Everything looks a lot different than it did one week ago, but, perhaps ironically, the Democratic field is exactly where so many predicted it would be when this whole thing started back in the early part of 2019.
As six states head to the polls to cast their primary votes one week after Super Tuesday, the Democratic field has winnowed down to two (realistic) candidates - Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. The progressive versus the establishment. Sound familiar? As Yogi Berra famously said, "“It's deja vu all over again.”
It's almost impossible to not draw comparisons to 2016 and the ongoing debate among the party's two predominant wings. Both sides are certain they are "right" and look at the other not just with skepticism, but oftentimes outright disdain. And if there's another long and drawn out nomination, which is all but certain, and one side feels the system was "rigged" against them in the end then it can have disastrous consequences for the party in November.
However, to state the obvious, this is 2020 and not 2016. Former Vice President Biden is not Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are not trying to retain the Presidency, but rather reclaim it. Many people in the Democratic Party and self-identified Independents, for reasons valid and not, did not like the former Secretary of State. Thirty years of relentless negative coverage in right-wing media will dampen anyone's credibility. That's not to say that the former Vice President has no faults, we all know he does, but the level of vitriol against him by the far-left is tame in comparison to what Secretary Clinton received.
If I were Senator Sanders I'd be concerned how rapidly the establishment has lined up behind Vice President Biden. Two weeks ago he was written off by the media and much of the Democratic Party and now he has the most delegates of any candidate. Not just that, but now other moderate candidates won't be siphoning votes away from him. That, and the primary map is starting to look very favorable to him.
The progressives are the loudest voice in the room, that is for certain, but it's beginning to appear they aren't the largest. How Sanders supporters handle that *if* he is not the nominee will determine whether President Trump is reelected or is a one-term President.