Despite last Tuesday’s second-in-a-row “shellacking,” as a certain former President might put it, the loony old Bolshevik from Vermont insists he isn’t giving up, even in the face of long odds. Excerpt:
Sanders fell short of his primary performances against Hillary Clinton in 2016, when he pulled off an upset in Michigan and lost by a whisker in Missouri. On Tuesday he lost handily in both those states, places where he hoped to demonstrate his strength among Midwestern voters. Sanders only pulled off a win in North Dakota, a small state with few delegates. In Washington state, Biden and Sanders were in a virtual tie with more than two-thirds of the votes counted.
“Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign,” Sanders told reporters in his hometown of Burlington on Wednesday. He insisted he was staying in the race and would draw a sharp distinction with Biden in a televised debate scheduled for Sunday in Arizona.
Sanders said he was winning “the ideological debate” on issues such as universal healthcare that are popular with many Americans, as well as the “generational debate” with his appeal to younger voters. Yet he acknowledged many Democrats were still choosing Biden because they believe the former vice president is the best candidate to defeat Trump.
“Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion,” Sanders said. “But that is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.”
Bernie, Bernie – you aren’t winning any ideological debates. If you were, you wouldn’t be getting your ass handed to you by the increasingly daffy, confused and befuddled Groper Joe.
The loony old Bolshevik is stubbornly staying in this thing, and you’ve got to give it to him for finally showing what my Dad would have called a “little bit of stick to it.” It’s certainly something new; he’s never held a real job aside from a short stint as an apprentice carpenter, a trade he failed to learn. He’s never introduced a major bill that became law. His role in the Senate seems to waver somewhere between curiosity, gadfly and comic relief.
In fact, it’s pretty amazing that he’s come this far.
Honestly, though, he can’t go much farther. I expect he’ll bow to the inevitable before the convention, and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if he buys another lakefront
mansion dacha; that seems to be how this oddball old Socialist deals with electoral losses.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is probably already planning how to get Groper Joe to lose control during the first debate and lapse into a foaming-at-the-mouth, profane rant, as he just did at a citizen the other day. I’d recommend stocking up on popcorn now, because it’s going to be really fun to watch.