Now, plenty of media chatter has been directed at voters’ concerns about Warren’s electability. Hardly any has looked at Sanders’s electability. Even among Democrats, more voters are uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with Sanders (36 percent) than with Warren (33 percent).
Sanders’s age, the “socialist” moniker he embraces and his 2016 campaign problem with women are not going to change during the race. It’s unlikely his personality or his familiarity with foreign policy will improve, either. (The guy is 77, and if we have learned anything from Trump, it is that septuagenarians don’t change their personalities nor attend to habitual deficits in knowledge.) Oh, and on Sunday he again promised to release his tax returns, which he promised over a month ago would be “soon.”
There are no perfect candidates, to be sure. Biden is dealing with the first of likely many stories about his inappropriate touching of women. However, he has a very deep well of goodwill. Beto O’Rourke doesn’t have much experience, but he is learning the issues and to his credit has stuck to his guns on keeping private health insurance (a popular position). Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) — you can go down the list. However, Sanders is unique in that so many voters — and so many Democrats — have misgivings about him. If Democrats really are serious about booting out Trump, they’d better get serious about selecting someone who hasn’t already turned off more than half of voters.