Bernie Sanders' 2020 Prospects May Be in Trouble - Page 2

Even supporters are skeptical about another run
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2019 12:12 PM CST

  • One big hit: A New York Times story collected sexual harassment complaints from several women on the 2016 campaign, along with a defense by Sanders that hasn't sat well: Asked if he knew about such complaints, he said, “I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case.”
  • Another: A young woman who worked for Sanders in 2016 accused Robert Becker, who ran Sanders' Iowa campaign, of forcibly kissing her. Becker has denied the allegation. The woman came forward to Politico because she says Becker recently contacted her as part of his preparation for a 2020 Sanders campaign. "This can’t happen in 2020," says the unnamed woman. "You can’t run for president of the United States unless you acknowledge that every campaign demands a safe work environment for every employee and volunteer.”
  • Key staffing moves: Politico reports that Sanders is in talks to bring in the media production company, Means of Production, that helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rise to national prominence. He also has agreements from two key members of his hugely successful grass-roots fundraising operation from 2016 to return. The moves suggest Sanders is gearing up for a run—and he would have a formidable digital team in place if that happens.
  • Demographic trouble: A new analysis at FiveThirtyEight sees trouble for Sanders in a key demographic. Millennials who supported him in 2016 appear to be abandoning him for younger alternatives such as Beto O'Rourke or Kamala Harris. It suggests that young voters who embraced him in 2016 "were mostly just looking for an alternative to Clinton," and now they have more options.
  • Don't run, Bernie: Columnist Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News is a huge Sanders supporter who writes this: Sanders "absolutely should NOT run for president again." (Basically, for all of the reasons mentioned above.) Bunch hopes Sanders plays a big role in shaping the race as the "spiritual and intellectual leader of the movement that he's built over half a century." But running again will only tarnish his legacy, writes Bunch.
  • Run, Bernie: Sanders should run, writes Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone. He seems to be the only candidate ready to take on traditional backers of the Democratic Party such as Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and big pharma. "Whether it’s now or later, whoever takes on those interests is going to take a hell of a beating," writes Taibbi. "That Sanders seems willing to be that person seems reason enough to embrace another run."
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