Election 2020

All 2020 Democrats Are Cool with Having Democratic Socialist at the Top of the Ticket

From left, Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

It was a very telling moment during the New Hampshire debate when George Stephanopoulos asked all the candidates on stage if they were concerned about having a Democratic Socialist at the top of the Democratic ticket in November, and everyone appeared to hesitate to raise their hand.

That is, until Bernie Sanders raised his hand to say: “I’m not.”

Amy Klobuchar raised her hand after a few seconds, but quickly put it down.

And why would they? As PJM’s managing editor Paula Bolyard noted on Twitter, “2020 Dems have sold their souls to the socialist wing of the party, refusing to lay a finger on Bernie. Stephanopoulos (a party man if there ever was one) is giving them every opportunity to disavow socialism and to a man (and woman) they’ve all taken a hard pass.”