From the looks of the Las Vegas Democratic debates last week, it looked to be a knock-down, drag-out fight between the candidates standing on the stage.
Newcomer Mike Bloomberg was attacked relentlessly by the others and was put on the defensive almost immediately.
Midway through the debate, when he was slammed about not yet releasing his taxes, Bloomberg lamely offered up the excuse that the other candidates have been at it for a few years while he only entered the race 10 weeks ago. He also noted that his finances are incredibly complex, numbering in the thousands of pages, and that he needs something more robust than TurboTax to file them.
The only shot he fired that seemed to land anywhere was towards Bernie Sanders, when he blasted, "What a wonderful country we have, the best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What'd I miss here?"
It didn't seem to injure Sanders, however. The Vermon senatoir ended up taking the Nevada caucus, winning by a wide margin — more than double the percentage of second-placer Joe Biden.
But despite Sanders' surging popularity, especially among millennials and other younger voters, establishment Democrats oppose him.
Over the weekend, MSNBC's Chris Matthews compared Sanders' popularity to Hitler's just before World War II, saying "It looks like Bernie Sanders is hard to beat ... I think it's a little late to stop him, and that's the problem. It's pretty much over unless that changes."
Matthews added, "I'm reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940. And the general calls up Churchill and says, 'It's over.' And Churchill says, 'How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?' He said, 'It's over.'"
Van Jones from CNN claims the Democrats are blindsided by Sanders' success, saying "Nobody thought six months ago that we would be sitting here with Bernie Sanders on his way to the nomination. He's on his way to the nomination.
Jones, like most liberals, suggests a violent way to end Sanders' run: "Something could happen to stop him. Somebody may have some marbles to throw at the stairs or banana peel. They better find it, because this guy is off and running."
Former Clinton advisor Dick Morris is suggesting the stage is being set for two-time loser Hillary Clinton to be advanced as the Democrat's nominee in a brokered convention.
President Trump offered Sanders a word of encouragement in a tweet:
Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the great state of Nevada. Biden and the rest look weak, and no way Mini Mike [Bloomberg] can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of presidential debates. Congratulations Bernie, and don't let them take it away from you!
To hear more about the state of the Democrat party watch The Download—From Nevada to November.