Bernie back in headlines: Is Sanders sowing unity or discord?

Bernie Sanders is out of the race for the presidency, but not out of the picture, as he has surfaced in several headline stories. (Screen snip, YouTube , NBC News, PBS News Hour)

His campaign for the White House was suspended weeks ago, yet this week Sen. Bernie Sanders is making lots of headlines and it’s not clear whether he is attempting to sow unity in the Democratic party, or give presumptive 2020 nominee Joe Biden a case of heartburn.

Fox News is reporting that Sanders—whose supporters have been dubbed the “FSA” (“Free S— Army”) by many of his critics—has advised Biden to “work on strengthening his appeal to working-class and young voters ahead of the November election.”

Then, in another report, Fox says Sanders is “urging the Democratic National Committee to strip New York state of all its delegates at this summer’s Democratic National Convention after the state cancelled its June 23 presidential primary.”

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A third story, also at Fox News, said this: “A top political adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders is warning that “a significant portion” of the Vermont senator’s supporters are “currently unsupportive” of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.”

And that might explain the contents of a fourth Sanders headline story that says, “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political team – in an apparent bid for party unity – is asking supporters chosen to represent the former presidential candidate at the Democratic convention to sign agreements preventing them from criticizing Democratic Party leaders or other 2020 contenders either in person or on social media during this summer’s confab…And that’s not sitting well with some Sanders supporters who’ve received or heard about the agreements.”

But buried amid all these reports is an alarming remark from Jeff Weaver, a senior advisor in the Senator’s 2020 campaign and his 2016 campaign manager that should raise as many eyebrows as the appearance of discord within the Democrat circle.

Weaver is the fellow who says a lot of Sanders’ supporters are not warming up to Biden.

“There is a real and urgent need to help Biden consolidate Sanders supporters,” Weaver reportedly said. “If all of Sanders’ base turned out for Joe Biden in November, he could defeat Trump and take back the White House for Democrats.”

This suddenly shifts from trying to do something for the country, to grabbing power for the party.

Sanders had twice been pushed to the side by establishment Democrats, who were terrified he might get the nomination, which explains why Biden was brought out of mothballs. The rest of the Democrat field was gravitating hard left by the time Biden entered the race, and they trampled over billionaire anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars on one of the shortest campaigns in history.

Now comes the Washington Examiner with an editorial that says this:

“Joe Biden won the primary by presenting himself as a sane bulwark against the Castro-loving socialist Bernie Sanders. But after having captured the nomination, Biden is using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to embrace the radical left wing of the party.

“To be clear, it was never fair to call Biden a centrist — as the description only made sense relative to his rivals,” he editorial continues. “Even before the coronavirus hit, Biden proposed $6 trillion in new spending in service of an unapologetically liberal agenda. With that said, it’s also true that Biden positioned himself as an opponent of the sort of transformational change being proposed by his opponents in favor of a promise to build incrementally on the legacy of his former boss, Barack Obama. He criticized the proposals of Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren as too disruptive and politically unrealistic.

“Yet, what’s odd is that having clinched the nomination, he’s desperate to avoid any sort of split within the party this fall,” the Examiner editorial board says. “So he’s decided to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opening to promise a much wider agenda.”

Translation: Biden may be no more than “Bernie Light” by the time he gets out of the basement and back on whatever campaign trail remains after the COVID-19 pandemic panic wanes, if it is allowed to by a handful of Democrat governors who seem determined to keep their lockdowns going as long as possible to retain a sluggish economy heading into November.

If all of this is worrisome, maybe it’s supposed to be.

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