(UnitedVoice.com) – Democratic presidential candidates will gather on Wednesday evening for a debate that ought to be full of intrigue and drama… especially if you’re a Republican.
For the first time, a socialist and a billionaire businessman who has a chance of winning will be on stage together. Both have their set of issues. Then there are the upstarts who want to prove they deserve to be president — and a moderate former vice-president whose campaign is flailing and needs to do something to show that it’s not over yet.
Here’s the best part for a Republican… Democrats are exposing how they are turning their party into a national minority party. The contrasts are stark and the stakes are high for them.
If the party goes all out on the far-left, where do the moderates go?
Will they abandon the Democratic party and sit out the election or, worse yet, vote for Trump?
Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has already declared war on the DNC, says the process is rigged again and is calling for a political revolution.
If the Democratic party dismisses the far-left and chooses a moderate, will the far-left sit out the election, or vote for Trump instead?
Five Things to Watch for as a Republican to Check for Further Party Division
#1 – Will Bloomberg Will Be Viciously Attacked?
Billionaire businessman and former Republican NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg better be prepared for an onslaught of attacks. For one, he hasn’t consistently been a Democrat, which doesn’t fit the mold of the far-left social policies of the Democratic party.
Bloomberg may be attacked as being an opportunist who isn’t a long-term Democrat trying to use the party to further his personal agenda.
However, that’s not the worst of his problems.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Bloomberg was accused by women in his company of creating a toxic culture that tolerated sexual harassment and discriminating against pregnant employees.
Over the last week, audio clips have come out where Bloomberg defended “Stop and Frisk.” During an interview, he used racist and insulting language to justify the bad practice.
Over the weekend, a video surfaced where Bloomberg insulted farmers saying he could train anyone to do it and that it all boiled down to simple processes.
Finally, in a new video from 2019 he called transgender people “it” instead of using “he” or “she” and talked about “some guy in a dress.”
#2 – Can Sanders Take It As Well As He Gives It?
An admitted Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders has attacked capitalism and anyone who advocates for a system different than his own. His “Bernie Bros” regularly attack anyone online who disagrees with Sanders and they ruthlessly bully people.
At the debate, there will be a true billionaire, free-market capitalist on the stage and Sanders may not be able to help himself. The bait is dangling in front of his face. He will likely attack Bloomberg and when he does, Bloomberg may give him a foretaste of what’s to come if Sanders wins the primary and faces Trump.
As the leader of the pack, Sanders won’t just get it from Bloomberg; he will get it from all sides.
All of this makes one wonder if Sanders can handle the pressure of being the presumptive nominee?
Will he play offense or defense?
Either way, Sanders will make the debate entertaining.
#3 – It’s Make or Break for Buttigieg and Klobuchar
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are considered to be the “more moderate” candidates. While they may not be actual moderates, they do appear that way next to far-left candidates like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Both did well in Iowa and New Hampshire. However, both those states are small deep white states with little minority representation. Nevada has a much more diverse demographic.
Over the last six months, both candidates have aired their grievances with one another. They will likely do so again tonight.
In a heavy Hispanic state, look for Buttigieg to remind Nevada voters that a sitting third-term United States Senator cannot even remember the name of the Mexican president.
Klobuchar will remind voters that Buttigieg is young, inexperienced, and not qualified to be president at this time in his life.
#4 – Can Biden Recover
For a year, former Vice-President Joe Biden was the likely Democratic nominee.
How times have changed.
Biden spectacularly lost Iowa and New Hampshire and is hoping for a strong showing in Nevada. Then, a shockwave in South Carolina’s upcoming primary that he expects will be the start of a wall of separation.
Biden has been promising that this is the beginning of the turning point.
Expect Biden to be feisty at the debate as he attempts to use it to build momentum leading up to Super Tuesday on March 3.
#5 – Will Warren Flail?
For a short time last fall, Warren was leading in all of the polls. Then, she announced the price tag to pay off everyone’s college debt, provide free college, and medicare-for-all. Her budget totaled nearly $100 trillion over ten years, which caused her poll numbers to immediately go down and she hasn’t recovered since.
Her supporters are upset after a disappointing showing in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Many of them expressed frustration since the national media has largely written her off at this early point in the primary season.
This debate may be her last chance to change the narrative and build some momentum.
Warren will likely make Bloomberg her favorite target as she rails on him for being filthy rich, unprincipled, immoral, and all that’s wrong with America.
While the debate won’t have much impact on Republicans right now, it’s a shadow of things to come this summer at the convention. It will also reveal the cracks in the Democratic party and the dangers that are ahead for them… not just in 2020, but well beyond.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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