It appears that forces withing the Democratic Party are at work once again to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Many of Bernie’s loyal followers felt that he was robbed of the nomination in 2016. Despite his enthusiastic following and the 1848 pledged delegates in the 2016 primaries, Hillary Clinton was awarded the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Many of Bernie’s followers feel that the nomination was stolen from him with good reason. First was the discovery of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that suggested Committee chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was biased against Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. Schultz was later replaced by Donna Brazile. but the damage to the DNC’s impartiality had been done. The practice of selecting superdelegates appeared to “rig” the system against Bernie as well. Superdelegates are not elected by voters in a primary or caucus but are automatically seated to the National Convention. These delegates include Democratic members of Congress, governors and distinguished party leaders. Superdelegates are free to support any candidate, but in May 2016 they overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Sanders pointed out on Face the Nation that over 400 superdelegates came on board Clinton’s campaign before anybody else was in the race and eight months before the first vote was cast. As Yogi Berra would say, “It is deja vu all over again,” as the Democratic establishment attempt to rob him of the 2020 nomination. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race today, one day before the Super Tuesday primaries in which some 1400 delegates will be awarded. Not a single additional dollar would need to be invested prior to tomorrow’s results. Why did these two candidates choose to step back now? Was it pressure from the Democratic Establishment that is afraid of a surging Bernie Sanders? Are they hoping to consolidate voter support behind Joe Biden? I can understand Tom Steyer leaving the race; he spent $24 million in South Carolina and did not even reach the 15% threshold for delegates. Disappointing to say the least!
If the moderate wing of the Democrat Party is looking to Joe as their Savior, they have made a huge error in judgement. Joe may have been presidential material in the past (although that is questionable) he is certainly not presidential material now. Biden has strong support in the African-American community but it will take more widespread support than that if he is to be elected president. I have questioned Joe’s competence for some time; he is not qualified to run for the highest office in the land. If the Democrats wish to stop Bernie, they need a better alternative than Joe. Bloomberg may have the money and the administrative qualifications, but he has absolutely no charisma. Bernie connects with his followers much like President Trump. In a head to head match up, Socialism will lose handily. I am certainly not in favor of Socialism, but I do not want to see Sanders get shafted once again. The Dems don’t have a candidate to defeat Trump; their only hope is a coronavirus epidemic that they can blame on the President. The Democrats are pitiful when their chief strategy is hoping for a medical crisis.