The Shifting Sands of the Democratic Primary Field

The Shifting Sands of the Democratic Primary Field

( – In the runup to the Iowa Caucuses, which, of course, became the debacle we’ve all read about, most of the national polls had former Obama Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) battling for the lead. And, as Hillary Clinton can attest, these surveys are always spot on.

Except when they’re not. The previous mayor of South Bend, IN, Pete Buttigieg, was scoring in the single digits. Suddenly, he’s at the front with Sanders, and Biden has faded fast as the candidates gear up for debate and the next primary in New Hampshire. Tactics are sure to change, now.

In fact, Biden has already tapped Anita Dunn, a long-time Obama worker, to be a senior driver of the whole campaign.

Former Republican New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who switched parties to take on President Trump, is the big wildcard in the picture. He has yet to take the debate stage, and he isn’t really campaigning in early primary states. What he is doing is dropping a great deal of money on television advertisements. This includes an estimated $11 million for a single 60-second ad during Super Bowl LIV.

As is so often the case, what “everybody knew” would happen failed to materialize. The Iowa results changed the primary season landscape. The question becomes, is it now a Buttigieg masterpiece or an Etch-A-Sketch drawing that will disappear with a couple of shakes?

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