In just a few hours, Bernie Sanders will take the stage with Joe Biden in the first one-on-one debate of the 2020 Democratic primary. It is a slightly different format, with things being far more relaxed then previous debates.
In many ways, it is also Bernie’s last chance to make an impact on voters.
While the delegate margin between them is significant, it is not insurmountable. However, Joe Biden has proven a stronger opponent than many of us thought. That’s thanks in part to the way mainstream media and the Democratic Party have rallied behind him.
If Bernie doesn’t make the case for his presidency in this debate, Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee. That all but ensures another Trump term.
How does he do that?
Well, in this humble blogger’s opinion, it is time to take the gloves off. The reason I and so many others were enamored with Bernie is how ferociously he tackled Hillary Clinton’s status quo politics.
With Joe, and this primary overall, Bernie has taken a significantly softer tone. This is in part, I believe, because he is trying to appeal to the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party.
But, as we have seen, the DNC and MSM have no interest in validating a Sanders candidacy, nor are they interested in helping him become president. Members of the establishment would rather have a Trump presidency than a Sanders revolution.
So, if they will be foul and vicious, there is no sense in trying to appeal to them. They will call you Trumpian no matter what you say or do.
So go after Joe’s record on social security.
Take him for his Iraq vote.
Hold the fire over him for repealing Glass-Steagall.
Call him what he is: a Republican dressed in blue.
And stop calling him your goddamn friend.