By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) For the next Democratic presidential nominee America will get either an avowed socialist or a gaffetastic former vice president who, on most days, doesn’t appear to be all there, according to a former adviser to 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Politico, Philippe Reines noted that Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the only three Democratic contenders who have been polling above single digits in recent weeks.
Reines also noted that with the exception of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), remaining contenders have not caught up in terms of polling numbers and fundraising.
“It was legitimate to say ‘Top 5’ for a long time, but with the exception of Kamala Harris being at the outer perimeter of the top three … you’d have to have a strange confluence of events for someone outside those four to win,” Reines told Politico.
“It would require all four failing. Like, you would need all four of them to be in a plane crash or something.”
As for the Democratic also-rans, he added: “It’s too late in the game to keep saying it’s too early.”
Politico also spoke to several Democratic consultants and advisers who also said that it wasn’t likely that polling numbers and fundraising figures were going to change in the coming months.
“It’s a little bit surprising because compared to ’16 on the Republican side, where it seemed like a number of people had their moment in the sun … there hasn’t really been anybody who’s taken a meteoric rise,” said Scott Brennan, a member of the Iowa Democratic National Committee.
Recent polling found the Democratic presidential nomination race is tight, with results from a poll by the Economist and YouGov released last week showing Biden with 22 percent support, Sanders with 22 percent support, and Warren with 18 percent.
Meanwhile, several Democratic presidential contenders lashed out at the Democratic National Committee for excluding them in the next round of debates.
According to DNC rules, for the third round of debates required candidates were required to receive 2 percent or more support in at least four polls, but with only certain polls being counted by the committee. In addition, they needed 130,000 unique donors.
Polling data was culled from surveys taken by: The Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, the Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Winthrop University.
Rep. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) told Politico he believes that the DNC’s rules are “stifling debate.”
“We’re rewarding celebrity candidates with millions of Twitter followers, billionaires who buy their way onto the debate stage, and candidates who have been running for president for years,” Bennet said during the DNC’s summer meeting Aug. 23.
“It forces campaigns to force over millions of dollars to Facebook, the same platform that let the Russians interfere in 2016, instead of harnessing the resources to talk to voters.”
Both Sanders and Warren are running on hard-Left socialist platforms, though Sanders is certainly the more committed Marxist of the two. Biden, meanwhile, has recently shifted harder Left, while many Democratic Millennial voters are not likely to be happy with any of the three potential finalists.
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