Bernie Sanders Drops Out of Presidential Race

Sen. Bernie Sanders

UPDATE: From The Washington Post:

Sanders’s decision closes one of the most remarkable chapters in modern political history. His advocacy for sweeping liberal ideas, such as Medicare-for-all and tuition-free public college, shifted the national debate over the role of government.

His unexpected success in the first three primary contests made him the best-performing socialist contender in U.S. history, as well the strongest Jewish presidential candidate. At 78, Sanders was also the oldest candidate to go so far in the process.

But his campaign’s failure to capture the support of a majority of Democrats, on sharp display once the field narrowed to Sanders and Biden, underlined the limits of his left-leaning politics. A loss in the Michigan primary was especially damaging, undercutting Sanders’s message that he could expand the Democratic electorate by winning industrial areas.

Sanders also was unable to win widespread support in the African American community, a fatal problem in a party where black voters play a critical role.

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As CNN reports, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced today in a call with his staff that he is formally ending his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

Sanders had fallen behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the delegate race just before the coronavirus outbreak upended, well, everything. For those of you keeping track at home, this means the General Election matchup will be between Biden and President Trump.

We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available.

 

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  1. itlduso says:

    Good move, Bernie.  You lost fair and square.

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Here's hoping he does better with his pledge of support than Bloomberg did on his pledge to maintain his organization for the eventual nominee.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Paving the way for the certain victory of Rocky de la Fuente.

  4. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Good for bernie.  An honorable man did the honorable thing.  Now, put Whitmer or Klobuchar on the ticket with Biden and win this thing.  Warren would also serve well but she's too old to carry the banner in 2028.

    Somewhere, amid the stink and squalor of his mind, Trump is trembling when he realizes Lincoln was right that you can't fool all the people all the time.

    • itlduso says:

      I think Kamala Harris would be a good choice to excite black and women voters.

      And, I’m fearful that the way to disprove Lincoln is to not let the people vote. Wisconsin was a disaster yesterday. Dems have to insist on nationwide vote by mail assistance.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        I'm all in for Harris as VP.  It would be an affirmation of diversity and unity on the same ticket.  Go Joe.  We trust you'll make a good choice.

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          ^^this^^

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          Kamala is great and I’d be happy with her.

          . But klobuchar and whitmer appeal more in the midwest battlegrounds. But if he names an old white guy, I’ll write in Elizab eth Cady Stanton!

          • ParkHill says:

            What evidence do you have for Klobuchar and Whitmer helping Biden in the Midwest? 

            What demographics do you think are in play? 

            I don't buy the regional argument. I don't think the FOX news, elderly-rural and non-college-White-male demographics are going to be persuaded by Klobuchar or Whitmer. I do believe we want turnout to skyrocket in the Suburbs full of educated and younger voters.

            At least, that is what Rachel Bitecofer suggests.

            • MADCO says:

              MUS.

              ABT, which means Biden! campaign now, needs calm, youthful credibility that plays in PA, WI and AZ.

              I'm excited about Florida, Georgia and other places. But choosing a VP for some wacked out, pointless identity politics check box is … not interesting to me.

              Tammy Baldwin helps in WI – she won statewide there.
              How about the last female governor of PA ?
              oh..

              Don't overreach-

              calm, youthful, credible

              • ParkHill says:

                It's ALL identity politics. It is not policy politics.

                Trump won over Hillary because his campaign understood that all politics is identity, i.e. who you identify with. Clinton and the Democrats have been pretending that policy and ideas win elections.

                Pundits and the mainstream press don't realize this, and are forever mystified about Trump's coalition of identity groups.

                Bitecofer is the one to read, not the New York Times. 

            • VoyageurVoyageur says:

              Now, why would I think adding the governor of michigan to the ticket would help in the midwest?  

              Ohh, think about it, Parkie.  Rosa Luxemburg is still dead, you know!

              And isn’t bitecover a misspelling of cofefe?

          • ParkHill says:

            Magical Underwear Gnomes theory of politics.

            Klobuchar/Whitmer
            something, something, something
            Biden wins the Midwest.

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          It would probably be called political naiveté but hell, it’s a new political world.  Let’s not only get him to name his VP forthwith, but let’s name a Cabinet.  I can’t image a better way to fire up the base then to let us know who will be watching over our military, American agriculture, HHS, Treasury, SOS, Education, etc.  Each and every one will be a contrast to the circus acts we have now.  

