Former Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that overly-progressive candidates and their socialist proposals are likely to hand Republicans victories in 2020, according to the Daily Beast.
Nelson said that if Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders were to become the party's nominee in 2020, with their grandiose Medicare for All proposals, the party would effectively be ceding Florida to Trump.
"The answer is yes," said Nelson - a Biden supporter who narrowly lost his re-election in 2018. "I say this with the greatest respect and admiration and friendship for those other senators who embrace Medicare for All. But the hard reality is, it is going to be a stretch too far for the Democrat candidate."
Nelson's comments echo those of Pelosi, who told Bloomberg last week " What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan," while suggesting Medicare for All and various wealth tax proposals are unlikely to sway voters in midwestern states.
"Remember November," she added. "You must win the Electoral College."
The split in the party couldn't come at a worse time, according to the Beast.
The dichotomy between the feel-good vibes of DNC Chair Tom Perez and the cold-water dousing delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the push for Medicare for All portended what appears to be one of the more trying weeks for Democrats to date. At a time when President Trump is on the precipice of impeachment, the opposition party finds itself in an increasingly dour state, with a renewed sense of fright about the prospects of the president’s re-election and infighting between the primary candidates heating up in uncomfortable ways.
At the heart of the internal friction is Sens. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) advocacy for Medicare for All, with the former introducing an expansive—and potentially unwieldy—set of provisions to pay for the multi-trillion-dollar health-care overhaul this past week. In remarks to Bloomberg News on Friday, Pelosi offered a pointed warning to the two (and other Democrats in general) that the idea would prove to be a disaster for national Democrats looking to emerge victorious against Trump in less than one year’s time. -Daily Beast
While Warren's campaign didn't respond to the Beast, Sanders campaign co-chairwoman Nina Turner said that Democrats will just have to suck it up and get over their aversion to the universal healthcare.
"When he is the nominee, there will be no more hiding from this," she said. "Neoliberal Democrats will have to accept the fact that they will have a presidential nominee who will fight like hell for Medicare for All."
Other progressives have spoken out against Pelosi such as nonprofit social justice firm Megaphone Strategies partner Murshed Zaheed - a former staffer for Harry Reid, who said: "Nancy Pelosi is just not in touch with the majority of Democratic voters. If she was listening to the people, she’d know the majority of voters actually support Democrats running on Medicare for All."
It is a truism of national politics that Democrats will go through several dozen bed-wetting periods during the course of a campaign—so much so that the phrase “Dems in Disarray” has become one of the more overused clichés in all of punditry. And several top operatives cautioned that the party’s fears that they’re blowing the Trump rematch—or, worse, delivering self-inflicting wounds heading into the election—were vastly overblown. One top Democrat said internal polling of swing states was much rosier than what the Times and Siena’s study showed. Others chalked up the increasingly public frictions to the tides and turns of a primary race. -Daily Beast
"This is a frenzied period," said Democratic operative Brian Fallon, who worked on the failed Clinton campaign in 2016. "We’re entering the home stretch before Iowa." That said, he Fallon admitted that "there's a lot of crossfire" going on.
The 'circular firing squad':
The Beast offers a few recent examples of Democrat infighting. For starters, Biden in recent days has ratcheted up criticism of Warren's Medicare for All plan - insisting that it would raise taxes on the middle class despite Warren's insistence that it doesn't. Warren shot back that Biden was "running in the wrong presidential primary."
Meanwhile, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has suggested that it's basically down to himself and Warren - a comment he later backpedaled on.
In response to that, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said of Buttigeig "It’s naive for him to think that at this point, that the fate of this election has been determined."
Even the lower-tier candidates have been getting into the act. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has spent the last few weeks campaigning against Hillary Clinton, who suggested Gabbard was being propped up by Republicans as a third-party candidate; and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) mocked Buttigieg by noting that the budget he had as chancellor of the Denver Public School system was “about three times the size of a certain municipality in the state of Indiana.”
There was even fighting among the candidates who supported Medicare for All over the merits of their respective proposals. Sanders, who has made writing the “damn bill” the signature of his campaign’s platform, has taken steps in recent days to draw distinctions between his approach to financing the plan compared to Warren’s. Warren, who’s known on the campaign trail as the candidate with “a plan” for nearly every facet of governance, was met with significant pushback. -Daily Beast
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats appear to be setting in for a lengthy impeachment of Trump - which he's suggested is nothing more than "bullshit" because they can't win on election day.