Former Vice President Joe Biden and now official 2020 contender ups the ante on the Dems’ intraparty fight between its Left wing and more moderate or mainstream factions. “If I were in charge of the DNC or Joe Biden’s campaign or any other entity associated with the traditional Democratic Party, I would be going out of my way to embrace the new energy on the Left and these anti-establishment forces,” quipped former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. At the same time, the Left is attempting to snuff out moderates despite polling that shows they have the only shot of beating President Trump.
Here’s more from The Hill…
The bell has rung on round two of the Democratic Party’s civil war.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s entry into the 2020 presidential primary sets the stage for another knock-down, drag-out fight between the establishment wing of the party and the ascendant left, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
That showdown threatens to tear open old wounds the party suffered in the bitter 2016 primary contest between Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Party leaders have tried to move on from that divisive episode, but deep wells of suspicion and distrust remain between mainstream Democrats and the left.
“The civil war that started in 2016 never ended,” said one veteran Democratic hand. “It’s still going on.”