Checking the pulse of local Democrats after a tough week

The Iowa caucus last Monday was a disaster, and President Trump got acquitted.

Outside my favorite spot to find out what people are thinking, the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, I met Gail Moore, a loyal Democrat.

I asked her what she thought of the Democratic field.

“There's not anyone I really, really like, or that I'm very impressed with,” Moore told me.

I came here to find Democrats and see what they thought of the race. We talk after what could be the Democrat's really rough week: the Iowa caucus last Monday was a disaster, (big surprise there) and President Trump got acquitted, (no surprise there.)

Suddenly, what you saw unfold online and in the chattering class was a Democratic crisis of confidence, especially for a party that has made beating Donald Trump in November job number one. Suddenly, Trump, with rising poll numbers and a Democratic party at political loggerheads--doesn’t seem so vulnerable.

Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, is surging.

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He and Pete Buttigieg finished neck-and-neck in Iowa, and polls show the two could battle again tomorrow in New Hampshire. Then it’s on to Nevada, where the last polls done in January show Biden and Sanders leading, with Warren, Steyer and Buttigieg in the second tier. But that’s a month ago and the landscape in Nevada could be influenced by the outcomes of the first two contests.

My poll in Henderson was unscientific. Try as we might, we did not encounter any Sanders, Warren or Steyer backers--the three candidates representing the party’s more progressive wing.

Monday apparently was moderate day outside the Paseo Verde Library.

“I'm not super excited about the field because I'm kind of more middle of the roader. It doesn't seem like Biden and Mayor Pete are getting that much traction. I'm a little bit afraid of Bernie Sanders. I think he's like too much of a socialist,” local Democrat Richard Cummins told me. (Buttigieg, in fact, is running strong, with Joe Biden looking to stabilize his campaign with a respectable finish. Amy Klobuchar is climbing. )

Still, Cummins told me he’ll vote for the Democratic nominee, whomever it is.

I also ran into local Democrat Jane Franz, who offered her party some advice.

“I think that the Democrats need to decide among themselves who has the strongest platform and then they all need to get behind it", Franz, a Buttigieg backer, told me.

I asked Democrat Liana Zetterholm, still undecided, what will help her make up her mind when she goes to caucus?

“I don’t know. Something new,” she answered.

Turnout for both parties will be a key to victory in November. That’s why, what Gail Moore told me, should worry Democrats.

“You know, this is the first year I would have to say I probably will not vote – that’s how discouraged I am,” she said. “I just haven’t found a leader, someone that I want to follow.”