Pete Buttigieg has built an impressive organization (overperforming his polling in both Iowa and New Hampshire), and he gives the party its one true young, outside-Washington voice.
But it’s a huge question mark how well he can perform in more diverse states like here in Nevada, as well as South Carolina next week.
Amy Klobuchar surprised the political world in New Hampshire, hails from a geographically important part of the he country (the Midwest), and has proven she can win statewide there.
But she appears to be lacking a political organization that can capture lots of delegates in the 16 Super Tuesday contests that are just two weeks away.
Joe Biden has the established ties with African-American voters, and he represents (on paper at least) the clearest Obama-era alternative to Sanders’ democratic socialism.
But his fourth-place finish in Iowa and fifth place in New Hampshire have sounded alarm bells about his candidacy; these Iowa and New Hampshire voters were the ones who saw him more than in any other state.
Elizabeth Warren still remains an option for these moderate/pragamatic voters: If you don’t want Bernie, why not go for the progressive who’s a capitalist, who is inside (instead of outside) the party, and who might be able to unify the moderate and progressive wings?
But in addition to her third- and fourth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively, she’s so far only overperformed in highly educated, liberal areas.
And that brings us to Michael Bloomberg. He’s got the money (!!!!), organization and managerial experience.
So moderate Democrats across the country: You’ll need to choose your fighter by Super Tuesday. Who’s it going to be?
Mayor Bloomberg vs. Philanthropist Bloomberg
On “Meet the Press” yesterday, panelist Maria Teresa Kumar sized up the Bloomberg quandary for Democrats.
Which Michael Bloomberg would be president: Mayor Bloomberg or Philanthropist Bloomberg?
“I say this because Philanthropist Bloomberg is the one that has invested heavily on electing women through his Emily’s List, has invested heavily through Planned Parenthood for women’s choice, has invested heavily on gun reform, has invested heavily when it comes to basically every single issue that technically will expand the base and bring in a bigger tent,” she said. Read more