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Bernie Sanders is ‘Biden’ His Time – Could Stay in Race Through June

Bernie Sanders is ‘Biden’ His Time – Could Stay in Race Through June

“he’s given every indication he’s pressing forward — and perhaps remaining in the presidential race for months to come”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-democratic-presidential-candidate-anderson-cooper-60-minutes-2020-02-23/

Bernie Sanders is apparently thinking, or hoping, that something is going to happen which will prevent Joe Biden from going all the way to the Democratic nomination. Why else would he still be in the race?

There have been numerous think pieces about how it is nearly impossible for Bernie to reach the required number of delegates, but he is not dropping out any time soon.

Holly Otterbein and David Siders write at Politico:

‘He is still in’: Bernie could remain in race through June

Since his staff announced last week that he is reassessing his campaign, Bernie Sanders has not yet definitively said whether he is still running.

But he’s given every indication he’s pressing forward — and perhaps remaining in the presidential race for months to come.

Despite Joe Biden’s nearly insurmountable delegate lead, the Sanders campaign said he plans to participate in an April debate, if one happens. His team has held volunteer organizing calls in the past week in New York and Pennsylvania, which are planning to hold their primaries perhaps as late as June. And his campaign is also touting that it is ramping up staff in New York, which a senior aide said is “a sign that he is still in.”

Sanders, who hasn’t aired ads or fundraised since losing badly in the March 17 primaries, could still very well call things off. But one thing is certain: He’s not acting like a candidate who’s finished with the primary.

Bernie appears to be waiting for an opening. Professor Jacobson touched on this yesterday:

It might be too late for Democrats to replace Biden. But I think at this point, regardless of his delegate lead which makes him the assumed nominee, it at best is 50/50.

It’s why Bernie fights on, and Elizabeth Warren hasn’t endorsed anyone.

This is making some people in media uneasy. They want the primary to be over, presumably so they can get to work bolstering the Democratic nominee.

Case in point, Chris Cillizza writes at CNN:

Why is Bernie Sanders still running for president?

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign made some news on Tuesday night: He’s looking forward to being in the April debate with Joe Biden.

“If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there,” Sanders communications director Mike Casca told CNN’s Annie Grayer.

Which is verrry interesting — for a few reasons.

1. The Democratic National Committee had planned for an April debate but there appears to be very little movement — at least publicly — to announce a specific date or a media sponsor. Sanders’ statement may force the committee’s hand. (The last debate was a CNN-sponsored one on March 15.)

2. Sanders appears committed to remaining in the race for the foreseeable future despite the fact that he trails Biden by more than 300 pledged delegates (1,155 to 840 in CNN’s count) and would need to win nearly 60% of the remaining delegates to take the nomination from the former vice president.

That last point occasions a very simple question: Why is Sanders still running, given those very long odds?

It will be fascinating to see if the media turns on Bernie and starts insisting he should drop out.

You almost get a sense that they already want to do this.

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Comments

SpaceInvader | March 27, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Bernie knows that Democrats are not going to run a vegetable for president. He’s not going to let them pull a switcheroo without getting paid off.

The perpetual sneer on that wannabe tyrant’s face makes me sick.

Bernie’s been watching Joe’s infomercials beamed out from the Biden house.

And smiles.

2smartforlibs | March 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Is the Virus hold up delivery of the Gulfstream?

Yep, he’s counting on Slo Joe melting down completely before the convention and the Dems needing to run the next guy in line. He plans on being that next guy in line.

Doesn’t matter how many delegates you have if you’re in a ‘home’ somewhere during the convention.

Damn. If the internet gets any slower, it’ll freeze up altogether.

Our Bernie is a bit slow isnt he. He needs to understand that he will NOT be the Democrat nominee regardless of whether Slow Dead Joe runs or not.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to mailman. | March 27, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    “Weekend at Bidens”

    with guest appearances by Bernie, and Lizzie, and Hillary!

What if Bernie is the only lucid Democrat around?

    Edward in reply to Whitewall. | March 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Well, he’s the only lucid one of the two contenders still in the race for the Socialist-Democrat Presidential Candidate nomination.

johnny dollar | March 27, 2020 at 4:58 pm

New Demo. slogan:

“Hillary 2020: Tanned, rested, and ready. Almost sober”

Keep your eyes on Gov. Cuomo. He might be the President wannabe in waiting.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 27, 2020 at 7:01 pm

?? Bernie’s Biden his ti-ime
Not costing him one thin di-ime
Joe’s gone loon-y
Bernie’s picked soon-y
But only in his own mind.

– With apologies to Ella “First Lady of Song” Fitzgerald

The D’rats have really painted themselves into a corner.

If they hope to parachute in some daemonium ex machina to save the day at the last minute, the Bloomberg Bungle will strike again—even obscene infusions of cash can’t vault a candidate to the front seats if he doesn’t even have a campaign yet.

Frezz in the hizzy | March 28, 2020 at 9:14 am

The dems MUST have a contested convention, in order to show-horn in, deux ex machina-style, a “plausible” candidate (Cuomo?). The presence of Bernie, as unseemly as he his, represents a better chance of the interference necessary to effect that contested convention.

What vexes the Democrats:

1. Go with your heart–Bernie–and face the likelihood of a Reagan-style wipeout by Trump?

or

2. Go with your head–Biden–and still lose but maybe save some House seats?

Decisions, decisions.

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