Who will be the Un-Bernie?

Most Democratic voters aren't Sanders fans or socialists. In fact, two-thirds describe themselves as either "somewhat liberal" or "moderate" or "conservative."

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February 18, 2020 - 10:01 AM

This photo collage shows the eight remaining candidates in the presidential race for Democratic Candidate. From top left, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. Photo by (Getty Images/AFP/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party establishment — what’s left of it, anyway — is hoping someone can stop Bernie Sanders and his progressive horde from capturing the party’s presidential nomination.

Doyle McManus,

“I don’t know how you win an election (at) 78 years old, screaming in a microphone about the revolution,” said James Carville, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, in an especially pungent expression of the old guard’s anxiety. “It’s like we’re losing our damn minds.”

But Carville and other party elders have two problems as they look for a way to influence the race: They haven’t agreed on which non-Bernie candidate to favor. And even if they did, it’s not clear how many voters would listen.

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