You have to hand it to Iowa Democrats. Faced with a bewildering bevy of candidates vying for their attention, voters are promoting those who may credibly challenge President Trump in the 2020 race while winnowing out the buffoons and publicity-seekers who are merely along for the ride.
According to the latest survey, for instance, “Spartacus” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is struggling at 1 percent and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has all but disappeared despite viral videos showing her sledding, playing beer pong and bowling. Turns out featuring “Kirsten being Kirsten” as her campaign has touted, isn’t quite as powerful as Kirsten tackling voter concerns.
Recent polling by CNN and the Des Moines Register shows Joe Biden’s popularity slipping from unsustainable heights, now down to 24 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., lead over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has all but evaporated; those three candidates are now in what is described as a dead heat, several points behind Biden. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., trails but is not invisible, with 7 percent of the vote.
To their credit, Iowa