Fox News contributor Guy Benson believes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would prefer to “nudge” voters away from choosing Sen. Bernie Sanders as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
While establishment Democrats are openly airing their concerns over the rise of the democratic socialist from Vermont, and the disappointment of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, Pelosi is likely having an internal struggle, Benson discussed on Fox News Channel’s “The Story” Thursday.
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The possibility of having Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket is “being met with pushback” by “skittish Democrats” who don’t think he has any chance to win once he faces President Donald Trump, guest host Ed Henry noted introducing the segment.
He pointed out that Democrats are calling for support of an alternative to Sanders while many of the choices are “quite liberal” but appear to be “moderate” when compared to the Independent Vermont lawmaker.
“It’s all relative. I guess relative to Bernie Sanders, a socialist,” Benson said, agreeing that many of the alternative candidates have progressive agendas.
Benson remarked that the “freak out” of Democrats to Sanders’ New Hampshire primary victory is “giving me PTSD and these flashbacks to four years ago” when he, himself, sounded the alarm over the large Republican field of 2016 candidates.
“Sometimes elites getting all concerned and telling people what has to happen and when doesn’t work out quite that well,” he said.
During her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi told reporters she and party leaders are “calm, cool and collected” about the state of the party in light of Sanders’ rising popularity.
“Just because some people may be speaking out about not liking one candidate or another, that’s the democratic way. That’s politics,” the California Democrat said. “It’s a messy business.”
Henry wondered if her words rang true or that Pelosi is “more nervous than she’s letting on.”
“Calm, cool and collected – so much so that she is ripping up pages of the State of the Union address,” Benson asked, referring to Pelosi’s petty and disrespectful reaction to the president’s speech earlier this month.
“Look, I think that if she had her way, she would absolutely want to help nudge voters away from Bernie Sanders,” he added.
“I think Pelosi is looking at this situation and saying, ‘Maybe it’s not useful for me to weigh in on this,” Benson continued. “‘Let people decide what they’re going to do. Don’t put my thumb on the scale’ … but some of her members, some of those moderate members who are majority makers, they are blabbing to reporters all over this town saying, ‘We cannot have Bernie at the top of the ticket or I am totally cooked.'”
Pelosi “definitely knows that but she recognizes that the establishment going too hard against a guy like Bernie could actually strengthen him,” Benson contended, referring to it as the “Trump effect.”
Washington Post columnist Max Boot raised the alarm in a column Wednesday, following Sanders’ New Hampshire win, sending out an “SOS – Save Our System!”
While he acknowledged that he would support whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being, Boot told readers “I devoutly hope Democrats do not nominate Sanders.”
“He is a risk we cannot run at this moment of peril,” he added, arguing that Sanders “carries decades of ideological baggage” and that Democrats should “do the smart thing and coalesce quickly around one of the three moderates — Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar or Mike Bloomberg.”
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