In case you haven’t gotten the memo, the keyword is “moderate.” In a single hour, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell and one of her guests on Wednesday referred to the non-Bernie Sanders 2020 candidates as “moderate” four times. This despite the fact that Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Bloomberg and others are quite liberal.
Talking to DNC Chairman Tom Steyer, Mitchell wondered, “You’ve got more than 50 percent, if you combine Buttigieg and Klobuchar and some of the other candidates, in that moderate lane. Is that a rejection of Bernie Sanders and the liberal or progressive voters who are the most energetic, the most passionate?”
Talking to Bloomberg campaign adviser Tim O’Brien, the journalist insisted, “You’ve got more than 50 percent of the vote was in the moderate lane.” Speaking of Klobuchar, Mitchell echoed Democratic talking points: “She would argue that she might have come in first if Pete hadn’t been in that moderate lane.” Democratic operative Jim Messina appeared on the show and claimed of New Hampshire: “Over 55 percent of voters voted for a moderate candidate.”
Klobuchar has an extremely liberal voting record. She is radically pro abortion, promising to “reverse Trump abortion policies in the first 100 days.” Bloomerg is very pro-abortion and rabidly pro-gun control. Buttigieg is pro-abortion, pro-gun control and has talked about expanding and packing the Supreme Court.
Apparently if you didn’t honeymoon in the USSR, you’re now a moderate, according to the media.
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Andrea Mitchell Reports
ANDREA MITCHELL: And Pete Buttigieg who did so well, as you point out, might have actually bested Bernie Sanders if Klobuchar hasn’t done so well. She would argue that she might have come in first if Pete hadn’t been in that moderate lane.
JIM MESSINA: If you’re a Dem after last night, Steve talked about two numbers that are crucial for me, the first is turnout, it’s a very big deal that turnout is higher than 2008. That shows you a base and a party that is united and excited, and the second number that I think people need to watch is, over 55 percent of voters voted for a moderate candidate.
MITCHELL [To Tim O’Brien Bloomberg campaign senior adviser]: You’ve got more than 50 percent of the vote was in the moderate lane. Does that improve or hurt his chances because now you’ve got arguably two other candidates who might be viable, rather than Mike Bloomberg coming to the rescue?
MITCHELL [To DNC chair Tom Perez]: Well, you’ve got more than 50 percent if you combine Buttigieg and Klobuchar and some of the other candidates in that moderate lane. Is that a rejection of Bernie Sanders and the liberal or progressive voters who are the most energetic, the most passionate, and how do you deal with them if they are rejected?