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In 2018, a record turnout of women, minorities and young added 40 House seats to Democratic ranks and made Nancy Pelosi speaker.

This, we were told, is the new diversity coalition — women, people of color, millennials — that will take down The Donald in 2020.

So, how has the Democratic field sorted itself out half a year later?

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, two old white guys, Joe Biden, 76, and Bernie Sanders, 77, are setting the pace and have together corralled more than half of all Democrats.

There is a good chance the party of minorities, millennials and women will be led in 2020 by a white man who would be the oldest candidate ever nominated by a major party.

Biden and Bernie may be wheezing, but the old white boys are out in front of the pack.

Add Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke, running fifth and sixth, and 60 percent of Democrats favor white men for the nomination. Only 20 percent favor one of five women: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand or Tulsi Gabbard.

The African American candidates, Harris and Cory Booker, are backed by only 1 in 10 Democrats. Julian Castro, the lone Hispanic, is at 1 percent, as is the Asian American Andrew Yang.

While the first primaries are half a year off, the odds today favor — after nominating Barack Obama twice and then Hillary Clinton — Democrats returning to the 20th-century traditional candidate — a seasoned white man.

Frontrunner Biden is benefitting from the fact that his closest rival, Bernie Sanders, is a socialist with a large and loyal following from his 2016 campaign. For Bernie sits on a huge pile of votes Biden may not be able to win, but which Bernie is denying to any other challenger.

Indeed, Bernie is becoming a problem for a whole host of Democrats.

If he defeats Biden for the nomination, he pulls Democrats a long way to becoming a U.S. replica of the British Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn. Many moderate Democrats will not vote for a lifelong socialist who chose to spend his honeymoon during the Cold War in the Soviet Union.

Yet, as long as Bernie holds onto the votes he has, he prevents any candidate of color, any woman, or any new and fresh face from amassing enough strength in the polls to get within striking distance of Biden.

Bernie is thus today a de facto ally of Biden. He holds too few votes to take the nomination from Joe, but sufficient votes to stay in the race through the early primaries and deny any other Democrat a clean shot at Biden.

As of now, there are two lanes to the Democratic nomination — the centrist-moderate lane Biden occupies almost exclusively, and the left lane where Bernie leads but is being challenged by Elizabeth Warren.

Where does the Democratic race, with the largest number of entries in political history, almost two dozen, stand at the first turn?

ORDER IT NOW

Though Biden has more than a third of all Democrats behind him, he has slipped from his highest ratings and is under attack from his many rivals who believe a new day has come and who want old white men to go into retirement and get out of the way.

Biden is being hit for a variety of sins over a career that began in 1972. He voted to authorize George W. Bush to take us to war in Iraq. He led the fight for the 1994 anti-crime bill now viewed as tough on minorities. He left Anita Hill twisting in the wind when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas hearings. He denounced busing for racial balance back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Now the old plagiarism charges from his law school days and his presidential campaign of 1988 are being resurrected, since the Biden campaign distributed materials to back up his plan for combatting climate change with lines plagiarized from other sources.

This week, Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment which, for decades, has blocked federal tax funding for almost all abortions, is calling down the wrath of pro-choice Democrats who are both militant and many.

Another noteworthy development of recent weeks is the progress of Elizabeth Warren, due to the sheer number and appeal of her ideas for soaking the rich and using the revenue to create new entitlements in the name of “economic patriotism.” Say what you will, she is talking issues.

Mayor Pete seems to have eased back from his earlier highs, and stalled. As for Beto, he may be flailing those arms around like a drowning man — because he is one. The bloom is off the rose. Beto seems frozen at 4 percent. There is truth in what Alice Longworth Roosevelt said of Tom Dewey’s re-nomination in 1948 after having lost to FDR in 1944.