          You can look at Biden’s #TeamofRivals and find a slot for damn near every one of those who shared the primary stage with him.  Amy for VP (not my pick)? Then Kamala at AG (vice versa works too).  Amy was also the only primary candidate to sit on a Congressional Ag Committee.  Yang at Commerce.  Bennet at Education.  Mark Udall at Interior.  Mayor Pete at DOD or SOS.  Inslee at Energy.  Castro at Labor. Steyer at Transportation.  Bring Sebilius back for HHS.   Still leaves HUD, Labor, VA.   I’ll let Dio pick Marianne Williamson’s job.  Not very well balanced male/female but you get the picture.  Every one of them gets to be a surrogate and show the contrast to the sitting occupant of that department.  Wouldn’t you savor the thought of Lizzie taking on Mnuchin in a one-on-one? Kamala or Amy v. Bill Barr? 

          Campaign motto: “We’re with you” ( I thought Hillary’s slogan should have been “She’s With Us”, not “I’m With Her”

    • ParkHill says:

      I’m not sure that Whitmer or Klobuchar really draw much of an audience. 

      This is an anti Trump as well as a base turnout election. Biden needs to solidify his credentials with three demographics that make up the Democratic Party base:
      (1) Women
      (2) The left 1/3 of the Party.
      (3) Youth

      Also, Biden is seen as a kindly elder statesman, but he doesn’t really rock anybody’s socks in the realm of competence and policy wonkery. 

      Given those considerations, the best woman for the job would be one of Harris, Adams or Warren. And, the best of those would be Warren and her plans for everything.

      • ParkHill says:

        Obama dropped a big wet kiss on Warren, yesterday.

        Chuck Schumer appointed Bharat Ramamurti, architect of many of Warren's Plans, to be on the oversight committee for the Coronavirus disaster program.

        Sen. Chuck Schumer made a critical appointment Monday, naming Bharat Ramamurti to the Congressional Oversight Commission. This commission is one of the layers of oversight Democrats built into the $2 trillion stimulus package, otherwise known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Ramamurti is a longtime aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and, Schumer says, "a ferocious advocate for consumers who will fight for transparency and hold bad actors accountable."

        Ramamurti has been working with Warren since 2013, when he joined her staff to work on banking and economic policy—specifically the implementation of Dodd-Frank, the Wall Street reform law. So the guy who helped oversee the government, the Federal Reserve, and the Wall Street response to the Great Recession is now going to be doing the same thing in this economic upheaval, and that's a good thing. He's going to be there, carrying on Warren's laser focus on the American consumer.

        • Gilpin Guy says:

          Biden/Warren is too East Coast concentrated.  A Republican governor would appoint her replacement and at 70 she isn't a future rising star.

          • ParkHill says:

            Massachusetts would have a special election, so Republican hopes would be short-term.

            You could ask what VP candidates would help win the swing states of AZ, MI, PA, GA, WI, TX and FL. But, I'm not thinking of demographics in the regional sense, rather suburbs and college graduates. Warren has tremendous support from educated women in the suburbs, and she also speaks to the intense left wing of the Democratic Party.

            Are you suggesting a triangulation strategy against the left? What group do you hope to win if turnout on the left is depressed?

            Contra to that, I believe this is a base turn-out election in which hatred of Trump will be critical.

            • Gilpin Guy says:

              We saw how those special elections turned out to replace Ted Kennedy.  It's a big risk.

              As far as turn out goes, a pick like Harris would be a big motivator within the party base.  Biden rather than the VP will be the biggest draw for moderate republicans or independents.  The VP needs to appeal to younger and disenfranchised voters.  Help with GOTV of reluctant voters.  Two old folks going against two old folks would be a mistake.

              • ParkHill says:

                Explain Harris's appeal to the base, please.

                What demographics does she turnout?

                • itlduso says:

                  Blacks and women, aka, "the base".

                  • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                    Don't you mean "part of the base"?

                  • MADCO says:

                    I get that in 'merica she is black.

                    But in the United States, her mom was from India and her father was from Jamaica.

                    Which makes her American. Yep – her skin is dark. But just like Ted Cruz's father is from Cuba doesn't make the Senator Cuban (he's Canadian), Senator Harris is not from Jamaica.

                    I don't know about her grandparents.

                    She would excite the D women who believe in identity politics, which I could not care less about.

                    Is she going to fill a Biden ticket gaps: he's an old nutjob with ghosts aplenty and he continues to be a gaffe machine.

