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Lessons to be learned, conclusions to be drawn from Sen. Sanders’ withdrawal

by | Apr 8, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Today’s decision by pro-abortion Sen. Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign for president is generating three streams of stories. These speculations go beyond what many may privately believe: heavy-hitters in the Democrat Party simply said “No” to having a Democratic Socialist at the top of the ticket.

  1. Why now? Why not, say, a month ago?
  2. Where did Sanders’ campaign go wrong?
  3. What is his “legacy”?

1. Who knows? It could be as simple as the obvious: campaigning, for an unspecified period of time, is essentially on hold and Biden has what amounts to an insurmountable lead in delegates. Or Sen. Sanders may have concluded he’s accomplished as much as he could have hoped for. (See #3.)

2. All political reporting is looking in the rearview mirror and forgetting that what they’d previously offered as gospel has proven to be nothing more than dust in the wind. We were told (lectured, even) that Sanders should virtually be proclaimed the nominee, then came South Carolina. Biden’s enormous advantage in the African American community contributed to a crushing defeat for Sanders, and it was downhill in a hurry from there.

BTW, you will read a hundred polls between now and November, nearly all of which will tell us Biden will defeat President Trump. Remember (a) that at least 15% of Sanders’ voters have said they would vote for Trump; (b) Trump’s supporters are both loyal and gung-ho; and (c) Biden is an awful candidate.

Consider this from the March 30 New York Times:

We’ve talked about the recent rise in President Trump’s approval ratings. But over the weekend, a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed another measure of political strength for the president that’s probably worth your attention.

Enthusiasm.

Simply put, Republicans are more excited to vote for Mr. Trump than Democrats are for Joe Biden, their likely nominee.

According to the Post/ABC survey, 55 percent of registered voters who back Mr. Trump say they are very enthusiastic about supporting him, and 32 percent say they are somewhat enthusiastic. Among Mr. Biden’s supporters, just 28 percent say they are very enthusiastic, while 46 percent are somewhat enthusiastic.

Overall, there’s a 12-point enthusiasm gap between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden. Among the most excited voters, it’s an even bigger 27-point gap. [My underlining.]

3. What difference did it make that Sanders competed all the way until April for the nomination? If you love the party’s new extremist direction, then kudos and thanks to Sen. Sanders.

In fact, as Ramesh Ponnuru concluded in a post for National Review Online headlined “What did Sanders achieve?”

Other Democratic presidential candidates certainly thought that Sanders was pulling the party to the left on health care, which is no doubt part of the reason Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren endorsed versions of his plan. Helping to sink their candidacies by tying them to this toxic idea may be Sanders’s real accomplishment.

From our single-issue pro-life perspective, Sanders was part of the umpteen pro-abortionists who ran for the party’s presidential nomination, producing a consensus which is so radically pro-abortion that we will be constantly accused of caricaturing Biden’s position just for stating the out-of-the-mainstream positions he now espouses.

Biden cashed in his minimalist pro-life credentials as soon as “party activists” turned the heat up. He is now “one of them,” as comfortable with abortion up until birth, paid for by the public, as Bernie Sanders…and Hillary Clinton.

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