Following the suspension of presidential nominee campaigns by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar - both immediately endorsing former VP Joe Biden as the nominee - we saw a handful of other prominent Dems endorse Sleepy Joe ahead of tomorrow's Super Tuesday delegate battle against Bernie.
President Trump warned yesterday that this was imminent: "This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play" and today he doubled-down, tweeting that " They are staging a coup against Bernie!"
Bernie appears to agree. In an interview with ABC News, Sen Sanders claims:
"They are really getting nervous that working people are standing up... there is a massive effort trying to stop" him as moderate candidates drop out of the 2020 race.
Certainly the sudden surge in Biden's odds in the prediction markets - to his highest ever - suggests that the fix is in...
As we detailed previously, to the DNC, IC, and MSM, it doesn’t matter if these accusations of Russian interference are believed. What matters is shifting the narrative and thereby weakening the credibility of candidates like Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders.
Anyone who criticizes or threatens the power and privileges of the military-industrial complex, the IC, and the MSM must be attacked and defeated. There are literally trillions of dollars at stake here. This is why other candidates issue no criticisms of these powerful entities. Can you recall Mayor Pete, or Joe Biden, or Amy Klobuchar, or even Elizabeth Warren saying anything truly critical about the MIC, the IC, and MSM? For the acronym-wary, that’s the military-industrial complex, the intelligence community, and the mainstream media.
Again, judge the candidates by the enemies they make. The more the powerful smear Tulsi and Bernie, the more you know they are the candidates with principles and integrity.
As we detailed previously, Sanders has the charisma and the big pleasant sounding simple solutions that the common man will buy into. If the Democrats again somehow try to sabotage Bernie, then they will be the ones feeling the “Bern” as they will be utterly crushed by Trump, allowing the Republican party to continue its transformation from the perception of a pro-business party to one of a multi-racial pro-Constitutional populist party. The DNC can either back someone they don’t like or shoot themselves in the foot, but judging by their overall irrational political views and emotion driven logic they are probably already trying to put the “magazine” in the revolver as we speak.
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Update (1845ET): It didn't take long for President Trump to chime on Mayor Pete's exit, warning that "This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play"...
Pete Buttigieg is OUT. All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play - NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020
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One day after billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out of the presidential race after spending hundreds of millions on a very expensive ego trip, mayor Pete is also officially out after his dismal performance in South Carolina.
Campaign aide tells me Pete Buttigieg is suspending his campaign this evening.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 1, 2020
For a brief few moments after his narrow victory in the Iowa caucus, things looked good for the first openly gay major presidential candidate, but since then things have slumped and following a crushing loss in the South Carolina primary where his poor performance with black Democrats signaled an inability to build a broad coalition of voters, he has reportedly decided to pull the plug.
Buttigieg is on his way to South Bend where he will reportedly make the announcement later tonight (likely on his way to CNN, following Yang to become a 'talking head' commentator on the debacle ahead).
Buttigieg's exit comes a day after billionaire Tom Steyer ended his campaign after paying the price for focussing far too much of his campaign on climate change, instead of addressing issues people care about.
Mayor Pete had collapsed in the odds already but not as fats as Mike Bloomberg has since the first debate (and the second debate did nothing for him).
Biden's rebound is of note, but Bernie remains the bookies' favorite, but the real question is will Mike Bloomberg quit too after a surprisingly strong performance by Biden amid accusations mini Mike will steal from Biden's centrist base if he does not quit before Super Tuesday.
What is perhaps just as worrying is the fact that with Buttigieg out, Hillary is now #4 in the odds...
As NYTimes notes, in the last presidential debate, on Tuesday in South Carolina, Mr. Buttigieg forcefully warned that nominating Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the front-runner, would lead to crushing defeat in the fall, not just “four more years of Donald Trump,’’ but the loss of the Democratic House majority secured by moderate candidates who won in suburban swing districts in 2018.
It would appear that thesis is about to be tested... but of course, after Tuesday everything will change.