Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Wants Democratic Socialism to Remain Relevant, So He Won't Quit

There won't be a "Bernie Sanders 2020" campaign and he has no political heirs, so he's staying in until the convention.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) doesn't care what the Associated Press and NBC News have to say about Hillary Clinton securing enough pledged delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, he says he's not dropping out until the Democratic National Convention in July. 

Last night, NBC News reported that Clinton's "new tally includes pledges from over a dozen new superdelegates as well as her accumulation of 36 pledged delegates in Sunday's Puerto Rico primary." Sanders' spokesman called this a "rush to judgment" and said in a statement, "Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then."

This is factually true, and the fact that the AP and NBC News chose to call the entire primary race for Clinton the night before six states (including California, with its 475 delegates at stake) plays into the Sanders camp's narrative that "the game is rigged." But what Sanders and his supporters refuse to accept is that Sanders has always had a superdelegate problem, which would only be surmounted by Sanders winning convincingly among pledged delegates, which he has failed to do. Clinton holds a lead of about 300 pledged delegates (at last count) and has amassed over three million more votes.

It's simply not a close enough race for the Democratic Party bigwigs who become superdelegates to abandon their pledged loyalty to the former First Lady, senator from New York, and secretary of state, who has spent more than two-and-a-half decades cultivating such support. Sanders, on the other hand, has always been a defiant outsider, and though he's caucused with Democrats in Congress, he always refused to join them until he decided to run for president last year.

Unlike the Republican's runner-up, 45-year-old Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), who exited the race last month and immediately began planting the seeds for a 2020 run for the White House, Sanders is 74 and there is virtually no chance he will run for president in four years. And while Cruz might be an outsider despised by his Republican colleagues, he is at least somewhat apart of a political movement (the Tea Party) which includes fellow members of Congress. To date, there are no other self-described "democratic socialists" in Congress whom Sanders can claim as the heirs to his movement. If Sanders' intent is to make the Democrats more "socialist," he has nothing to gain by dropping out before every vote — including the superdelegates' — is cast. 

Clinton supporters have been calling for Sanders to either drop out or "tone down" his criticism of the frontrunner since as early as April. Yet last month, an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll indicated a majority of likely Democratic voters thought Sanders should remain in the race until the convention. Also, staying in the race has given Sanders the leverage to put five of his picks on the fifteen-member panel writing the Democratic Party platform. And though it remains unlikely, it is not insignificant that the FBI is investigating the "presumptive" nominee, an extraordinarily rare liability for a candidate who is already widely distrusted and disliked by the voting public heading into the general election. If there's a "July surprise," a still-competing candidate Sanders would be the beneficiary of it. 

As recently as this weekend, Sanders insisted he would continue his campaign until the convention even if Clinton sweeps today's primaries. He also opened up a new line of attack on Clinton in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. As reported by the New York Times:

"If you ask me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships?" Mr. Sanders said.

"You don't have a lot of civil liberties or democratic rights in Saudi Arabia," he told the interviewer, Jake Tapper. "You don't have a lot of respect there for opposition points of view for gay rights, for women's rights. Yes, do I have a problem with that? Yes, I do."

These are fair criticisms, though it takes some nerve coming from a guy who has championed a number of dictatorships who share his socialist principles. Sanders even fawned over the "religious affection" he claims to have seen in the eyes of the impoverished and imprisoned Cuban people for their dictator, Fidel Castro, who put gays in labor camps.  

Still, if he's going to go after Clinton over the questionable relationships of her family's charity organization, it remains puzzling why Sanders continues to avoid hitting the former secretary of state on her "damn emails."

Perhaps he feels that's doing Donald Trump's dirty work for him, and he'd prefer to be a constant irritating reminder to Clinton and the mainstream Democrats that they need his energized supporters to win in November, and perhaps for years to come. Conversely, Sanders doesn't need "the center" at all because his political career will have peaked by the convention in July, at the latest. 

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  1. Bernie Sanders Wants Democratic Socialism to Remain Relevant, So He Won’t Quit

    He’s gonna ride that retarded donkey all the way to the bitter end.

    1. Just like the second-place finisher in the local bowling tournament will do with Winston’s mom.

      1. So you’re saying she finally raised her standards?

        1. Not even Winston’s mom thinks highly of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter,” but hey, the woman has needs.

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    3. If he worked this hard in that commune maybe he wouldn’t have been kicked out, hell, if he worked at all in the commune….

  2. I just want bernie to keep fucking with hillary all the way through the convention.

  3. Don’t rule out Bernie getting drafted for a 2020 run. Right now there’s a junior high class that wants their first time to be special.

  4. He has no political heirs

    No one has Bernie’s charisma.

    1. Bernie’s charisma is Stalin’s charisma.

      1. Maybe more like Trotsky? From what I know of the period, Uncle Joe didn’t put off the benign all grandpy routine and rose to the top because he was openly without scruple.