                    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                      It isn't difficult.

                      Biden needs the progressive movement that still identifies with the Democratic party.

                      now it is difficult.

                      who can do that?

                • MADCO says:

                  She's a D and she has a pulse.

                  Her performance in the primary suggests she is not first for many besides me.*

                  I attended two rallies – one in Denver, one out of state. Good crowds – but no D juice.

                  Joe likes her  – so what?
                  Does Sherrod Brown?
                  Will Governor Whitmer? Will Mark Kelly?

                   

                  I love her – as a AG, as a Senator, as an American.
                  If she was the nominee (or the queen had th eother things, or the Cubs were always contenders, or or or)
                  should would be rocking excited Ds.

        • kwtreekwtree says:

          It could be that Schumer just wants the most effective person? Especially since $rump fired Glenn Fine, the acting AG. Not sure how Obama really comes into this, though we apparently saw the same Kos article.

          Although I’d like to see Warren as Veep nominee, I think her political differences with Biden are too pronounced. I think that Harris would be his best choice, for many reasons.

          • ParkHill says:

            Warren's biggest shortcoming is the opposition of the Wall Street and big finance funding machine. 

            Her biggest advantage is that she comes in with the plans and the knowledge of how to implement the plans. That assumes that Biden wants a working VP, rather than a figurehead.

            Trump of course chose a figurehead to deliver a specific identity group. Since they are in his pocket, he'll drop Pence, and chose Meadows.

            I think Harris is qualified and smart. She didn't really swing the suburban and youth vote her way during the primary; would she do that in the election? That's why I keep returning to Warren.

            The big demographic I'm leaving out is the hispanic one, which voted pretty strongly for Bernie. Maybe that's for 2024 or 2028 because that's when Texas really comes into play.

      • ParkHill says:

        Plus, I'd like to see Pence squirm in a debate with Warren. Does his religion permit men to debate women? Or, even to be on the same stage?

        However, Pence won't be Trump's VP. He meets the sycophant requirement, but he doesn't meet the reality star or raving lunatic requirement.

      • MADCO says:

        Age is a factor.
        Not just because of the male-female double standard in America – but Biden is seen as ancient

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        "three demographics that make up the Democratic Party base……women, the left 1/3 of the party, youth…..

        You mean all those youth who turned out in massive droves to vote for Bernie and help him to secure the nomination? Those youth?

        • ParkHill says:

          Youth does not always turn out to vote, but nevertheless, it is a huge, important demographic with specific interests. 

          Consider that youth includes Gen X, Y and Z, some of whom are now making babies in the suburbs, while others are buried under college debt due to low wage jobs. Hard as it is to believe, Gen Xers are in their 40-50 year decade, therefore they are moving into their voting years.

          Yes, Bernie made a big effort to appeal to youth, and indeed got a lot of his support there. But I agree with you that they did not necessarily turn out to vote for him.

          I think the common attitude has been "Both parties are the same, so why should I even vote". Hatred of Trump may be a bigger motivator, or at least the motivator that should be explained in personal "identity-politics" terms to get younger people out to vote.

          • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

            The generations you are discussing do not think much more of the Democrats than they do the Republicans. If Biden wants to lose that demographic, all he has to do is pick a veep who is, like him, a corporate comfort keeper.

            • Conserv. Head Banger says:

              Speculation is nice, but there really is just one goal. Who on the ticket with Biden will help the most in keeping MN and NH on the D side; and return PA, MI, and maybe WI back to being D? 

              WI will be tough due to Republican gerrymandering there. So, maybe flipping AZ as a replacement for WI….. For me, that best person is Klobuchar. Doesn't matter if she is a "corporate comfort keeper."

              Like Al Davis used to say during the Raiders' hey-day: "just win, baby." 

              • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                You can’t gerrymander an entire state, so Wi is still in play.  You may have meant to say voter suppression, which is a problem in WI. But I still think Whitmer would be the most useful in Michigan.  

              • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                 Doesn’t matter if she is a “corporate comfort keeper.”

                Wrong. Little else matters. Klobuchar is NOT progressive in any way and you WILL NOT win over the “progressive 1/3” of the party, nor the “Bernie Bots” with two “corporate comfort keepers” at the top of the ticket.

                Oh…BTW….Al Davis was a revolving asshole. 

                • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                  Al Davis may have been an asshole but he was our asshole.  He was commissioner of the upstart American Football League when the NFL tried to quash it by letting a few strong teams join.  That strategy had destroyed the earlier All American Conference by letting just a few members, like the Cleveland Browns, join the NFL.