You can’t make a souffle rise a second time.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Geeze, Pat, for a guy who was in his late 20’s already when he got to enjoy watching lefties get their heads bashed in from that great view on the 19th floor in Chicago, these 2 are young brash whippersnappers. I hope you’re in better shape than you make these wheezers sound.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @follyofwar
    , @Clyde
  2. KenH says:

    The African American candidates, Harris and Cory Booker

    Barry Obongo cast a pall on future congoid and part congoid presidential candidates. If Obongo wasn’t such a horrible president then Kamala Harris would probably be out in front. If either Biden or Bernie win the presidency they will likely die or become so feeble that the vice president will ascend to the oval office and this is why both of them said they will be picking a woke minority as a VP candidate.

    The only thing Trump can say is that he’s not a socialist or Joe or Bernie. I really don’t see how he can run on his record since his accomplishments on immigration, the economy and foreign policy fall far short of his campaign rhetoric.

    But illegal immigration is arguably worse than it’s ever been under his watch and the only thing he’ll be delivering in a second term is more chamber of commerce Republicanism, the “largest number of immigrants ever” since he apparently thinks all Americans are employed making at least $27.00/hr, and MIGA on steroids even though we’re pretty much getting the latter thus far into his presidency. Oh, and more tweets promising to do this thing or that thing but never following through.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Father O'Hara
  3. Rational says:

    IT IS TIME FOR DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT DEMOCRACY—DONALD TRUMP.

    The Democrats are scum, evil people, because they support 3rd world immigration, whore mongering (Feminism), race mongering, porno, and all sorts of evil and depravity that do not belong in a civilized society.

    We cannot have a democracy if aliens are allowed to invade it. Anybody who allows his country to be invaded is evil. To me, such a person is as depraved and immoral as one who sells his mother, for selling your motherland is no different.

    So the best choice for Democrats is Trump, if they really care about our country and our democracy.

  4. El'geherg says: • Website

    Bernie Sanders (((white guy)))

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  5. KenH says:

    It’s disappointing that Pat didn’t write about D-Day and the deplorable state of West and the white race after we “saved” and “liberated” the world (while delivering half of it to Judeo Bolshevism) from the wicked aunty-semite Adolf Hitler. So was out great crusade in Europe worth it? Not for whites of European descent but it’s sure been a post war bonanza for the Jewish people.

    Seventy five years after D-Day most Western nations are reeling from large scale barbarian incursions euphemistically called “migration” and a cultural Marxist takeover of all major institutions. We delivered ourselves to Judeo Bolshevism by other names like diversity, equality, liberalism, progressivism, desegregation, equal rights, gay rights, et, al.

    Oh well, guess we’ll have to read Paul Craig Roberts and others who aren’t afraid to tackle thorny subjects and care more about disseminating truth than keeping their hallowed seat at the establishment’s table.

    • Agree: Mulegino1
  6. D = Day.
    “God called the light Day.”
    Today is dark:
    “Rough beast” shows his mark.

  7. swamped says:

    “You can’t make a souffle rise a second time”…from the author of ‘Nixon’s White House Wars’?
    Maybe it would have been better if Milhous hadn’t been re-nominated a second time in ’68 (third, if you count CA ’62) & he could then have avoided the final humiliation of ‘The Battles That Made and Broke a President’. And maybe it would have worked out better for the volk if RR hadn’t run three times before nailing it in ’80. And if Biden’s souffle has risen again after so many other fruitless attempts to seize the nomination, then Beto can probably keep flailing his arms a while longer, he’s still the best souffle in the Dem’s overcrowded oven. Not much will start to gel in the race until the early debates get started later this month anyway: it’s still wide open.
    But if it’s “Another noteworthy development of recent weeks is the progress of Elizabeth Warren, due to the sheer number and appeal of her ideas for soaking the rich and using the revenue to create new entitlements in the name of ‘economic patriotism’”..then that’s about as real a progress as she is a real Indian. “Say what you will, she is talking issues”…issues like reparations, affirmative action 2.0, amnesty, etc. & of course, her continuing slavish deference to the Israel lobby. Hillary lite.
    C’mon Beto, take the starch out of Pocahontas’s soggy souffle.

  8. @Achmed E. Newman

    Next to the rest of the McLaughlin gang, Pat doesn’t look like he’s aged at all. A regular Dorian Gray.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  9. I hope Sanders wins the nomination — just imagine the fun it will be to have a “real” (that is, pseudo) socialist running for the office of president. There will be a some kind of scandal that will make Russia-gate look like mild inconvenience….

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  10. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    This column is another example of how Mr. Buchanan serves the Establishment, helping to channel and harmlessly blow off dissent through Red v Blue politics. Watch him wave those GOP pennants harder and faster as November 2020 approaches, when America does the next Most Important Election Ever.

    The problem is, his rhetoric is creakier than that of Mr. Biden. In his last column, he wrote: “In 1983, Reagan ordered an invasion of Grenada to prevent U.S. medical students from being taken hostage by Marxist thugs who had just assassinated their leader and seized power.” Today: “Many moderate Democrats will not vote for a lifelong socialist who chose to spend his honeymoon during the Cold War in the Soviet Union.”

    Desiccated Beltway baloney.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  11. RVBlake says:
    @anonymous

    More relevant would have been for Buchanan to highlight Biden’s publicly-expressed approval of the diminution of the numbers of American Whites.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  12. KenH says:

    Many moderate Democrats will not vote for a lifelong socialist who chose to spend his honeymoon during the Cold War in the Soviet Union.

    Until they do. And what moderate Democrats, Pat? Biden was a moderate in the 1980’s and 90’s but he’s been belching out all woke as hell rhetoric and anti-white bile since he announced his candidacy and he’s leading the feral Democrat pack.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  13. @El'geherg

    Sanders may be a Jew, but he’s not nearly as much of a Zionist Israel loving Netanyahu lap dog as Trump.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  14. @KenH

    If the GOP is smart (I know that’s quite a stretch), and if old Uncle Joe wins the nomination, they should keep playing, over and over again, Biden’s statement that whites will soon be an absolute minority, that third world migration should not stop, and that that will be a good thing. But they won’t do it. That would be Racist, the worst of all things to be accused of.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
    , @lavoisier
  15. Realist says:
    @KenH

    But illegal immigration is arguably worse than it’s ever been under his watch and the only thing he’ll be delivering in a second term is more chamber of commerce Republicanism, the “largest number of immigrants ever” since he apparently thinks all Americans are employed making at least $27.00/hr, and MIGA on steroids even though we’re pretty much getting the latter thus far into his presidency. Oh, and more tweets promising to do this thing or that thing but never following through.

    Correct. Trump is just another member of the Deep State. Playing a charade.

  16. @Achmed E. Newman

    On election day, Biden will be 78 and Bernie 79. Bernie, in fact, was born BEFORE the attack on Pearl Harbor. I see, Pat, that you are a scant two years older than The Bern. So, given that octogenarians now think they are still up to the rigors of the job, you are still young enough to give it one last try. Run, Pat, Run!!!

    And if you want to go full anti-war, why not pick Tulsi Gabbard as your running mate? That is if she’ll agree to do it.

    As an aside, it’s doubtful if either of those two very old men get the nomination. AOC is against it, and she’s the new leader of the party.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  17. RVBlake says:
    @follyofwar

    Already used my Agree option.

  18. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @RVBlake

    At this point, what difference does it make what any of them says? The winning strategy is to tell the right lies to the right people gullible enough to vote.

    Mr. Buchanan knows this. But even he is tired of choreographing the show around issues — most of this political analysis is about the age, sex, and color of the puppets. (And even in that context, note how Rep. Gabbard, who may be principled about imperialism, something presumably worthy of mention, gets nothing but the Ron Paul treatment of being the last listed among five women.) The supposed “Mister Paleoconservative” is trafficking in the identity politics he tsk-tsks when mourning the Old Republic.

    Reading Mr. Buchanan as a dissident voice is like tuning in 50 years ago to watch Guy Lombardo instead of Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve.

  19. @animalogic

    In the series “Chernobyl” there was a party elder in the room who looked and acted a lot like Bernie Sanders.

    After the explosion he explained why a coverup was necessary–“We need to remember the name of this facility.” He thought that this was a reminder of the greatness of Communism. Everyone else in the room understood that he was naming the creator of the evil of the Soviet state that had culminated in the Chernobyl disaster.

