Election 2020

Sanders campaign on the brink of quitting

His effort is virtually on hold for several weeks.

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With the coronavirus taking headlines away from the Democratic primaries, a Biden landslide yesterday, and a national mood for bipartisan efficiency (not left-wing ideology), the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders is “assessing” their future.

On Tuesday they lost to Biden by a crushing number in Florida, by an embarrassing margin in Illinois, and by a solid margin in Arizona. Biden ran the table. The Sanders campaign is over. The candidate knows it, Biden knows it, everyone knows it. The only question is whether candidate ego and/or consultant greed will keep the effort going until it collapses into a heap of recriminations and debt.

The math doesn’t work for a first ballot victory for Sanders and with states postponing primaries (like Ohio yesterday) because of the virus, the chance for a miracle comeback by Sanders doesn’t exist anymore and won’t in the future.

Sanders’ campaign was doomed from the start. His early wins were flukes driven by media and volunteer enthusiasm. But those factors could not compete with the basic fact that even the Democrats have not gone fully socialist yet. To make a deeply flawed candidate like Biden the nominee, the alternatives had to be pretty bad. They were.

The GOP and conservative operation to boost Bernie, of which we were strong adherents, at the expense of Biden and to deepen the wounds of their civil war has come to a close. But it may pay dividends in the fall because the Sanders people will now become a very loud and annoying pebble in the Biden shoe.

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Half of them won’t forgive or forget. The other half will hold their nose and vote for Biden, but that’s it. True, a small percentage will unite with the party to try and defeat Trump. A feat that may become easier if the economy continues to fall due to the economic consequences of the virus.

However, at this point the Sanders campaign is in hibernation. It’s likely in for a long sleep.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence; he served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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