All eyes have been on the Democrats as they duke it out for the party nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has a momentum that is worrying his opponents, and rightfully so. He was tied with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for first place in Iowa. He pulled off a narrow victory in New Hampshire. But is he too far left for the general election?
According to former Obama 2008 campaign spokesman Zach Friend, both Sanders and President Donald Trump share the same base but if Democrats choose a moderate, he or she could win the general election.
“I think they have the same base actually. I think that that’s what’s interesting about this. And so you end up creating a situation, a person that can actually grow is a person that can win," Friend told Fox News' Harris Faulkner. "I think the Democrats nominate somebody that’s moderate, which most of [the] Democrats actually self identify as either moderate to conservative, they’ll win next election.”
Faulker reminded Friend of a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows President Trump beating every single one of the 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin. The poll shows Trump receiving 49 to 51 percent of the vote over each of the candidates. The only one to come closest to Trump is Sanders, who polled at 43 percent, compared to Trump at 50 percent.
"Fascinating numbers. Look at where Amy Klobuchar is. Of course, that’s, you know, right next door to Minnesota, which is where she’s from," the Fox News host said. "But as you look at this, what do you say about President Trump being able to do this?”
Friend was very blunt: if Trump wins Wisconsin, Democrats are doomed. There is no possible way for them to pull out a win.
“Look, if President Trump wins Wisconsin the path to the presidency for Democrats is close to zero. Because we would have to flip something like North Carolina and Arizona, or Iowa in order to even make a go of it," the former Obama campaign official explained. "And so those three states — I mean, he has no path to the presidency if he loses all three, but if he even wins one of them, his path becomes much easier than the Democratic path because you’d be needing to flip a state that hasn’t historically gone Democrat, at least in the last 20 years.”
Most of the 2020 Democrats can self-identify as "moderate" but most of them aren't. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is probably the one that's the most moderate and she's not doing well, even in the midwest, the very area that she continually touts being from.
Americans, especially in swing states like Wisconsin, have no desire to vote for a Democrat. Why would they vote for someone other than President Donald Trump when unemployment is at a record low and the economy is booming? Why would they go from having more money in their pockets to being taxed to death? Why would they go having the ability to pick and choose their health care to being on a government-run health care plan that might not fit their needs? There's no point in fixing something that isn't broken. And that principle applies here as well.