Sanders lurks as Biden campaign teeters

Dazed, confused and often incoherent former vice president Joe Biden is running a shoddy ‘Get Off My Lawn’ presidential campaign and his nemesis Bernie Sanders is taking notice.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has been holed up for weeks in Delaware while battling various sexual harassment allegations. Headlines about Biden have been dominated by questions surrounding an accusation by former U.S. Senate aide Tara Reade that he sexually assaulted her in 1993. 

Reade says she filed a complaint, but Senate Legal Counsel advised that “disclosing the existence of such specific records would amount to a prohibited disclosure under the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991.”

Biden continues to vehemently deny the allegation, but as long as the public is blocked from accessing the complaint, questions will persist.

Sanders was asked to comment on Reade’s accusation by CBS This Morning co-anchor Tony Dokoupil during an April interview. “I think it’s relevant to talk about anything,” Sanders said. “I think any woman who feels that she was assaulted has every right in the world to stand up and make her claims.”

When asked if voters should consider the allegations, Sanders politely interjected, “I think she has the right to make her claims and get a public hearing, and the public will make its own conclusions about it. I just don’t know enough about it to comment further.”

The Democratic Party has tried everything, lawfully and unlawfully, to shove the Vermont Senator  through the exit doors so they can prop up (no pun intended) the former vice president.

Sanders suspended his campaign on April 8 and endorsed Biden on April 13, but just when we thought the Independent Socialist from Vermont had ended his quest for the presidency, his campaign reawakened.

The top two Democrats on the state Board of Elections voted April 27 to remove all 10 presidential candidates who have suspended their campaigns from the ballot, except Biden.

  A little-known new law, inserted into the recently passed state budget, allows the board to remove candidates from the ballot if a candidate publicly suspends his or her campaign.

The move was unprecedented. Democrats love free and fair elections and believe in counting every vote, even those of unlawful residents, unless it threatens their grip on political power.

Although primaries for state and federal elections were still being held, the commissioners said the Democratic primary was “essentially a beauty contest” and it was best to end it due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang had argued in a lawsuit April 28 that it was illegal for New York to cancel the primary. They contended it would be unconstitutional to prevent candidates from receiving delegates for the party’s convention in August.

“Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings. His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election,” lawyer Malcolm Seymour wrote in a letter.

A federal judge in Manhattan agreed, ruling late Tuesday that the state must hold the primary on June 23, virtually reanimating the Sanders campaign.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres wrote, “Protecting the public from the spread of COVID-19 is an important state interest. But the Court is not convinced that canceling the presidential primary would meaningfully advance that interest—at least not to the degree as would justify the burdensome impingement on Plaintiffs’ and Plaintiff-Intervenors’ rights.” The board announced Wednesday it is appealing the judge’s decision.

The governor said the state will help local election officials comply with a recent executive order requiring them to mail out absentee ballots in order to help keep voters from going out in public.

“You still have to run elections — the court said we have to run elections,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to have people go standing on line to vote.”

 “My two cents to people is please vote by absentee ballot so you don’t have to show up,” said Cuomo.” But then, if they have to show up, they have to socially distance, et cetera.”

Some Sanders supporters are calling for Democrats to oust Biden, including Briahna Joy Gray, former press secretary to his campaign.  His fervent progressive base has been slamming Biden and pushing for Sanders, as the second-place finisher, to be anointed Democratic nominee.

They hope votes in the New York primary and the other remaining primaries will help them win more progressive delegates, bolstering their bargaining power.

The Sandernistas are plotting to influence the Democratic platform and party rules at the Democratic convention in August. Who knows? They could even install their chosen nominee. With Biden teetering, why should they give up hope now?