The world has turned upside down and who can predict November.
A few moments ago Bernie announced he was “suspending” his campaign.
I was suspended from school a few times but I was allowed back. Not this time for Bernie.
It appears we will have Biden to go with against the amoral leader of the free world. It’s not the ammunition I would have wished for.
Bernie had plenty going against him from the start. The Democratic Establishment, Tom Perez and the DNC might be screwed up, but they are a powerful and entrenched operation that should never have been underestimated, even after the early primary wins by Bernie.
I believe the Democratic Establishment would have preferred Trump to having Bernie head the ticket.
There is no question in my mind that Bernie, along with those like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, have shifted the conversation and have successfully pushed forward a Left agenda that has a large, growing and enthusiastic base.
But we are still playing defense.
And the Bernie campaign had weaknesses of its own. Some were perhaps unavoidable. Some I think were of the campaign’s own making.
I was frustrated by Bernie’s inability to fully shake his interpretation of a class analysis that many Black and white voters like me saw as a misunderstanding of the centrality of racism in America.
So, now we have Biden. He is a problem for us and for the Democratic Establishment as well.
He may not be the candidate we wanted. But he also may not be the candidate they need to beat Trump.
And there is no question that Trump has to be defeated in November.
They now have to be made to show up.
These last few weeks are evidence enough that too many lives hang in the balance.