    The name of the facility–which should never be forgotten–the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant.

  20. @Reg Cæsar

    I was giving Pat Buchanan some shit, as they say, just in fun. I hope he is in good enough shape to beat the living out of the entire McLaughlin Group, and, in fact, I would like to see him do just that. By McLaughlin “Gang” you make them sound tougher than they are. Do they have tattoos of Nina Totenberg on their big bicep muscles, Reg?

    Along with FollyofWar’s comment, It’d be great to see this guy as President.

  21. @follyofwar

    Good comment! It’s still very early in the process and the disadvantages of nominating men who will enter their ninth decade while in office will become more apparent as the process plays out. I’m skeptical that the Democratic Party will nominate a white or Jewish male candidate in 2020, although if either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders named a black, preferably female, candidate as their running mate, and pledged to be a one-term president, they might have a chance. And, at this point, I think any Democratic candidate this side of Lucifer should be able to defeat Donald Trump.

  22. SafeNow says:

    Newt was on Hannity’s radio show about a week ago when Hannity asked him to predict who will be the nominee. Newt declined to make predictions, but Hannity pressed him. Finally, Newt relented, in part, by using “has a chance” or “could be” language, to name Mayor Pete. Interesting.

    I note for the record that I have reservations about the Hannity show, not least of which is his scolding tone. It is the tone of a father whose teenage son has just irresponsibly wrecked the family car. However, I do listen at times, as when I am doing grungy lawn work that my gardener will not be paid to do.

  23. Bernie Sanders being ‘white’ is a bit like Schrödinger’s cat.

  24. @follyofwar

    Meh. That’s only because he hasn’t had enough to offer his tribe members yet. Anyway, arguing over which turd is a nicer shade of brown is boring.

  25. TG says:

    Biden is not a “centrist-moderate.” That’s Newspeak. Biden is a total whore to power, who will do anything that his wealthy patrons want him to do. Change bankruptcy laws so that people hit with surprise medical bills are made debt slaves for life? Waste trillions on utterly pointless winless foreign wars so politically connected defense contractors can charge $1000 per gallon of gasoline? Spend trillions of dollars on direct and indirect subsidies to Wall Street banks? Open the borders to the overpopulated third world, so the rich can have cheap labor, and to hell with everyone else? Create a “green new deal,” that has absolutely nothing to do with saving the environment, but is purely an excuse to levy regressive taxes and regulations on working-class Americans? Ship our core industrial base to Mexico and Communist China so the CEO’c can get big short-term bonuses, and to hell with the long-term national interest?

    Joe Biden is Hilary Clinton without the charisma or deep personal charm (sarcasm). Bernie is not perfect, but he’s not a monster. If you work for a living, ‘tactical’ voting for Biden is ‘tactical’ cutting your own throat.

  26. @TG

    Don’t forget he also said it was “a big fucking deal” when his boss, Barak “if you like your insurance you can keep it” Obama was signing the nightmare of Obamacare into law.

  27. SBaker says:

    Where is the Inbred Somali Muslim from Minnesota when you need another low IQ woman of color?

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  28. buckwheat says:

    Two old white guys pretending to be black. Gibs me mo free stuff seems to be their motto. Appealing to the parasites of society seems to be how they think they can be elected. As long as there are hard working taxpayers these loons will never win anything.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  29. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, two old white guys, Joe Biden, 76, and Bernie Sanders, 77, are setting the pace and have together corralled more than half of all Democrats.

    Which half of all Democrats? I suspect that the POC are supporting Biden. It’s the white liberals, the perverts, the feminists and the SJW’s who hate white men. The POC look at Biden and see Clinton and Obama to whom they are loyal. It also seems to me that the POC are not insane. They remain sufficiently lucid and rational to want to nominate somebody who has a chance of winning the election. Bubba and Bama actually won their elections. The white liberals and their nutty white constituencies don’t give a damn about the election. They intend to rule by impeachment.

    Biden needs the POC in the primaries and the DNC at the convention. I think he has both. And he only seems vulnerable to scandal. The media will simply ignore any scandal.

