When the race for the Democratic nomination started, a majority of party members believed that choosing an “electable” candidate to run against Donald Trump was of paramount importance.
But over the intervening months, nominating the “electable” candidate became less important than nominating a true believer. Whether that candidate is electable or not is extremely problematic, but the radical Democrats, rising in power and influence in the party, are much less concerned about electability than much of the rest of the party.
A new Iowa poll shows Elizabeth Warren ahead of Bernie Sanders with the “electable” Joe Biden trailing in 4th place. Biden’s fall from a double-digit lead to 4th codifies a national phenomenon: the far left is flexing its electoral muscle and it’s difficult to see how Biden or any other candidate can stop them.
The New York Times–Siena College poll released Friday showed Warren with 22 percent support from likely Democratic caucusgoers, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with 19 percent, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) with 18 percent and Biden with 17 percent. All four fall close to the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.
No other candidate was near the top four, who were distantly trailed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) with 4 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with 3 percent and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 3 percent.
The survey is among a series of recent polls showing Warren leading the field in Iowa. A RealClearPolitics average of polls showed the senator ahead of the former vice president by an average of 5 percentage points Friday morning.
The total for the three far-left candidates — Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg — is 59 percent. All three candidates are enthusiastic supporters of Medicare for all, strict gun control, including banning assault rifles, and a host of radical programs designed to transform America into a socialist paradise.
“Electable” seems to have been thrown under the bus.
Biden has many problems, including a shortage of cash and growing questions about his age. But nothing should chill the bones of mainstream Democrats more than the stark reality that anyone younger than 45 years old in Iowa is totally rejecting the 78-year-old.
What’s holding Biden back in the Hawkeye State? Likely, among other factors, his inability to break through with younger voters. The Times survey shows Biden very far behind the top three with voters under 45 — pulling down just two percent in that category. In fact, Biden even trails entrepreneur Andrew Yang in that demographic by several points.
Two-thirds of Iowa voters under 30, according to the Times, are backing either Warren or Sanders. Biden is far, far behind.
A massive generational shift is occurring in the Democratic Party. Is it significant that the last such shift to a more youthful more radical party happened in 1972, when George McGovern ended up being slaughtered by Richard Nixon?
Time will tell.