With just over a year until Americans head to the polls, the vast field of candidates on the democratic side of the aisle are getting busy bludgeoning one another into obscurity.
There are twenty four democrats currently in the race for the presidency, making for an all time record in modern politics. The field’s size has even prompted the DNC to enact harsher qualifications for the public debate schedule, hoping to narrow down the unwieldy field with a quickness.
For all intents and purposes, it’s really a one-horse race at this point, with former Vice President Joe Biden so far out front of his nearest competitor that the entire debacle has devolved into a mudslinging melee.
This week was a particularly ugly one for civility among the democrats.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigiegtook aim at one another over former Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) resignation, with Buttigieg implicitly criticizing Gillibrand by saying he wouldn’t have pressured Franken to resign over sexual misconduct allegations based on what was known at the time.
Gillibrand was the first senator to call for Franken’s resignation last year, and she’s been criticized by some Democrats for doing so.
“For my part, I chose to stand by eight women,” Gillibrand told SiriusXM host Zerlina Maxwell on “Signal Boost” Tuesday, a day after Buttigieg’s initial comments at an MSNBC town hall. “I would stand by those women again. I value women, so my position is really clear.”
And then there were the predictable attacks on the frontrunner.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have taken swipes at former Vice President Joe Biden over his willingness to attend high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street supporters. Warren also took a shot at Biden over his willingness to work with Republicans.
Biden is the front-runner in the race, and Sanders and Warren are both fighting to catch him. The two senators are also rivals themselves as they battle to be the pick for progressive Democrats.
There were even taunts regarding socialism.
“I’m a governor who doesn’t think we should be ashamed of our progressive values,” he said to whoops and cheers from a liberal audience.
At this rate, the DNC won’t have much to worry about, as the party looks eager to devour itself long before even the first debate begins later this month.