Well now it’s official — the Bernie Machine has chosen their candidate. By way of Alan Suderman over at the Associated Press:
Entering the race in January behind in money and without the help of state party leaders, Perriello has looked to raise his profile by lining up endorsements of prominent national Democrats. Top aides to former President Barack Obama as well as Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, have backed Perriello recently.
Virginia and New Jersey are the only states set to elect governors this year, and the contest in the Old Dominion is attracting broad national attention. The Northam-Perriello contest highlights ongoing tensions among Democrats around the country as the party struggles with how best to respond to President Donald Trump and his agenda.
Back in 2012, Republicans lost a presidential race they did not believe they were going to lose. Republicans in Virginia, rather than selecting a common sense conservative candidate to be the nominee for governor, watched as an ultra jumped right into the race (after having pledged his word not to do so). The base — shocked at the loss and being sold by talk show hosts and the like that “middle of the road” establishment conservatives had stabbed them in the back, selected the ultra… and watched as Democrats ran perhaps the most unqualified candidate to serve in the Governor’s Mansion stomp out a campaign that had no idea why it was running and little aptitude to unite the base other than through force and coercion — the worst adhesives imaginable.
Alternatively? Back in 2016, Democrats lost a presidential race they did not believe they were going to lose. Democrats in Virginia, rather than selecting a common sense liberal candidate to be the nominee, watched as an ultra jumped right into the race….
Could 2017 be the Democrats’ 2013? Time will tell.