Bernie's Campaign Manager, Top Strategist, Think It's Time to Go

Latest reporting from WaPo: Some top Sanders advisers urge him to consider withdrawing “Top Sanders advisers” includes his own campaign manager and his strategist: A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from…

Prediction: Bernie is Going to Drop Out

This is my third diary on this topic. Each time I said I expected Bernie to stick it out through the debate and the March 17th primaries, and then he would leave the race. There were two reasons: First, he wanted to push Biden more to the left, and second, he wanted to show his…

Some of us are praying for Kumbaya from tonight's debate

Twitter is full of many demands to cancel one or another Democrat when the real enemy will be culpable for mass contagion deaths on the road to fascism.  Good Morning Patriots..Preview of the Bernie/Biden debate tonight..Enjoy.pic.twitter.com/gA6gIdSsoB — Vincent Kennedy (@VincentCrypt46) March 15, 2020 Bernie's movement will live on, he has always made it about US and…

Bernie Is Preparing to Drop Out

Yesterday I posted this diary, Prediction: Bernie Drops Out After Next Tuesday, in which I argued that Bernie was going to stay in long enough to have his one-on-one debate with Biden, and to have one more primary vote, and after that he would suspend his campaign. Now WaPo’s The Fix is saying the same…

Monday, there's a Sanders town hall on Fox News

There is a hypothesis that an appearance on Fox News could “convert” some of its audience — but is that demographic too far gone. x Just announced: Fox News “will host its second town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday, March 9th in Detroit, Michigan.”— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 6, 2020 x…

post-Warren, 15 March looms for Biden-Sanders debate

The Ides of March will feature the debate among “safe” candidates (and Tulsi?). Knives will be sharpened. The rest of us will grieve and persist. CNN and Univision will host a Democratic presidential debate in Phoenix on March 15, two days before the Arizona primary as well as votes in Florida, Illinois and Ohio. deadline.com/… x 'Give Us an…

super-Tuesday moves clarity forward as Biden now leads in delegates

Weird night as Jill Biden tackled a protester on stage in California and voters waited over 5 hours to vote in Texas. Had Trump not gotten caught shaking down Ukraine, he might have won the 2020 election like 2016. Because of the GOP’s Biden(s) vitriol, the Arms for Dirt scandal and its subsequent impeachment may have actually helped build the…

The Nation endorses Sanders

The Nation endorses Sanders, if only because of the coalescing of so-called moderates around Joe Biden. #BlueNoMatterWho not because Ivanka Trump has finally registered as a Republican, but if only because Sanders broke up Public Enemy. GOTV if only because some MSM (still) believe that “liberals pinned their hopes on (Ivanka) as a bridge within the…

A Sanders-Warren Ticket

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire has an interesting piece up this morning (paywall): Bernie’s Most Likely Running Mate should be Elizabeth Warren. The argument goes basically like this: Bernie will probably arrive at the convention with a plurality of delegates, but not a majority. Warren has made it clear she intends to continue to compete right…

coat tails – can Sanders calm 'down-ballot jitters' in 2020

Republicans up and down the ballot are already casting their Democratic rivals as socialist puppets who would remake the economy in Sanders’ collectivist vision. The play is straightforward: President Donald Trump has repelled college-educated suburban voters since he took office; Republicans want to win them back by arguing the alternative is worse. What is the…

I Want Warren – But I May Vote For Bernie [Update w/ Thanks]

Submitted for your thoughts… I’ve been a Warren supporter for a while now. (I also donated to Amy after NH.) She has smarts, she is feisty, she impresses the hell out of me on several levels. And while I’m not as progressive as she is, she presents her plans in ways that make sense. Plus,…

It's a Friedman Unit Election: Bloomberg has the 'Right Stuff'

Not having listened to a random taxi driver, Thomas Friedman comes out for the anti-Bernie ‘radical middle’, because money talks at least for six months. As Larry Diamond, editor of The Journal of Democracy, pointed out to me, several studies he’s been publishing show that the best way to defeat illiberal populism is not by trying to…

Corporate Media forced to cover the constant Bernie Sanders rise

They tried to beat Bernie Sanders by ignoring him. They found out that it was impossible to beat a real message especially one that is existential. Bernie Sanders on the rise What most in the corporate media fail to understand is that it is less about Bernie Sanders and more about the policies Americans must…

Politico wedgies the left: “don't tase us, bro'”

The usual overgeneralizations apply as Politico tries to separate liberals from whatever adherents to the left of that position are calling themselves. They’ve chosen Jacobin as this week’s strawman to separate Sanders Democrats from Warren Democrats. As the 2020 campaign has unfolded, Warren has, if anything, tacked toward Bernie, embracing “Medicare for All” and free college,…