Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bernie Sanders – Chugging Along

Tampa Bay, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.

With South Carolina behind him and the anticipated Biden victory in the primary, Sanders can now look forward to Super Tuesday and the rest of the nominating campaign.
While the Biden margin of victory was a bit larger than expected, the heavily skewed demographics of South Carolina mitigate its impact.
The real question for Bernie is who is his biggest threat? You might think its Biden or maybe even Bloomberg, but I think Bernie’s biggest threat to winning the nomination is the Democratic National Committee and the party power structure.
For some insight check out:
Quoting from the New York Times article “Dozens of interviews with Democratic establishment leaders this week show that they are not just worried about Mr. Sanders’s candidacy, but are also willing to risk intra party damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance.”
While Sanders has repeatedly said he will support the nominee of the Party, I have yet to hear a reporter or pundit ask him and have Bernie answer if he will support the nominee of the DNC if the nomination is denied him by party shenanigans.
It takes 1,991 delegates to win the nomination and on the first ballot all pledged, delegates are required to vote for the candidate they represent. If Sanders does not get the 1,991 votes on the first ballot, all delegates are allowed to vote for whoever they want on the second and all following ballots.
The outward concern is the down ticket impact of a Sanders candidacy, whether he defeats Trump or not.
There has been no indication to this point that the Sanders camp is making any preparations for Bernie’s name to be on the state presidential ballots as an independent and time is running out.
For now, Bernie is chugging along, but watch for the intensity of this political campaign to ramp way up following Super Tuesday.
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