Let me just go on the record to say that I think this is a bad idea.
I don’t see the value of possibly exposing two septuagenarians to a devastating virus just to see who can argue better.
I think by now most people know who they are voting for anyway.
However nobody gives a shit what I think so let the games begin.
Courtesy of Politico:
Virtually the entire Democratic presidential primary has been predicated on one underlying assumption: the eventual collapse of Joe Biden.
More than a dozen of his erstwhile opponents bet their campaigns on it, and he’s proven them all wrong. But his last serious opponent standing, Bernie Sanders, is still clinging to the same belief — and that it will finally happen on Sunday night, under the bright lights of their one-on-one debate.
To revive his campaign, Sanders needs to prove he’s the best candidate to take on President Donald Trump and lead the country at a time of duress, his aides and allies say. But they also acknowledge privately it’s going to take more than that — namely, for the gaffe-prone Biden to stumble.
This is accurate.
The nomination right now really is Bidens to lose. If he can get through the debate gaffe free, and looking presidential, he wins.
But if Biden comes through with flying colors what then?
Courtesy of the New York Post:
The Bernie Bros are vowing revenge.
As the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to crash and burn, the socialist’s most hard-core supporters are vowing they will never vote for Joe Biden at the ballot box — even if that means handing Trump a second term.
“We will never – NEVER boost or support Joe Biden or defend his abysmal record and terrible policy positions,” Henry Williams, executive director of The Gravel Institute, told The Post. “We will tell people, as we always have, to vote their conscience and to make decisions based on the interests of all the world’s oppressed people … I do expect a massive exodus from the Democratic Party.”
Williams, along with David Oks and Henry Magowan, are the driving forces behind the brief presidential campaign of Mike Gravel, an 89-year-old former Alaska senator who left the race in August. The trio then became enthusiastic Bernie Bros.
“I don’t know if I could vote for Biden,” said a high-profile local Democratic Socialist. “Biden is just an old white guy who inspires nobody. I sincerely think he will lose the electoral and popular vote and I know I won’t be voting for him in New York.”
The grumbling from Sanders die-hards is no idle threat. A whopping 12% of them voted for Trump in 2016, according to an analysis by Cooperative Congressional Election Study. That added up to roughly 216,000 voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, exit polls showed. Trump’s combined margin of victory in those states was 77,744.
An untold number of additional Sanders fans almost certainly stayed home or voted third party in 2016 in an election plagued by low turnout on both sides. Green Party candidate Jill Stein earned more votes in each rust-belt battleground than the margin separating Trump from Hillary Clinton. One of those Jill Stein voters was Briahna Joy Gray — Sanders’ current campaign spokesperson.
This is the real difference between the responsible Democrats who are supporting Biden, and the vacuous fanboys who support Bernie Sanders.
If Sanders by some miracle wins this nomination I will dedicate myself to helping him to defeat Donald Trump in the general.
That is what people who are serious about preserving our democracy do.
Anybody who takes their ball and goes home at a time like this simply because their favorite lost, is a traitor to this country and should never be taken seriously again.
As usual I will update this post as new information becomes available.
Update: Okay this was an excellent sound bite.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 16, 2020
Strong start by Bernie.
Update 2: The question is who sounds most presidential?
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 16, 2020
Bernie is very progressive and likes to challenge the status quo, but right now we desperately need a healer, not a disrupter.