[Ed. – It would be an interesting theory except that Sanders has come off as bellicose and confrontational throughout the debate season. Even when addressing supporters, he perpetually scowls.]
In the 2020 presidential campaign, Sanders has done fantastically well. Even after a disappointing Super Tuesday … Bernie remains very much in the hunt. Heading into contests in states he won in 2016, such as Washington and Michigan, the self-described “Democratic Socialist” at this writing trails Biden in estimated delegates, 670-589. He’s behind, but no one with his politics has ever been this close to the presidency.
The 2020 primary race is not over. The delegate gap is not that big … and a March 15th debate in Arizona will test Biden, who’s struggled to use all his time in earlier contests. Elizabeth Warren blew up Mike Bloomberg’s candidacy in thirty seconds of a January debate. Bernie should be able to do the same to Biden, a man who leads with his face in verbal combat. But he’ll need to step out of his comfort zone, and soon.
(h/t RealClear Politics)