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Get out now, Bernie! It's Joe Biden's time to run for President

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I'm proud of my vote for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. As an FDR Democrat, how could I have acted otherwise? Roosevelt gave us huge public works projects when we needed them -- but, like Sanders, he was far from a Stalin or Castro.

Contrary to hints from his enemies, Sanders is not keen on nationalizing private property just for the joy of it or killing off enemies in stadiums.

Read Sanders's recent speech at George Washington University and visit the issues section of his Web site if you want to know where he's coming from. Shame, shame, shame on Sanders's detractors for either laziness or sheer dishonesty. Yes, Sanders is angry. Why shouldn't he be, given the outrageous wealth and income gaps between the rich and the poor -- and the "socialism for the rich" compounding the outrages? Or the Democratic Party's less than stellar record on healthcare or the environment?

So why did I vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 primary, and why am I begging Sanders to leave the presidential race immediately?

Because Biden stands more of a chance of winning the general election against Donald Trump -- a traitor, crook, climate denier, life-jeopardizing incompetent, racist, self-proclaimed rapist, xenophobe, and at least an aspiring fascist dictator who, knowingly or not, might pave the way eventually for a full-strength Nazi. Despite Sanders's good intentions, he has not helped himself by calling himself a "Democratic Socialist," or gratuitously mentioning Fidel Castro's literacy programs. To deplore this butcher's authoritarianism isn't enough.

Ahead I'll lay out my serious caveats about the former vice president. But in the end, I must support Biden to the max in the general election. The Democrats must win this one. The White House's bungling of the coronavirus crisis is just the latest of the multifarious horrors from the Trump administration, a constant threat to life and a sustainable economy alike.

Even in the first term -- ideally his only one! -- Trump already is well on the way to meeting his malevolent goals. Read George Packer's Atlantic article headlined The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions. How Trump is destroying the civil service and bending the government his will. The Republican Party at the leadership level is now the Authoritarian Party -- eager to suppress votes and otherwise cheat to enable a totalitarian like Trump to stay in power. Dems can't afford to blow this one.

Caveats about Joe Biden

Before making the case for Joe Biden as a presidential candidate to counter The Existential Threat, let me get my caveats out of the way. He is far more labor-friendly than Trump but not quite the worker's friend he would have you believe. In the past, Biden went along with billionaire-optimized trade deals that failed to protect blue-collar Americans sufficiently, and he has talked all too often of cuts to Social Security.

Also, as shown by constant gaffes, even more than in his prime, Biden is not as sharp mentally as before. Trump isn't, either. But he could still put up quite a fight. In regard to Biden, you already know of other troubling matters such as his less than full devotion to the fight against climate change. Bernie Sanders surpasses Biden in all those ways.

Why I'm for Biden anyway

So why am I still for Biden? Well, just as I've said, he's more electable -- more likely to replace the traitor-fascist-crook as president. In this era of Russian trolls and bots and massive corporate donations, not to mention the Authoritarian Party's voter suppression, the Democrats will need all the votes they can get. The probability of Trump contesting a close election makes this even more urgent. Sanders may or may not be able to win, but even if the odds with Biden are just slightly better, I'll go for Joe. That's how high the stakes are.

As it happens, in the wake of the Super Tuesday results, Biden at this point appears to have a significantly greater chance against Trump than Sanders.

The youth vote on which Sanders was counting just did not turn out to the extent he was hoping. Rachel Maddow's MSNBC interview with him on March 4 further weakened his case. I was left wondering how Sanders could sufficiently increase participation from debt-ridden young people, minorities and other screwed-over Americans between now and November. At the national level, are they sufficiently wild about Sanders in the first place to actually get out and vote for him?

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Okay, so you've been given your voice here. I adamantly disagree with you. Biden is not more electable. He is far more vulnerable to attack from Trump. His dementia is getting worse daily. He will lose hundreds of thousands if not millions of Bernie supporters. Your call for Bernie to drop out is offensive and similar calls will only incense Bernie supporters further. A vote for Joe Biden is make with the knowledge that he will lose those Bernie voters. You can criticize them for not getting with the Democratic program, but I am one of those Bernie voters. I am currently a Democratic committeeman and I have seen the ugly inside of the Democratic leadership. It is disgusting and it is time to end the power of the Democratic party. If Biden wins the nomination, or if he is clearly seen as afflicted with dementia and the party gives the nomination to someone other than Bernie, it will be, in my opinion, time to kill the Democratic party, time to start a new party. This is the Democratic party's last chance. We know that people will blame Bernie supporters. Screw them. They made a choice voting for a man who was certain to lose a big segment of potential Democratic voters. They-- and you-- have to own it. A vote for Biden is a vote that will lose a lot of voters and probably cost the Democrats the Senate as well. Your belief that Biden has a better chance is based on being barraged by countless media messages saying that Biden will be better with Trump. These are bogus. You've been lied to thousands of times. I feel sorry for you and all the millions of others who have been misled.

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Thanks for your response, Rob. I couldn't agree more with you on the need to reform the Democratic Party. But for now, we should focus on Trump removal. If nothing else, the Super Tuesday II results strengthen my arguments for Biden at this time. I hope Bernie will keep his word and back whoever the Democratic candidate is. After the election? Let the reforming begin! And pushing Biden to the left. It can happen now, too, but let it not detract from the most urgent goal - the removal of Donald Trump from office and his imprisonment. If Trump gets a second term, freedom of the press may vanish in time, in line with the Putin playbook. Please understand how high the stakes are. David

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Well, that's quite a stark disagreement, fellers. Like you both, I am a Sanders supporter, a democratic socialist for near as long as Bernie. I don't like the idea of anyone telling Bernie he should leave the race. But as I have said elsewhere, including on Daily Kos, the young people's increase has not happened, and the black electorate has spoken clearly. I don't think that group necessarily have it right, because Sanders was getting arrested in the civil rights movement before Biden was much of anywhere, but it is what it is, the results of Super Sunday and yesterday say.

