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The Three Reasons the Democrat Race Remains
The Democratic nomination race started within
days after the 2018 Midterms.
Since then, a year has passed, two dozen have
declared their candidacy, and there have been
seven debates—and yet there is no clarity
as to who will be the nominee.
The reasons why are simple and don’t bode
well for the Democrats going forward.
It is so easy to run for President.
In the internet/mass media age, running for
president has become rather easy.
As a result, a crowded field has become the
norm for the out party in presidential years.
In the good old days, the year 2000 let’s
say, running for president took political
name ID, connections, and lots of money.
The number of viable candidates, therefore,
were generally quite few.
When Bush had raised the now quaint number
of $100 million by January of 2000, he had
nearly cornered the Republican primary market.
In 2016, by contrast, the Republicans had
more than 15 candidates run.
In this cycle, a bevy of relative unknowns
and many undeserving figures declared for
the Democrat nomination.
Take the candidacy of Beto O’Rourke.
He was a 2016 sensation because technology
permitted him to fundraise around the country
in ways that far outsized his résumé.
When he reached the national level, he came
back down to earth quite quickly and dropped
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is 2020’s Democrat
shooting star right?
He has run a very successful campaign, including
raising enormous amounts of money—even though
few think he can win the nomination.
That is quite the feat for a man whose claims
to fame include garnering over eight and a
half thousand votes to be reelected Mayor
of South Bend, Indiana.
That is not a typo—he received just 8,515
votes—and now is running for President and
raising nearly $25 million a quarter.
It turns out, however, that crowded fields—two
dozen candidates—without a consensus candidate
(I’m about to explain reason 2 in a minute),
lend themselves to drawn out primary seasons
the likes of which the Democrats are now experiencing.
There is no consensus Democrat candidate.
In 2016, the Democrats did not have a crowded
field of contenders.
The open presidential seat attracted over
15 fairly prominent Republicans to the race.
The Democrat race, on the other hand, quickly
narrowed down to two candidates, who were
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
For most Democrats, especially the Democrat
Establishment, Hillary Clinton was the consensus
I gotta say Bernie Sanders, only identifies
as a Democrat when he runs for President.
Otherwise, he is a socialist masquerading
as an Independent.
With that profile, Sanders is never going
to be a favorite of Establishment Democrats.
By many means, and many times unfair means,
the Democrats and the Democrat National Committee
made sure that their consensus candidate got
the nomination over the socialist interloper
Bernie Sanders in 2016.
All of which leads to Reason #1 and Reason
#1 is also why the Democrats currently do
not have a consensus candidate.
The Democrat party is deeply divided.
Who speaks for today’s Democrat Party?
What are its core principles?
Is there a single such spokesperson or set
There answer, is no.
The Democrats are far more divided than the
Consider this: the huge government/socialist
wing of the Democrat Party, comprised of Bernie
Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, has over 35
percent of the support of the Democrat Party.
Currently, Sanders leads Warren.
If Warren would drop out, Sanders would be
not only the clear leader in the Iowa, New
Hampshire, Nevada and California polls—he
would also be the clear leader of the national
The crowded field (that we talked about that
in Reason #3), however, splits the vote of
that wing of the party.
Even so, it is more than likely that by the
end of March, that wing of the party will
have the most delegates.
The Left’s Media, the Democrat Establishment,
and the big Democrat donors, however, want
nothing to do with either Sanders or Warren
let alone Sanders’ backers in the form of
the Squad (AOC and so on) Some have gone so
far to say they will sit out the race if either
Sanders or Warren is the nominee.
Importantly, rather than seriously dim their
prospects, the supporters of especially Sanders,
view the lack of affection from the Establishment
as a badge of honor.
That spurs them on.
Of course, the Establishment’s default candidate
is Joe Biden.
He is, according to them, “electable.”
However, he has raised half as much money
as Sanders, and Biden rallies remain rather
Amidst that division, a niche candidate like
Mayor Pete Buttigieg also has done well.
The sum total of it all is that there are
various camps with the Democrat party and
they are not playing well together.
The far Left/socialist group wants nothing
to do with Biden.
The Establishment and moderates want nothing
to do with Warren and Sanders.
So divided are the Democrat voters that significant
enough numbers of voters, in either Democrat
camp, could sit out the election against Trump.
That, of course, spells big trouble for the
Democrat nominee and the Democrats Congressional
and Senate candidates.
Don’t despair however!
There are three more Democrat debates to go.
In other words, stay tuned because, for the
Democrats in 2020, primary voting may not
decide anything at all.
Thomas Del Beccaro is an acclaimed author,
speaker, Fox News, Fox Business, and Epoch
Times opinion writer and the former chairman
of the California Republican Party.
He is the author of the historical perspectives
“The Divided Era” and “The New Conservative