    I like Trump’s chances against Biden with or without impeachment. Trump’s greatest danger is RINO’s in the Senate. I don’t at all trust them to fail to convict when their choice is Trump or Pence. Cucks don’t care about elections either except for their own. They just want to keep the trains running on time. The gravy trains.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  30. @WorkingClass

    Biden’s star will flame out once the public comes to the realization that the man is senile.

  31. @SBaker

    Omar may be dumb, but at least she is not afraid to tell the truth about Jewish power controlling the USA.

  32. trelane says:

    Question:

    On a scale of zero to ten with zero being Nietzschesque nihilistic nothingness and ten being metaphysical certainty, what is the chance of old Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States in 2020?

    WRONG!

    The answer is 5

    RIP John

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  33. The leading contenders for 2020 – Trump, Biden and Sanders – remind me of the octagenarian leadership of the Soviet Union before it collapsed. Breznev, Andropov and Chernenko. Is there some kind of historical law at work here?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  34. @buckwheat

    Two old white guys pretending to be black. Gibs me mo free stuff seems to be their motto.

    That started in earnest in 1964 with the Socialist scumbag Lyndon Johnson.

    As long as there are hard working taxpayers these loons will never win anything.

    The hardworking taxpayers have been outvoted for a decade or more – we’re outnumbered. 5 decades into this, and they think they will never run out of other people’s money. They will. That’s when the fun starts.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  35. @Tsar Nicholas

    I remember the latter part of that. We don’t have some foreign Ronald Reagan to help us tear it all down though. We’re going to have to do it ourselves.

  36. lavoisier says: • Website
    @follyofwar

    If the GOP is smart (I know that’s quite a stretch), and if old Uncle Joe wins the nomination, they should keep playing, over and over again, Biden’s statement that whites will soon be an absolute minority, that third world migration should not stop, and that that will be a good thing. But they won’t do it. That would be Racist, the worst of all things to be accused of.

    You could play it over and over again, and add in something like white people must die, and the vast majority of white liberal Democrats would still vote for the guy.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  37. @KenH

    Do the voters watch, as I have , those jewtube videos of Kamala questioning various government people and coming across by turns empty headed and nasty? Are they aware of how she served under Willie Brown? Or Jussiegate?
    I wonder if her sinking campaign is actually a sign of Dem voters being discerning and informed? I mean just a little bit.
    Or maybe the people of color are still napping with a Do Not Disturb til 2020 sign on the door?

  38. trelane says:
    @Father O'Hara

    With Kondracke on one side and Zuckerman on the other, John was mortified!

  39. gsjackson says:
    @TG

    Agree, and well said.

    Medical expenses can’t be discharged in bankruptcy any more?

  40. @Achmed E. Newman

    The hardworking taxpayers have been outvoted for a decade or more – we’re outnumbered. 5 decades into this, and they think they will never run out of other people’s money. They will. That’s when the fun starts.

    True and yet….there’s this thing called deficit spending, and $22 Trillion in just the ‘official’ national debt. Point being that the fun’s already underway in earnest, and it’s still possible to kick the can further down the road.

    Now of course, it’s also true that the further you kick the can, the more grievous the eventual reckoning will be. But everyone always thinks someone else will deal with that.

  41. To Pat, not that he actually reads these comments:

    Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment which, for decades, has blocked federal tax funding for almost all abortions, is calling down the wrath of pro-choice Democrats who are both militant and many.

    I’m surprised that you of all people use their language. How about “Pro-Abortion Democrats”?

    Alice Longworth Roosevelt said of Tom Dewey’s re-nomination in 1948 after having lost to FDR in 1944.

    Her name was actually Alice Roosevelt Longworth and she had quite the rapier tongue.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  42. Clyde says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    ++
    Heh I get the 1968 allusions. Well done.

  43. Clyde says:
    @Mr McKenna

    To Pat, not that he actually reads these comments:

    I met Pat a few times at least. Shook his hand. More details on asking. But Donald is Pat revisited as best he can in a marginalized white America. Obviously that America was more white and lots less (n [.\deportable pigs included)

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