Bernie refuses to surrender

  • 1 April 2020
  • NormanL

Just in case we all forgot, there's still a contest for the Democratic presidential nomination underway between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. While the conventional wisdom believes Biden is a lock for the nomination, Sanders refuses to give up. And that has Demcorats reliving their 2016 presidential campaign nightmares all over again:

[Sanders] recently said he wants to debate Biden in April. His team announced it is expanding digital organizing efforts ahead of the New York primary, which on Saturday was moved from April 28 to June 23. And Sanders has signaled a strong desire to use his campaign megaphone to advocate for liberal policies like Medicare-for-all — which allies said are more crucial than ever because of the public health crisis.

Some people close to Sanders voiced confidence that the senator would stay in the race until the July convention, though they said they had received no final word on his plans. Others close to the senator have sounded less certain of that, noting only that he continues to be a candidate at the moment.

One of the people close to Sanders — who, like the others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect internal deliberations — said Biden would have to make significant policy and personal overtures to Sanders to potentially persuade the senator to leave the race, and to win the trust of his followers.

While Sanders and his supporters -- and certainly his staff -- believe there's still a fight to be had, the hard fact is the race is pretty much over, the rest of the field has dropped out, and Bernie lost (again).

We'd urge them to move on, but we also know such appeals mean nothing to self-described revolutionaries.