Far Left Refuses To Learn Lesson After Primary Blowouts, Urges Biden To Become Bernie


The landscape of the Democratic presidential primary race has shifted dramatically in less than a month.

Prior to Super Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign appeared to be in deep trouble. Biden failed to win early contests, including Iowa and New Hampshire, and his plummeting polling averages put him more than 12 points behind the surging Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Then, however, two of the more moderate candidates — former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar — dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden.

With the Democratic establishment rallying behind him, the former vice president had an impressive showing on Super Tuesday, giving his campaign new momentum that has continued into other states.

Naturally, those in the party’s far-left faction are unhappy with Biden’s resurgence and Sanders’ decline, and some have proposed a solution.

Ivanka Trump Made a Quiet Visit to Maui After the Wildfires - Don't Expect to See Her Parading Around Like Oprah

If Sanders cannot win, they want Biden to transform into Sanders — or at least adopt some version of his ideas.

Matthew Yglesias of the progessive site Vox offered a laundry list of policies he said Biden should embrace to “unify the party,” including a “large minimum wage increase,” “major expansion of government run health programs” and “multi-trillion investment in zero carbon energy.”

Sanders surrogate and former Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour echoed that view.

“If Biden gets this nomination and wants Bernie supporters – he’s going to have to concede & negotiate on issues,” she said in a tweet Tuesday. “We need to be able to inspire voters on the issues that moved us/them to support Bernie Sanders. I think this is fair and reasonable. We have to push him to the left.”

The party’s mobilization for Biden has left it with a new set of challenges, including the feeling among progressives that they’ve been left behind once again. Many of them believe Sanders was cheated out of the nomination four years ago by the Democratic National Committee.

As they have noted on social media, they do not owe their votes to Biden.

Biden's Dog Attacks Secret Service Agent Yet Again as President Shows Utter Disregard for Employees

Many Sanders supporters, tired of having their votes taken for granted, want Biden to earn their support by moving to the left.

Would moving to the left to win over Sanders voters hurt Biden in November?

The challenge for Biden is that he was chosen as the safer, less-radical alternative to Sanders. The differences between the two are what prompted the party to unify behind him in the first place.

If he moves to the left to pacify Sanders supporters, the former vice president risks compromising the qualities that made him the better bet in a one-on-one battle with President Donald Trump.

The conventional wisdom now is that the nomination is Joe Biden’s to lose.

Soon he’ll have to decide whether to alienate middle-of-the-road voters by making concessions to the party’s far left, or risk losing Sanders supporters’ votes in November.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , ,
Natalie received her law degree and MA in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She began writing for The Western Journal in 2020.
Natalie received her law degree and MA in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She began writing for The Western Journal in 2020.