He’s not campaign as much, maybe. And he knows he can’t win. But he is still very much in this, as Kimberly Strassel notes in the Wall Street Journal:
Sanders said he nonetheless would . . . “stay on the ballot in all remaining states and continue to gather delegates,” so as to exert “significant influence” over the party. He also declined to promise he’ll help Mr. Biden get elected. He instead blandly noted that his rival was a “very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”
This isn’t an endorsement; it’s a threat. The Democratic Party is split, and Mr. Sanders is the undisputed leader of its progressive wing. He’s not conceding gracefully; he’s not rallying Democrats behind a nominee; he’s not going anywhere—not without extracting a significant show of fealty from Mr. Biden.
Concessions on policy aren’t all Bernie is demanding. The negotiations also involve discussions about Mr. Biden’s future cabinet, including which progressives will go where, as well as who cannot play a role. The left wants a Biden administration ban on anyone who has worked on or near Wall Street, the fossil-fuel industry, the health-insurance sector and the lobbying world, to name a few.
The only thing that would make them support Mr. Biden, they write, is his agreement to meet their demands, which include endorsing the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a 50% reduction in prison populations, a wealth tax, cancellation of student debt, free undergraduate tuition in public institutions, abolishing the filibuster, packing the Supreme Court, federal gun licensing, and abortion subsidized by federal taxpayers.
Great news for Republicans. As Strassel notes, this will either move Biden so far left he is unelectable, or he will have to piss off lefties who then will come out in fewer numbers to vote for him and do less to get him elected.
You knew that was coming. The good news is, they’ll have a debate Sunday night. I want to see how Biden does, and whether he has the mental endurance to go one-on-one with someone. It’s important to know that someone who could be president can do this.
I like the slo-mo at the beginning of this. Makes him look frightening. You know, in other ways than being a socialist.
While 2% remain undecided and 6% will cast their ballot for uncommitted delegates, 17% have already voted for candidates who have dropped out of the contest, the public opinion survey found.
Biden leads Sanders with white Democrats and minority voters. Although the former Burlington mayor beats Biden with Democrats younger than 50 and men, the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator wins with Democrats older than 50 and women by a greater margin.
They know Bernie Sander will almost certainly lose to President Trump. So with Joe Biden having convincingly won South Carolina, the Democratic elite have anointed him as the one to stop Bernie.
Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg have both withdrawn from the race and endorsed Biden. Harry Reid, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy’s wife, Vicki Kennedy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and 2016 vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine have all just endorsed Joe.
Barack Obama has all but endorsed him too. The former president called Biden to congratulate him after South Carolina, and he put word out through the New York Times, which quoted a source knowledgeable about Obama’s thinking that Obama believes Sanders would have difficulty uniting the party.
Well, so would Joe Biden.
First of all, he sometimes has trouble stringing sentences together. And secondly, the left will be in open rebellion if he wins, whether fairly or not.
Sanders could easily enter the convention with the most delegates and then be denied that nomination by the elite “superdelegates” get to vote if he lacks a majority. That will create utter pandemonium. And for a rare moment, I will think the left is acting rationally and has a damned good point.
And Biden is no more likely to beat Trump than Sanders. Maybe less so.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on the strength of his performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, has surged nationally and now holds a sizable lead over all of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Former vice president Joe Biden, who led Sanders in a Post-ABC national poll in January, has seen a sharp drop in his support after finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Biden is now in a battle for second place with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg, who won the state-delegate-count battle in the Iowa caucuses and came a close second to Sanders in New Hampshire, is in single digits nationally, roughly even with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), whose surprise third-place finish in New Hampshire further scrambled the Democratic contest.
The Post-ABC poll shows Sanders, who got more votes in Iowa than any other candidate ahead of his narrow win in New Hampshire, with the support of 32 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters. That is an increase of nine percentage points since January. He holds double-digit leads among both women and men, as well as among those who say they are certain to vote in their state’s primary or caucuses.AD
Biden, who was at 32 percent support in January, has fallen to 16 percent in the new survey.
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