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Rejecting Bernie Sanders will not insulate Democrats from charges of being leftists or big government liberal elitists. They have already attacked Joe Biden, and it won't stop when he becomes the nominee. The right doesn't believe in moderate Democrats and they have proven effective in convincing voters of the same thing. DeRoy Murdoch made this point in a National Review Article in February before Biden emerged as the front runner. Murdoch declared Biden along with Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg were " big government liberals. " He cited the Americans For Democratic Action Liberal Quotient with 100% being the highest. Bernie Sanders got 100% Klobuchar got 95% and Biden during his time in the Senate scored 80%. Murdoch wrote - but even if primary voters just say " nyet " to Bernie Sanders, Democrats will not choose a moderate because no such creature is currently running for President of the United States.
More recently Sally Pipes wrote online for Fox News attacking Biden on healthcare. She went after his proposal for a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers. Pipes called it " single payer in slow motion."
1. A public option unlike private insurers can dictate what it will pay healthcare providers giving it a huge cost advantage.
2. Consumers will flock to the cheaper government plan.
3. Providers raise rates for private insurers who pass the costs on to customers in higher premiums
All this will drive people into the government program and private insurers will soon go out of business. Pipes of course believes this will lead to a Democratic defeat in 2020.
As usual the right will smear and distort Democrats image as "liberals " whether it's on healthcare, taxes, or climate change. Biden isn't a consistent debater or a compelling speaker. He's also prone to gaffes. He will have to do better in these areas while taking the fight to Trump that means confidently defining yourself and the issues.
www.nationalreview.com /2020/02/democratic-presidential- candidates - no moderates