As Bernie Sanders weighs a 2020 run, he will be engaged in serious damage control this week. On Wednesday, Sanders will meet with female staffers from his 2016 campaign who have complained in recent media reports of having endured sexual harassment from male colleagues, reports BuzzFeed. Women also were angry to learn that men were paid more. Beyond this particular issue, however, the 77-year-old Sanders is facing a wave of skeptical press coverage about his 2020 prospects. Details and developments:
- Critical piece: A lengthy Boston Globe story is a good example of the coverage. "Has the fire Berned out?" is the first sentence. The gist is that while Sanders gets credit among supporters for moving the Democratic Party "ideologically" on issues such as Medicare-for-all and a $15 minimum wage, some suspect "the party has moved past him personally."
- Troubling stat: When the liberal Daily Kos published a poll last week of 2020 contenders, Sanders came in fifth. (Elizabeth Warren was first.) Sanders was consistently No. 1 in 2016. The problem for him, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas tells the Globe, is that unlike in 2016, "the mantle of 'progressive' can be carried by any number of candidates."