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Why Were The Democrats All Beating Up On Bernie?

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Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders took a lot of incoming during last night’s Democratic Primary debate in South Carolina, which was really bizarre given than Sanders’ fellow Democratic candidates for President all support the same radical Leftist policies that he has been promoting for decades.

Former Mayor Pere Buttigieg said he was trying to do the math on Sanders’ various proposals. He went on to say Sanders’ plans add up to four more years of Trump and Kevin McCarthy being Speaker of the House. Buttigieg then said Sanders will cause Democrats to lose Congress and claimed Democrats who helped the party take back the House are running away from Sanders’ plans as fast as they can.

However, Pete has his own math problems – the math on his own “Medicare for all who want it” plan doesn’t add up.

According to an analysis by Igor Derysh, a staff writer for Left-leaning Salon, two new studies found that the Medicare for All plan proposed by Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren would cost less than the public option proposed by former Vice President Joe Biden and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Biden and Buttigieg's proposals would actually increase costs, Yale researcher Alison Galvani told Newsweek.

"Without the savings to overhead, pharmaceutical costs, hospital/clinical fees, and fraud detection, 'Medicare for all who want it' could annually cost $175 billion dollars more than status quo," Galvani said. "That's over $600 billion more than Medicare for all."

One of the most interesting parts of the debate was a little skirmish on “electability.” Sen. Sanders claimed he has beaten President Trump in 47 of the last 50 polls. Sanders also claimed he beats Trump in swing states like Michigan and the way to beat Trump is with a movement.

Former Mayor Bloomberg jumped in to say, “polls aren’t the election.” He then wondered if anyone can imagine moderate Republicans voting for Bernie Sanders. Senator Warren then attacked Bloomberg by saying the progressive agenda is popular and hit Bloomberg for saying Democrats need to seek out “moderate Republicans.”

Senator Warren also hit Bloomberg for funding Lindsey Graham’s campaign. She said Bloomberg backed an “anti-choice” Republican in Pennsylvania and Scott Brown against her. She said the core of the Democratic Party “will never trust” Bloomberg and “He has not earned their trust. I will.” Senator Warren went on to claim Bloomberg is the riskiest candidate because he cannot earn the trust of the base.

Senator Warren may very well be right about the grassroots base of the Democratic Party distrusting Bloomberg. And Bloomberg may have a point about Bernie’s lack of appeal to suburban middle-income voters.

But here’s the problem – all the Democratic candidates are with Bernie or even to the Left of him on issue after issue.

According to Deroy Murdock’s research, Americans for Democratic Action awarded Sanders a 2018 Liberal Quotient of 100%, — a perfect Left-wing score. The "moderate" Klobuchar tailgated Sanders with a 95% rating that year. But in 2017, Sanders scored a 95, with Klobuchar to his Left at 100. Biden, for his part, earned an 80% Liberal Quotient in 2008, his final year in the Senate. While not as far Left as Klobuchar and Sanders, who both hit 100 that year, noted Mr. Murdock, Biden was much closer to the liberal fast lane than to the middle of the road.

So much for the idea that Senator Amy Klobuchar is a “moderate.”

The two mayors in the Democrat race, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, don’t have legislative score cards per se, but they do have records and public positions that allow us to place them along the Right – Left spectrum.

And it should surprise no one that Bloomberg and Buttigieg fall far to the Left on most issues.

As Mr. Murdock pointed out, former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg has seconded the left’s prescriptions — from aggressive gun control to anti-"global warming" orthodoxy to robust rejection of his own mayoral law-enforcement practices. These candidates advocate steep tax hikes, a new carbon levy, lavish federal spending programs, freebies for illegal aliens, subsidized abortion — on demand, without apology, and until natural delivery — and truckloads more government intervention.

Although he was Mayor of a city with less population than New York’s smallest borough, Buttigieg is every bit as Far Left as Mr. Bloomberg, he just doesn’t have the billions of dollars Bloomberg has invested in promoting his authoritarian policies and imposing them on the rest of the country.

We’ve already told you about Buttigieg’s radical views on abortion in our article “Pete Buttigieg Is No ‘Moderate’ On Abortion.”

Buttigieg’s extreme devotion to abortion was on display when he told a prominent pro-life Democrat there is no room for pro-life voices in his party, prompting fears from pro-life Democrats that his extreme stance could cost them votes in November: “Buttigieg…might find it pragmatic right now to reject our overtures. It won’t be pragmatic, though, when in November the Democratic Party loses a swath of pro-life states to President Donald Trump,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life.

Pete Buttigieg’s refusal to name a single restriction on abortion – even up to the point of birth - puts him at the extreme fringe of public opinion. Indeed, Buttigieg has refused to condemn infanticide and partial birth abortion, arguing “it shouldn’t be up to a government official to draw the line.”

Like Virginia's baby-killing Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, Buttigieg would permit abortion without restrictions up until the moment of birth, even for healthy, viable babies.

And of course last night’s debate did not reveal any of the Democratic candidates for President are “moderate” on gun control.

Buttigieg is as extreme on gun control as Bloomberg and the other Democrats, but to distinguish himself he has made a point of blaming mass shootings on President Trump and “white nationalism.”

According to CNN, Buttigieg supports universal background checks and argues that the Senate should pass the universal background check bill, HR 8, that was passed by the Democratic-led House in February but has yet to be considered by the Republican-led Senate.

He also supports a ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Buttigieg supports the so-called "red flag" laws, saying Congress should pass a federal "Extreme Risk Protection Order Act." He supports a nationwide gun licensing system and for Congress to close so-called loopholes, in current gun laws.

Buttigieg would also allocate federal funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health to conduct research on gun violence, which he labels as a "public health crisis."

Our friend Deroy Murdock summed up the Democrats’ current problem in one succinct sentence; the Democratic Party’s vaunted "moderate lane" lacks one thing: moderates and last night’s debate proved Mr. Murdock to be right.

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