In the midst of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ star rising in primary polls, as well as his New Hampshire and Nevada victories, middle of the road Democrats like Clintonista James Carville and anti-Bernie Democrats like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews have been sounding alarm bells about how Sanders could fare against Trump in the fall.

Joining them in their efforts at trying to stop Berniementum have been Never Trumpers like fellow MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who on Monday floated the possibility of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar dropping out of the race altogether. The strategy behind this is so other candidates he and other Never Trumpers feel have a better chance of defeating Trump can pick up Warren’s and Klobuchar’s voter support and possibly overtake Bernie in the delegate count.

The idea was discussed during a Monday “Morning Joe” segment with Democratic strategist and former Hillary Clinton 2016 senior advisor Adrienne Elrod, who pointed out that candidates had to reach a 15% threshold in order to qualify for delegates in primary contests. She stated that the longer there were four or five other candidates in the race fighting for the “moderate” vote, that it made it harder for candidates like Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg to reach that 15% threshold.

At that point, Scarborough turned to wife Mika Brzezinski to talk about Klobuchar’s and Warren’s track record to date, and wondered if it was time for the both of them to bow out:

“People are talking about how as well as she’s done, as good of a campaign she’s run, it is time for her to get out of the race,” Scarborough said of Klobuchar before pivoting to Warren. “A lot of people starting to talk about Elizabeth Warren, who finished weak again.”

“She finished in fourth place in her neighboring home state where she was supposed to win in New Hampshire last week. This week another disappointing finish. She’s maybe in single digits. She’s up to 10 percent now, but she’s in single digits in most of these counts,” he said.

“Is it time for Elizabeth Warren? If she keeps finishing in fourth, fifth place, is it time to her to get out of the race to help consolidate efforts against Bernie Sanders? That’s what a lot of buzz on Twitter suggesting that’s the case,” Scarborough concluded.

Watch the segment below:

The issue was brought up to Klobuchar over the weekend, and she promptly shut it down:

Asked by a reporter on Sunday about her rationale for staying in the race, Klobuchar said,“Why would I get out? That’s not even a close call for me.”

The Hill also notes that Warren “believes she is building momentum after a solid debate performance last week” so she’s not going anywhere.

For the record, Scarborough is now being accused of sexism for suggesting the women drop out instead of Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg, or Tom Steyer.

For those of us in the cheap seats watching this all play out, it’s been interesting to watch prominent commentators like Scarborough who seem to have no core ideology anymore hit the panic button over Sanders. It’s as though they believe movers and shakers in the Democratic party actually welcome what amounts to interference in their nomination process from people who aren’t even Democrats.

I mean, you’ve got Bill Kristol begging President Obama to go to bat for Biden before Saturday’s South Carolina primary:

Kristol, like other Never Trumpers, has an alternative Democratic candidate to Biden in case the former veep’s campaign flames out this weekend:

Washington Post “conservative” columnist Jennifer Rubin, also a Never Trumper, has been writing pieces giving advice to other Democratic candidates on how to take down Sanders (because her efforts at taking down Trump in 2016 worked so well):

Rick Wilson, who comes off as the de facto spokesman for the Never Trump movement, has taken to fighting with “Bernie Bros” over Sanders’ praise of murderous former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro:

Tom Nichols, who has advised that the only way the Republican party can be saved is to vote for Democrats, has gone Code Red against Bernie:

This is a birds-eye view of what it looks like to live on Never Trumper Island:

Such islands, where the only sounds are crickets chirping and waves lapping, form only after all bridges are burned, or so I’ve heard.

 

 
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