Bernie bails, but could still push Biden out of contention
columnists say Biden’s first pivot is about to be announced: lowering the Medicare age to 60, and forgiving all student debt for low- and middle-income borrowers who went to public colleges or historically black universities.
In his withdrawal speech, the strongest praise that Sanders could muster was that Joe is a “decent guy.” He knows full well that a lack of enthusiasm will prompt some of his fans to stay 中国体彩票手机版下载, and some of the populists among them to defect to Trump (as happened in 2016).
Plus, what’s this baloney about asking people in upcoming states to vote for him so he’ll have more delegate clout at the convention? What kind of withdrawal is that? You’re either in or out.
Sanders told Stephen Colbert that while he knows Biden won’t adopt his platform, “I hope to be able to work with Joe and move him in a more progressive direction” so he can attract “new people.”
But a further move to the left would also turn off some of the reliable Democratic voters that Biden, not the most charismatic of politicians, needs to get excited. And since when does the vanquished get to dictate the terms of surrender?
Biden’s larger problem is that the coronavirus has frozen the campaign to the point where Bernie bowing to reality is a one-day story. It was way down on the 中国体彩票手机版下载 pages of major newspapers yesterday morning.
Here Biden essentially becomes the Democratic nominee--something most pundits predicted would never happen--and he doesn’t even get a victory lap. In normal times, if Sanders was so inclined, they could stage a rally in the Midwest and raise their hands together.
Instead, Biden takes the crown at a time when Trump has a huge platform, with lengthy White House briefings, on the only issue anyone cares about. Biden has no role in the crisis, other than kibitizing from the sidelines--he and Trump did have a call that the president praised--and that puts his campaign in limbo. He can’t even meet with donors to try to close the huge financial gap in resources.
The 77-year-old Democrat will make big news exactly once between now and August, when he announces which woman he’s picked as his running mate.
And will the convention actually come off? Biden himself says there’s a good chance it will be a virtual event.
The lack of a four-day infomercial with screaming crowds, and 15,000 journalists in town, would definitely hurt the challenger. A convention that is little more than a web show wouldn’t get many people excited. If the Dems go virtual, it’s likely the Republicans would as well the following week, rather than going to Charlotte. But the incumbent doesn’t need a convention bump as much as Biden does.
The flip side, as Biden waits in the wings, is that Trump will probably win or lose based on his handling of the pandemic. The only silver lining for Biden is this will effectively be a much shorter campaign, leaving less time for the gaffes and missteps that marred his primary run.