South Carolina Debate Turns into Bernie Bash-Fest

When your’e on top of the Democratic primary game, prepare to be tested.

That may be the lesson that any candidate with any hope of whiffing the nomination needs to take away from these early-voting states.  Bernie Sanders has grasped the lead handily, and the rest of the field is banding together to drag him down.

Should Sanders take the upcoming South Carolina primary, followed by even a moderately decent showing on Super Tuesday, there would be essentially no way of stopping him from earning the nomination.

So, in a last ditch effort to save the Democratic Party from itself, the great Palmetto State debate devolved into a Bernie-bashing hullabaloo.

…Pete Buttigieg pointed to Sanders’ self-described democratic socialism and his recent comments expressing admiration for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s push for education.

“I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, declared.

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg took the low road.

From the earliest moments of the debate, Bloomberg sought to portray a clear contrast with Sanders. He said Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree that Sanders would be the best outcome for the Democrats.

“Vladimir Putin thinks Donald Trump should be president of the United States and that’s why Russia is helping you get elected so you lose to him,” Bloomberg said.

Even Elizabeth Warren, a rumored potential VP pick for Sanders himself, got softly in on the action, saying that while she agreed with Bernie on many things, that she would make a better President than he.