The Democrats have decided they don’t want Bernie Sanders to run for president as a Democrat in 2020 and have proposed a new rule that only a true Democrat may run for the Democratic nomination.
This could be very good for the Democrats or disastrous, depending on the outcome. The Democrats may not nominate a candidate progressive for Bernie Sanders. If that is the case, he could launch a third party challenge. Unlike most third-party candidates, Bernie would likely take votes in the double-digit range. That would drive the Republicans to an easy victory in 2020. If the Democrats do pick a candidate progressive enough to suit Bernie, the party could lose all of the so-called Reagan Democrats.
The new rule would force candidates in Democratic presidential primaries to state that they are Democrats, accept the party’s nomination if they win the 2020 primary and to “run and serve” as a member.
“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat,” the rule says. “Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: A. are a member of the Democratic Party; B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and C. will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.”
The Democratic National Committee announced on Friday that it would be moving forward with a new proposal that would prevent any candidate who isn’t a Democrat from winning the Democratic presidential nomination. The rule would likely shut Senator Bernie Sanders out of the running in 2020.
Sanders, who officially declared himself an Independent in October of 2017, has been at odds with the DNC since it was revealed that the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in favor of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
When Clinton loyalist Tom Perez was elected to head the organization — following the ouster of former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the interim leadership of Donna Brazile, both of whom were connected to Hillary Clinton — he tried to reunite the party by taking on Sanders supporter Keith Ellison as his co-chair.
In 2016, Democrats alienated the Bernie voters and if the new rule is passed, you may see it again in 2020.