Socialist poster boy Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign manager has just sent a warning to Joe Biden that he should expect a primary challenge from the Left, if the Democrat president plans to run in 2024.
Former President Barack Obama famously fought off a Bernie Sanders primary challenge during his reelection.
Obama’s team went nuclear to stop Sanders, but he had the support from the Democratic Party to succeed.
Biden, on the otherhand, is leading a deeply-divided party.
Despite, Obama’s success, however, when presidents get primaried it can signal a loss in the general election.
It happened to Jimmy Carter when Ted Kenedy came in and crashed the party.
With the Democrat infighting and inflation, Biden is looking a lot like Carter.
And now it looks like Biden already has a challenge from the Left waiting in the wings.
“Will there be a progressive challenger? Yes,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager.
“Progressives are ultimately ascendant,” Weaved added.
“And if nothing else, a progressive running who gets a lot of support will demonstrate that the ideas that the progressive movement embraces are, in fact, popular.”
Yet, it’s not just Sanders’ camp that is bashing Biden as 2024 draws closer.
“He’s deeply unpopular,” said Corbin Trent, co-founder of the progressive No Excuses PAC and former staffer to radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“He’s old as sh*t.
“He’s largely been ineffective, unless we’re counting judges or whatever the hell inside-baseball scorecard we’re using.
“And I think he’ll probably get demolished in the midterms.”
“People will smell opportunity, and D.C. is filled with people who want to be president.”
“It’ll be a bigger primary than people anticipate, I think it’ll be like a Jimmy Carter primary.”
“I don’t think the country nor certainly not progressives in the party, who all tend to be younger, are going to sit on the sidelines,” said Mark Longabaugh, a progressive ad-maker who worked on Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a former Sanders campaign co-chair, is trying to stop the revolt:
“President Biden and his senior team have made a concerted effort to reach out to me since Sen. Sanders’ campaign ended and seek input into legislation and strategy.
“He wants to implement a bold progressive vision, and he will have my enthusiastic support in 2024 so we have eight years to do it.”
From Fox News:
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said that a big issue for President Biden is his inability to effectively message on areas where his administration may be doing well.
“The economy has some problems, but you know those areas where it’s very strong. But people have doubts and are uncertain because they’re not focusing on that part of it. So we’re hearing about inflation, but not unemployment, and not the GDP. And there are things that he could point to. He hasn’t been very effective at doing,” Miringoff said.
Miringoff said that he thinks it’s a possibility for a Democrat to challenge President Biden, but says it’s not going to be any type of so-called big name.
“If a Democrat runs, it would be viewed as divisive within the party and is likely not to attract a marquee candidate. I think it might be someone who is still looking to raise some issues and create some attention,” Miringoff said.
Former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver: “Will there be a progressive challenger? Yes,”
(Weaver stresses that he is not advocating for such a primary campaign)
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— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) January 1, 2022