Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont who lost out on the Democrat nomination to Hillary Clinton last year, announced that next year he would run as an independent for the Vermont Senate race.
Mr Sanders said: “I am an independent and I have always run in Vermont as an independent, while I caucus with the Democrats in the United States Senate. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”
Senator Angus King from Maine also announced that he would run as an independent in 2018.
Mr King: “I’ve been an independent since the early nineties. I was a governor as an independent. That’s who I am."
The Democratic party thus faces more bleeding as it scrambles to get funding organised to finance its recovery, after losing out in the 2016 Senate, House and Presidential races. With Ms Hillary Clinton unlikely to make a comeback (she announced she wouldn’t be running in 2020) and Bernie Sanders looking more independent than ever, there is widespread fear amongst Democrats that they will not be prepared in time for the 2018 midterms.
To add further misery, financial donations are also not coming in as planned.
Nebraska party chair Ms Jane Kleeb admitted there is an issue: “Donors, small and large, are so over the party. Everybody thinks that some magic three-page document and some magic tagline is going to turn everything around for us. But this is very typical work."
The Democrats old leaders meanwhile, overlooked by former President Barack Obama, are keeping their involvement to a minimum.
Democrat National Committee member Ms Alice Germond put it bluntly: "We're all aware the money is not flowing in the way we hoped it would.” New resistance-minded groups (read: Antifa) asking for cash from donors "has been pretty overwhelming, and a newer phenomenon," she admitted, and that represents "competition for the party."
In other words, the cash seems to be going to the extreme left rather than the expected centre for the Democrats. What this will mean for the 2018 midterm elections remains everyone’s guess.