A noted Democrat Party strategist told TheHill.TV Friday that official Washington would not react well if Sen. Bernie Sanders captures the presidential nomination.
Andrew Feldman of Feldman Strategies predicted that should Sanders manage to overcome adversity — including opposition from within Democrat ranks — to clinch the party’s nomination, it would not go well.
“My biggest fear is that if Bernie gets the nomination, Democrats [will] shoot [themselves] in the foot because we have issues personally with Bernie or whatever the heck it is and we do not come together and beat Donald Trump,” he said, adding DC will “freak out” over a Sanders nomination.
“If we do that, then shame on us,” he added.
According to the most recent polling, Sanders is surging in regional and national surveys. He is reportedly leading the remaining Democratic pack in both Iowa and New Hampshire, to early key caucus states.
President Donald Trump has also noted Sanders’ rise in the polls.
“Crazy Bernie takes the lead in the Democrat Primaries, but it is looking more and more like the Dems will never allow him to win! Will Sleepy Joe be able to stumble across the finish line?” he tweeted Friday.
Crazy Bernie takes the lead in the Democrat Primaries, but it is looking more and more like the Dems will never allow him to win! Will Sleepy Joe be able to stumble across the finish line?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2020
CNN puts Sanders ahead of Biden on a national scale.
Top Democrats including former President Obama and two-time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton appear to oppose a Sanders nomination.
A report Friday said that Obama may be set to intervene in the race to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders from getting the nod.
“Former President Barack Obama has remained mostly silent through the early stages of the Democratic race to unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election but that may soon change, friends and associates tell FOX Business, as avowed socialist Bernie Sanders gains in national polls and seems poised to obtain front-runner status,” Fox Business reported on Friday.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, reporter Lacey Rose read a quote Clinton gave filmmakers for the as-yet-unreleased Hulu documentary exploring the 2016 campaign, in which Clinton targeted Sanders’s Senate record.
“In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: ‘He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,’” Rose said, quoting Clinton. “That assessment still hold?”
“Yes, it does,” Clinton responded.
She later refused to confirm whether she would endorse or campaign for Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination this year.