The 2020 primary season kicked off this week with two nights of Democratic debates in Florida — but not all Dems benefitted from the night of publicity.
Juan Williams, a left-leaning co-host on Fox News’ The Five, suggested after the debates that we may soon be saying goodbye to Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions. According to Williams, Sen. Sanders’ (VT) spotlight is “fading,” while fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) is stepping up to take his place.
It was Williams’ The Five co-star Dana Perino who first noted that Sanders, who has spent the past several years pulling the Democratic Party further toward the far-left, is losing his spot at the top of the pack of more than two dozen Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to Warren.
“Yes, she’s been leap-frogging him,” Williams agreed. “I think these two nights really sealed that, that it’s her moment, that she’s really got that lane in terms of left-wing Democratic Party politics.”
Williams asserted that Warren is “rising and he’s fading. We’ll see what happens,” he said.
“I will say this,” William added, “I think the field is just too big, so you get some people who just shouldn’t be on the stage.”
Get off the stage
Williams went on to joke with co-hosts Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters about the candidacy of spiritual guru Marianne Williamson — whose credentials for the presidency are decidedly unclear to just about everybody — before he mentioned other candidates who, in his view, had no business being up on that stage last week.
“I think that when you look at someone like [California Rep. Eric] Swalwell, I thought he just looked stiff,” Williams said, comparing the congressman to the tin man from The Wizard of Oz. “I really think that [tech entrepreneur Andrew] Yang and Bernie [Sanders] are, in a way, reverse stories here, [because] I thought Yang was going to pop and I’m amazed at what happened to Bernie.”
Williams’ take on the outcome of the debates aligns well with the general consensus among the political media that Warren performed well, while Sanders disappointed.
To be sure, there are still many months to go before primary voters even begin to cast their votes, and there remains plenty of time and opportunities for Sanders to reclaim momentum or for Warren to stumble and fall.
Indeed, every candidate right now — even those who some believe have no legitimate reason to be a candidate — still retains a shot at climbing in the polls and being a top contender for the nomination.
But the real question remains: Can any of them actually beat Donald Trump in 2020? Only time will tell.