Moderate and establishment Democrats have to be smiling….
So do Joe Biden’s supporters….
Following Monday’s acrimonious exchanges between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the leader of one left-wing activist group summed up the sudden breach between the two liberal presidential candidates with an analogy on Twitter: “Mom and dad are fighting and all I wanna do is go to my room and put my headphones on.’’
For a year, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren have refused to criticize each other in the 2020 race, instead directing their attacks at moderate candidates and President Trump. But on the eve of Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Des Moines, and just three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Ms. Warren on Monday confirmed a news report that Mr. Sanders told her in a meeting in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency. Mr. Sanders strongly denied he said that.
The back-and-forth was not only the most serious schism between the two in the primary race, but it has also split supporters of the candidates — the most vehement of whom have used the episode to rehash old fights. The controversy has also prompted activist groups who view Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren as their standard-bearers to lament a disruption that could provide an advantage to the party’s moderate candidates.
Waleed Shahid of the progressive group Justice Democrats said he was “saddened” by the conflict and viewed it as a distraction from the goal of overtaking the centrist front-runner, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr….