About Last Night…

2020 Goat Rodeo

Joe Biden’s 2020 Goat Rodeo

Handsome VP Joe Biden did a clean sweep of the three states who voted and 230 Delegates. Sen. Bernie Sanders won 80. There will probably be some more delegates awarded when the mail-in ballots are counted, but they will not make up the difference.

[I have no idea or insight into Bernie’s plans, though I have read that he’s continuing to run to “keep the movement alive.”]

There are only 5 elections in the next 5 weeks (Wisconsin, Alaska, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) and all of them award a small number of delegates (188 delegates total). Of course, some of these states might decide to DeWine and move their elections, too, so our Failed Political Press is going to have the Dims in Disarray headlines for a while longer.

UPDATE 1: Axios’ morning email thingie (weird formatting and bullets are theirs):

The primaries have illustrated how Democrats don’t believe Bernie Sanders has the ability to defeat President Trump, Axios’ Margaret Talev and Alexi McCammond write.

  • Joe Biden swept the three states that went ahead with primaries amid the coronavirus outbreak — Florida, Illinois and Arizona.

Why it matters: Sanders has continually lost states where a majority of Dem voters supported Medicare for All.

  • And if you can’t win places like Florida and Illinois, what’s the case for the general election?

The bottom line: The coronavirus has been smothering Sanders’ already difficult path to a comeback.

  • The Bernie movement was built on on massive rally crowds and huge canvassing efforts, all of which has come to a grinding halt with social distancing.
  • Sanders’ chance to make his case on TV and social media has been crowded out by the public and media focus on the virus. For example, cable networks broke away from their primary coverage last night to discuss the virus.

UPDATE 2: Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie (Emboldening is theirs):

“Welcome to the zombie coronavirus campaign of 2020”: “It’s the zombie primary now. For all practical purposes, the Democratic nominating contest was over after Joe Biden won Michigan and Washington last week, then stretched his delegate lead by sweeping Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday night. Bernie Sanders has almost no chance of catching him.

“Yet because of the coronavirus, the presidential campaign is suspended in time. Rallies are off. Campaign workers, like many other people, are sheltering in place. On Tuesday, Maryland became the fifth state to postpone its election, and more states are expected to follow. The postponements have left an unexpected opening for Sanders to soldier on, even as his prospects fade. The pandemic, which first sapped the primary of life, is now extending it.”

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5 Responses to About Last Night…

  1. Chris Papalia says:

    The pessimist in me says the angry old man will keep on shouting, all the way to the convention, doing his bit to re-elect Trump. As he will never cease to remind you, Bernie was never a party man.

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  2. sos says:

    Also, too, those goats aren’t going to rodeo themselves.
    Luckily, Marianne “Lunatic” Williamson is throwing her psychic (psychotic ?) weight behind Bernie. Pies and clowns, pies and clowns.

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  3. julesmomcat says:

    If Bernie could/would face reality, he’d drop out now, and unite the party to toss Suckface to the curb.

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  4. donnah says:

    Yes, ideally Bernie would drop out, yet encourage his supporters to turn around and vote for Biden. No sitting out in November, no third party votes, no write ins. Grow the hell up and unite against Trump.

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  5. Dennis Cole says:

    I think Bernie’s doing the right thing, by not endorsing or otherwise joining in the rat-fuckery. or even making it look as if they have his approval. if he DID surrender, then the Yutes will feel abandoned, and that will make the contest so much closer than it needs to be. We need a commanding victory to unseat tRump & Crew, and we’re not gonna get it that way.

    Besides, as well – by staying outside, he can quite likely force at least a portion of his ideas and ideals into the Dims platform, by assuring them he would bring (most of) his followers along if they do so. Whether he can produce or not, and whether they’ll believe or trust him will have to be seen, but I think he wields more power this way. it’s gonna be a “Hold em” type Poker game, with EVERYTHING at stake. Let’s see who can bluff the best and hold out the longest.

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