Democrats Panic As Socialist Sanders Trounces Competition in Nevada

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A 26-point lead over second place Joe Biden late into the count (NY Times).  And Biden’s lead over Sanders in South Carolina, 20 points when the year began, is now down to about three (RCP).  From the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Sanders will now go into the Palmetto State against the same divided field. All of the candidates except for Messrs. Sanders and Bloomberg (and the fading billionaire Tom Steyer ) lack the money to compete with more than token TV ads in the Super Tuesday states that follow three days after South Carolina. Mr. Bloomberg won’t be on the ballot until Super Tuesday (WSJ).

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, seen above, the House majority whip and the top-ranking black Democrat in Congress worries “I think it would be a real burden for us in these states or congressional districts that we have to do well in” (ABC News). Rich Lowry explains how Sanders is the U.S. version of socialists elsewhere who have brought their party down (Politico).  From another story: His big win, after his capture of the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, increases fears among some Democrats that a Sanders nomination could cost them both the White House and Congress. And the results could further split the sharply divided party about the best way forward. More moderate candidates were already fighting about who should step aside to allow one person to try to consolidate the vote against him (USA Today).   Former Obama National Finance Committee Member Don Peebles says he will not support Sanders if he lands the nomination (Fox News).  From John Fund: I am inclined to welcome a matchup between Sanders and Trump, not because I’m enamored of either of them but because the campaign would be fought over an important issue: Should America move rapidly toward socialism? That’s an important debate to have, and in between the name-calling, perhaps the country would render a useful and definitive answer (National Review).  From Larry Elder: .@SenSanders is Thelma. The only question is who will be his Louise (Twitter). While Sanders feigns being a man bringing people together (Twitter) David French looks at his startlingly divisive view on abortion (French Press).

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