Despite a heart attack and a tragic family loss, Bernie Sanders has clearly not given up his campaign, based on his performance at last night’s Democratic
three-ring-circus debate. His one muttered remark about his health was exactly what we expected from the communist curmudgeon: “I’m fine.”
Bernie’s best shot at the nomination would, of course, have been 2016, except that She Persists had rigged the process to exclude him. Though as much as he’s been sidelined by the media in favor of the latest versions of She and Beta-Males, Bernie is still doing quite fine.
- He has the highest cash on hand of any of the Democrats (aside from billionaire Tom Steyer), bringing in over $3 million more than Elizabeth Warren, and nearly double what flagging Joe Biden snagged in the July-September quarter.
- He has earned AOC’s endorsement, which he will formally accept this weekend at a rally in Queens, NY.
- His debate performance was described as “energetic” by POLITICO.
Toward the end of the debate, Sanders took a shot at Joe Biden, whom some of his aides and fans have wanted him to attack more forcefully. When Biden said that he was the only candidate who “has gotten anything really big done,” Sanders delivered this rejoinder: “But you know what you also got done — and I say this as a good friend — you got the disastrous war in Iraq done. You got a bankruptcy bill, which is hurting middle class families all over this country. You got trade agreements like NAFTA and [permanent normal trade relations] with China done, which have cost us 4 million jobs.”
Biden, by contrast, looked a bit pale.
Of course, there’s the matter of polls: Warren and Biden are jockeying for first, with Sanders pulling a solid third in nearly every poll. Third place is not such a bad position to be in, especially if the first two positions are taken by an inveterate liar and a doddering Cheshire Cat.
Would Bernie be useful to run against President Trump head to head? Well, it would be entertaining, for sure. In that race, it would be very clear who has a vision of America versus Amerika, so Democrats might recoil at having an out-and-out communist running (though that’s where they are going, look at AOC). It’s too early to make any useful predictions. But based on last night, it’s way too soon to count Bernie out.
Old socialists die very hard.