I commented to someone on Kos that one way for Biden to gain a whole bunch of the swing-voting moderates he will need in lieu of the Bernie Bros and Sisses who may unpatriotically and un-tactically stay home on election day is to promise that among his first acts as President will be the US return to the Paris Accords.

Biden should be very careful to state what draconia of the Trump Administration he would remove, and our reputation as the greatest earth-trasher, military conniver, and destroyer of human spirit on the planet might begin to ameliorate when he keeps his promises.

I'm voting for whoever is running against Trump, regardless that in Mississippi my vote is liable to be worthless. Trump is an existential threat to the existence of human life on this planet. I can not make the same statement about Joe Biden.

The worst I can say is that he is a baby-stepper, an incrementalist, and this world just doesn't have time for indefinite incrementalism of policy. I met Leonard Crow Dog at the end of The Longest Walk, back in 1978. Crow Dog, the Sioux Medicine Man, prophesied to a few of us around the campfire on an unusually chill night in the Black Hills. I shall never forget what he said: "The human beings have a few more years to stop tearing Mother Earth, or She will take Herself back from us." That was 41 1/2 years ago. Chernobyl, the Gulf Oil Spill, and looming over the whole world, Fukushima waits for the next inevitable earthquake and tsunami to hit northern Honshu. I'd like to ask Crow Dog how many years is "a few more?"

I HATE lesser-of-two-evils choices. But Trump is infra-evil. His psychopathology is probably driven by tertiary syphilis due to his admitted promiscuity during the 1980s, but just as with the coronavirus, he'll never allow any MD not under his thumb to test him.

As we on the left always end up having to say when presented with a less than ideal candidate, "we'll hold his feet to the fire once he's elected."

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Thoughtful comments, William, thank you. I love the idea of Biden commenting point by point on Trump's atrocities ideally from a progressive viewpoint. Alas, I'm confident Biden would still disappoint us. But as we both acknowledge, Trump is an existential threat. We can get on with the much-needed reforms later. My own theory is that Bernie is partly staying in the race to try to influence Biden. To a point, that's fine. I just don't want too much fodder to be created for Trump campaign ads. David Rothman

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I am amazed that there were not one but TWO typographical errors in the caption below the photo of the candidates up at the top of your article. "etats" (states) became "tats." That was a chuckle, what the hell's the story got to do with tattoos?? But then the French 24 crew showed that no editor was on board by misspelling what is certainly one of the 500 most used French words, derniere (last).

I'm actually proud that when I go to France, or write to people there, everyone compliments my French. When I aw-shucks them, "eh, oui, je parle assez bien pour un Americain," they say, "Merde, Slim, ton francais est bien plein avec des mots que la plupart des francais ne savent pas!" I wish I had learned Spanish first-- it's an easier language and I'm poorer at it-- but mom and dad agreed, "French," so French I took. ;)

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Well, Rob, I can't imagine how any thought could be given to awarding the nomination to anyone but Bernie in the event that Joe Biden really showed galloping dementia in the same way Trump shows off his complex of pathologies. Did someone somewhere suggest that scenario, and did they suggest it positively?

So then you say, "time to kill the Democratic Party." How many years have we been calling for a third party in this country? Ralph Nader in 2000 was the closest we've come to a grassroots third-party movement in our lifetimes, and the two institutional parties colluded to keep him off the debate stage-- hell, out of the debate buildings, even when he had a ticket!-- and off the ballot. In Oklahoma, I couldn't even write him in!

And although I detest the institutionalized two-party system, if the people in the nominally better or more compassionate one of the two kill it from within, does that not make the other, far worse party stronger?

What coalition would you look to to wrest power back from a GOP that sees its path is clear to depredations without limit? Mitch and the boys already clearly demonstrated before the American People that the rule of law did not apply when it came to the President, or at least this Republican President.

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I don't get it... now, there are only 2 candidates, so why not let the people decide at the Convention? These two men will have an important conversation about what needs to be done. I am sick and tired of headlines like in Slate... "Biden Buries Bernie". WTF???

Senator Sanders video of the questions he feel needs answers shows that he is far from defeated, and has a valuable voice.

Besides, Trump is going to self -destruct, because his lies and lack of competence are front and center in this real crisis that will show how unfit he is. It already has... but this is going to happen fast... if you know what a geometric progression looks like

This virus is coming for his presidency. No amount of 'distraction' --like that Kushner/Miller written nonsense he read (in between his sniffs) in the Oval Office-- will change the fact of the GEOMETRIC PROGRESSION of this virus. Also it will take over a year to develop and test a vaccine. By then, according to reliable sources, between 70 million and 150 million will have contracted the disease.

The prediction of the outbreak progression is based on a very simple assumption that the counts will at first follow an exponential curve, at least at the beginning of the outbreak. Over time, instead, the s-curve shape will become dominant. Time from exposure to developing symptoms (incubation) of the virus is 2 - 10 days. The time-series graph in this link tracks 201920 Wuhan coronavirus COVID19 outbreak originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

This is a real crisis, and decisions based on lies and disinformation lead to disaster. Amidst online misinformation being spread about the novel coronavirus outbreak (which the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared a global pandemic), a few authentic and attention-worthy missives have emerged. This is not a 'bad flu!'

I bet he will issue a 'national emergency,' on Election Day, and close down voting places to maintain social distancing... allowing this tragic excuse for a 'leader' to distance our people from democracy.

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