                  The Denver Broncos were the weakest team financially in the AFL and would never have survived a partial merger.  Al stood by us, arguing "all or nothing".

                  The rest is history, including eight super bowl appearances by the Broncos.  So, yeah, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Al Davis.

            • Gilpin Guy says:

              Corporate Comfort Keeper?  I bet folks stay up nights worrying about being "corporate comfort keepers".  Did you invent that epithet?  It is so catchy.  "God No.  I'm not a Corporate Comfort Keeper.  I'm a Corporate Pain Inflicting Keeper.  I really put it 'em because I'm a bad ass."

              Being radical doesn't have to be accompanied by being dumb.  The generations you are discussing aren't as monolithic as you portray them to be.  Less stereotyping please to cover up your disappointment in losing the hearts and minds of moderates.

              • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                Yes. I did, as far as I know, invent that epithet. And I intend to keep using it. And believe me here, GG, I don't give a flying fuck what you or any of your Corporate Comfort Keeper brethren think or say. My reaction to your disdain could in no way be characterized as disappointment.

                Even as I type, giant corporations, who bought back stock with the enormous tax bailout they got, are crying for gimmees from the Feds. 

                Corporations are not people. Speech is not money. 

                Being moderate doesn't have to be accompanied by being willfully blind.

                 

                • Gilpin Guy says:

                  Being a radical extremist doesn’t mean being a dick either.  Economic fairness, climate action and helping the most vulnerable in our society are common goals.  Try to remember that.  I’m not your enemy.

                  • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                    I know you are not the enemy. You and I have been blabbering together here for a long time. I know whose side you are on 😎

                    But I disagree with the notion that there is any further reason to be nice when it comes to dealing with Big Money and the government it owns. There is no greater threat to our freedom and safety than the corporate imperative.

                    Conservatives are beyond hope. Their entire political premise is built on a lie. To the extent that moderates don't/won't see the truth…I will be there. No more Mr. Nice Guy sez, I.

                    The conservative POV is morally, ethically, and functionally bankrupt. Capitalism had its sway for the last 40 years. Trickle down, supply side, Laffer Curve….bullshit nonsense…the lot of it. If Capitalism is to survive in this nation…it needs to go take a hard look in the mirror.

                     

    • MADCO says:

      28?

      Surely you mean 24.

  5. kwtreekwtree says:

    From Bernie Sanders: 

    The fight for justice is what our campaign has been about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about.

    Sanders Campaign funds and mailing lists will go to support public health groups.
     

    From Elizabeth Warren:

    Warren on Wednesday tweeted in praise of Sanders and the impact of his two presidential campaigns.

    "Your fight for progressive ideas moved the conversation and charted a path for candidates and activists that will change the course of our country and party," she wrote.

    Ans from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    "Thank you Bernie – for doing your best to fight for all of us, from the beginning, for your entire life," she wrote. "Thank you for fighting hard, lonely fights in true devotion to a people's movement in the United States. Thank you for your leadership, mentorship, and example. We love you."

  6. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    From the quiet man, Colorado’s Senior Senator:

    Bennet announced that he was endorsing the former vice president hours after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped out of the race.

    Bennet suspended his own presidential bid in February after failing to break through the crowded Democratic primary field.

    “Americans are asking two questions in this election: Who can beat Donald Trump, and who can get anything done? That candidate is former Vice President Joe Biden, and I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States,” Bennet said in a statement.

    I’m sure some will read something into the fact that the WaPo article I’m pulling from also mentioned endorsements from Anthony Scaramucci, … and the Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans led by George Conway.

  7. itlduso says:

    The stock market went up about 3% today reportedly partly because Bernie dropped out.  Everyone with a brain knew that Bernie was toast after Super Tuesday.  Why does anyone pay investment fees to these investment "advisors"?

    • MADCO says:

      Why does anyone pay attention to the market media?
       

      The 'market' was up 3% because: 

      – there was a good soy bean crop forecast.
      – Amazon announced they're dropping out of the shipping competition
      – Sanofi revised their outlook.
      – Gilead revised their outlook.
      – Sheldon Adelson called Mnuchin and asked him to prett please bump the 'market' today
      – etc
      – etc

      Benjamin Graham called it a 'random walk' (yeah, yeah – Malkiel and others too)
      Buffet (and others) made fortunes proving him right.

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