It is Bernie Sanders turn in the spotlight.
The seventh 2020 Democratic Debate will be on CNN tonight at 9 PM ET.
In the previous Democratic debates, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris have all been perceived as the frontrunner or the surging candidate and were the target of attacks by their rivals. Tulsi Gabbard destroyed Kamala Harris on stage. She never recovered.
In the November debate, Butt-mentum came to Georgia, but much of the progressive Left has decided since then that it hates Pete Buttigieg who is a former McKinsey consultant who is feted by billionaire donors in wine caves. Black people have also never liked him. Butt-mentum was based on Buttigieg’s surge with Wine Track liberals in Iowa and New Hampshire. The worm has turned dramatically in the last few weeks.
Bernie Sanders has been surging in Iowa and New Hampshire while Buttigieg has faded since Trump scrambled the Democratic race and elevated foreign policy ahead of domestic issues by assassinating Qasem Soleimani and pushing us to the brink of war with Iran. Suddenly, Bernie is gaining traction because of his non-interventionist record. He opposed the Vietnam War, voted against both Iraq Wars and has credibly blasted Trump for his Iran policy. It also helps Bernie Sanders that he can contrast his record on foreign policy with Joe Biden who voted for the Iraq War and publicly defended George W. Bush’s decision to take out Saddam Hussein.
What is going to happen in Iraq now that Trump and Pompeo have refused to withdraw American troops from the country? If some kind of Iranian-backed resistance movement breaks out in Iraq and Trump is plunged into a new Iraq quagmire in an election year, what happens then? Surely, Iran would never stir up the Shiites in Iraq to f*** Trump and elect Bernie Sanders?
A few months ago, Woke Bernie was finished and seemed poised to come in third place and lose the progressive lane to Elizabeth Warren. Donald Trump has bailed him out.