrote in Politico. “The many polls showing a plurality of Democratic voters supporting him notwithstanding.”
Long time MSNBC analyst Chris Matthews sought to pour cold water on the hopes of Sanders supporters in securing the nomination.
“Just because he gets the most votes doesn’t mean he wins the primary,” Matthews told his audience. “Blame Trump for killing Democracy.”