Warning: Democrats Will Crash and Bern [OPINION]
Democrats have less than seven days to convince their voters to look elsewhere for their candidate than the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders has gained momentum as "Super Tuesday" approaches.
Coming in a strong second place in Iowa – barely edged out by South Bend, Indiana's Mayor Pete Buttigieg – Sanders parlayed that to a New Hampshire win. From there, Sanders kind of shocked the Democratic establishment with yet another win in Nevada.
Now, South Carolina is up and this is the hill the establishment's choice, former Vice President Joe Biden, will either take or "die" trying. Biden will be finished without a first-place finish here.
With Biden out of the way, it is difficult to imagine moderate Democrats coalescing behind the razor-thin resumé of Buttigieg or the little-known Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
With Elizabeth Warren being out-Bernied by Bernie, the only wild-card standing in the way of Sanders would be billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was clobbered in last week's debate.
The party's hopes to defeat President Trump are still in Biden's candidacy (Bloomberg being a new Plan B), and there will be a lot of anxiety Saturday as the votes are tallied in Columbia.
Many of the concerns of Sanders' past, well documented by conservative writers and bloggers over the last 12 years, are starting to resonate with moderate Democrats who now finally realize just how far to the left their party has gone.
But are they so late to this party that Sanders will ride the votes of the youth and others who are enjoying his "Santa Claus" platform to redistribute the wealth across this nation?
Two possible scenarios will likely arise out of Super Tuesday:
1. Sanders will suffer a major setback as more moderate Democratic platforms in many of the states participating that day will bring momentum to one of the other candidates such as Biden or Bloomberg. This will likely create a situation where no one wins enough delegates before the convention.
If this happens, the Democratic Party will be in a very unenviable situation with a brokered convention. My money would then be on Mike Bloomberg, who has been strategically generous with his personal wealth going out to help many elected officials across America.
This has been Bloomberg's play. His best, if not only, chance to win lies not in the primary votes, but in creating a situation where no candidate becomes the nominee before the convention. There, Bloomberg's design would be for all those he has helped to be counted on to bring to him the delegates for the Democratic nomination.
In other words, Bloomberg will have virtually bought the nomination, something Sanders and Warren have been warning voters about.
2. The Democrats can't stop the momentum of Bernie Sanders, and despite their efforts, Sanders wins on Super Tuesday and then pretty much skates to the finish line as the party's nominee.
Here is why the Democratic establishment doesn't want this: based on the economy, prognosis of stability for many more Americans today, Senator Sanders will lose to President Trump in a catastrophic landslide. Trump may take 43-46 states in a general election.
Even in the Democratic Party's own polling samples, there are whispers of a 400-100 kind of electoral college landslide for Trump.
In the wake of that, so many Democratic voters who would never vote for the socialist Sanders will stay home and that means incredible opportunities for Republican congressional candidates who will ride the "Trump wave" in many blue districts, returning the House to the Republicans and giving the GOP a monopoly in the federal government until at least 2022.
Sanders supporters should brace themselves for the attack on Bernie that is going to be coming; in fact, it has already started. His history of radicalism is about to be exposed to Democrats, by Democrats.
I think if the DNC is being honest, they aren't very confident that any in this field would defeat Trump right now. However, if they can put a competitive candidate on the ballot in November, they could at least drive their voters to the polling stations and preserve the House, which would hold him far more accountable and maintain a powerful stake in Washington.
This is a concession to President Trump if Sanders is the nominee. They will have been forced to provide the proverbial bullets to the GOP which will be used from July 16, as their convention ends in Milwaukee, until November 3 when America votes for the presidency.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@