As the leading member of a self-described “radical political party” in the 1970s, Bernie Sanders repeatedly compared Vermont workers to enslaved black people.
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The Vermont independent is grappling with a toxic wedge of fandom that threatens to distract from his campaign and turn off potential supporters.
“[I]n a tight race, a feather on the scale can make a difference,” said Dennis Goldford, a professor of political science at Drake University in Des Moines.
“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” Warren said at Tuesday’s debate.
In the most recent congressional session, Klobuchar voted to confirm nearly two-thirds of President Trump’s judicial nominees.
The “Pete Is CIA” meme crystallizes a pervasive feeling about Buttigieg: that he, like the broken world we live in, was crafted by institutions that can no longer be trusted.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is particularly vulnerable to attacks on geopolitical orthodoxy as an example of what not to do.
“Being caught in a tug-of-war between Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell is not where you want to be two weeks from Iowa,” said one campaign adviser.