As Democrats prepare for Saturday’s New Hampshire debate, the party’s left wing appears dissatisfied with the process. Grumblings from liberal activists posted on various social media outlets are not hard to find. The central theme of the left’s frustration is aimed at party insiders seeking to suppress a dialogue among Democratic Presidential contenders.
“DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made it her absolute mission to stifle the Democratic primary debates, to bury them underneath faintly-advertised headlines and shoehorn them into impossibly unrealistic time slots. Let’s be honest – Wasserman Schultz has no interest in putting on a show of the primaries,” writes J.D. Durkin of website Mediaite.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the undeniable favorite of progressives and the far left and, according to a Real Clear Politics poll of likely Democratic voters, he holds a 48 to 43 percent lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. The small New England state, known for its “live free or die” motto, is the site of the first in the nation U.S. Presidential primaries Feb, 9 2016.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders needs to win New Hampshire if he wants any shot at the nomination,” writes Jim Newell, a journalist for Slate. “It neighbors the state he’s represented in Congress for two-dozen years and is populated, on the Democratic side, with delightfully ornery white liberals.”
Sanders is an outspoken defender of what he terms “Democratic Socialism” and has delivered speeches on college campuses across the country to raise awareness of income inequality in America. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as Sanders has been satirized by “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David on “Saturday Night Live” and dined with rapper Killer Mike in Atlanta.
“I didn’t get into politics to figure out how I could become president or a senator,” Sanders told the rapper. “I got into politics because I give a damn. I do think it is an outrage that we have people sleeping on the streets in this country, that 51 percent of young African American kids are unemployed or underemployed, that millions of people don’t have health insurance.”
Saturday’s debate from Manchester, N.H. featuring Sanders, Clinton and Ex-Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley airs at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
Meanwhile, the Republicans gathered for another debate on Tuesday night as SFGN was going to press. Much of talk leading up to this Las Vegas event was of a possible tussle between front runners Donald J. Trump and Ted Cruz. On Sunday, Trump characterized some of Cruz’s actions in the U.S. Senate as maniacal.
“I don’t think he’s qualified to be President,” Trump told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate – where he goes in there a – you know, frankly like a bit of a maniac. You’re never going to get things done that way.”