Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders, arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
With Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) dropping out of the presidential race today and Pete Buttigieg exiting Sunday – and with both announcing their endorsement of Joe Biden, one thing has become crystal clear:
Operation #StopBernie has been kicked into high gear.
The rationale behind this not-so-secret movement of establishment Democratic movers and shakers and others who don’t cotton to a socialist leading their party (not openly, anyway) is that a Bernie nomination would sink any and all hopes for Democrats to take the White House back from President Trump.
Not only that, but they also see having Sanders at the top of the ticket as very problematic for those House Democrats who flipped seats in 2018 not just in swing districts but in some Trump-friendly districts as well. Having to coalesce around an extreme far left candidate with few accomplishments to show for his decades of time serving in Washington, DC is not exactly their cup of tea, as it turns out.
It is exactly these concerns that Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), fresh off of threatening to beat up Donald Trump, Jr., had on his mind Sunday when he appeared on “America’s News Headquarters” to discuss the near-chaotic state of the Democratic presidential nomination race with Fox News host Eric Shawn:
Garamendi was asked by host Eric Shawn, “Let me stick with Bernie Sanders. If your party nominates him, do you think the Democrats will go down in flames?”
“Yes, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,” Garamendi, a Biden surrogate, responded. “The argument against Bernie has been made very, very effectively by Republicans, not just the president but also by the Republicans that I know here in California that would vote for Biden, but would not under any circumstance vote for Sanders.”
“And so it cuts across and the independents even more so,” said Garamendi. “The second biggest party in California now is the independent, the nonaligned voters out there. And they’re not going to go for Sanders. And so it’s a very serious, serious issue if Sanders is our candidate.”
The Congressman also noted that “it’s a very real risk” that Democrats could lose their House majority with Bernie at the top of the ticket.
As RedState editor-at-large Kira Davis also pointed out in an earlier post, there are other issues plaguing Democrats in the state of California specifically (most notably AB5), which could hurt down-ballot Democrats there as well come election time.
On the flip side of things, Bernie Bros. have all but admitted that they will burn the party down if Democrats try to “steal” the nomination from Bernie (who hasn’t won it – yet). So what we have here is a situation where the party likely will burn down no matter what ends up happening at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Sounds like the chickens are coming home to roost at long last for the Democratic party, and all in an election year where party unity is so important. Awww.