        1. Sanders at least projects the image that he is harmless anyway…

  5. I’ve enjoyed the blatant hypocrisy from Sanders as the campaign has gone on and his chances of winning have gotten lower and lower. At the beginning, he was blasting superdelegates for being an undemocratic tool of the establishment used to overturn the popular will, and now he’s been begging them to overturn the popular vote and instead hand him the nomination. Also, he’s blasted closed primaries for being undemocratic and unfairly benefiting Clinton, while defending caucuses (which benefit him), which are much less democratic. It’s been fun watching the left eat their own and to see the populist, socialist hypocrisy become so evident.

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  7. Could it be that Sanders is being influenced by his heritage?

    If the argument, when it comes from El Trumpo, is accepted with no question, why not the one above?

    1. Do you mean the, “too lazy to be hippie,” heritage?

      1. A lazy jew. Who woulda thought?

  8. More likely Bernie Sanders is staying in the race because he wants Bernie Sanders to remain relevant.

    1. Winner, winner, chicken,… Sanders? Ha!

    2. He just keeps forgetting he lost.

  9. I just hope that Hillary pisses Bernie off enough that he runs as a third party. The Dem tears would be legendary.

    1. And hand Trump the presidency?

      1. What’s the difference, they are just two sides of the same totalitarian coin.

        1. Except that issues that libertarians care about (gun-rights etc) will get tarred with the Drumpf brush and be lost forever. Give me Hillary and an “obstructionist” Congress over that shit any day.

  10. Bernie is sticking around because he knows that if Hillary gets indicted the Democrat party will try anoint someone other than him as representative. By sticking around he can make the very good claim that he’s second place and deserves the nomination before whatever person who failed to run. Plus, sticking around will give him the opportunity to get enough influence to kick the Clinton cronies out of their positions of power. He’s a true believer, no way in hell is happy about how the Clinton’s abuse his party.

    1. But…it’s not his party. He’s always been an independent.

    2. The powers that be will put biden in, that’s what he’s waiting for.

  11. Don’t worry, Bernie: Democrats will continue attempting to leverage envy into votes for the foreseeable future, whether they call it “Democratic Socialism” or not.

    1. More like democratic fascism.

      1. But but but ROADzzzZ!1!1!

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  13. RE: Bernie Sanders Wants Democratic Socialism to Remain Relevant, So He Won’t Quit
    There won’t be a “Bernie Sanders 2020” campaign and he has no political heirs, so he’s staying in until the convention.

    Of course there will be socialists in 2020.
    They’re called republicans and democrats.
    The worst things in life never change.

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  15. Sanders has another thing going for him – he has a double digit lead over Trump in the polls.

    This is an election year of aggrieved voters lashing out. There’s violence anywhere Trump is, and Bernie fans have made a few scenes themselves. By overstaying in the race Bernie will bait insults and accusations of racism from the progressive ranks, which will anger his supporters and keep them motivated for a possible third party run.

    Bernie has to be aware of Gary Johnson’s ascension. There are lots of people willing to sit out or vote for a nontraditional candidate. Bernie doesn’t want someone to take all of that pie. That’s what socialism is about, after all.

    1. He’s double digits because not one over 28 thinks he will win the dem primary. Billary won’t attack him, she needs his groupies, those that will actually get off their asses and vote that is.

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  17. he was tired of her email problems and FINALLY gets around to the corruption of the foundation, may bring up Billbo baggin speech fees from CF and state dept/USAid grants benefiting CF joint venture schools that paid Bill $15mil.
    the stonewall, obfuscate, deny, be disingenuous and have your ass sucking minions be very nuanced and selective by denying anything happened and answ?ring an unasked quest?on with a supportive MSM works. theyve been getting away with it for 40 years. guess that is why their operatives consider the american people stupid…they must despise the ignorance of the peons that vote for them.

  18. Bernie is pretty good insurance against religious fanatics having another mystical “lone” gunman like Sirhan Sirhan or Mark David Chapman try to improve the odds for God’s Own Prohibitionists. The smart money is laying 3 to 1 the pro-choice party wins, 2 to 1 the pro-life-after-death mystics lose, and 33 to 1 nobody like the LP or CPUSA-backing-Bernie grabs the brass wing. Fortunately the LP needs only 2% of the popular vote to repeal the personal income tax amendment four elections from now. German socialists exported it to These States it in 65 years with a smaller vote fraction.

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  20. Another brain dead article.
    If Bernie just wanted Democratic Socialism to remain relevant, then he would simply endorse Hillary or Trump.

  21. RE: Bernie Sanders Wants Democratic Socialism to Remain Relevant, So He Won’t Quit

    1. Comrade Sanders won’t quit because his huge ego demands he stays in the race.

    2. Someone should break it to Comrade Sanders that “democratic socialism” is an oxymoron.

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