In a sign of how desperate Democrats are getting to salvage what’s left of their primaries, a major Democratic Party megadonor is now turning to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, pleading with them to put their support behind any candidate for president other than Sen. Bernie Sanders.
In an interview with CNBC this week, Bernard Schwartz, the CEO of BLS Investments, said it was time for Democratic Party leaders to put their thumb on the scale and save the party from making an enormous mistake in the form of the Vermont socialist.
“We should know who is the best person to beat Donald Trump, and with all due respect, Bernie Sanders cannot beat Trump,” he said. “They have good political reasons not to endorse until the primary is over, but I think we are losing too much if we give up on this position.”
Unfortunately for people like Schwartz, Pelosi and Schumer seem to be heading in the opposite direction – perhaps only because they see the writing on the wall.
Asked Wednesday by reporters if she would be comfortable supporting Sanders if he nabs the nomination, Pelosi was both curt and decisive: “Yes.”
The day before, asked about Sanders’ troubling praise of Fidel Castro, Schumer said, “Look, the bottom line is very simple, we have a lot of strong nominees. I’m not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President Trump.”
At the end of the day, we’re not sure what Schwartz was hoping for. Even if Pelosi and Schumer suddenly came out to support Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg, would it really make a difference? What kind of political capital to any of them have to spend? 55% of the country has an unfavorable view of Pelosi, and only 24% of voters approve of the job that Schumer is doing in the Senate. Neither of them have anywhere near the political popularity on the left that Sanders enjoys, so it’s hard to see their opinion as anything other than irrelevant. Pelosi, in particular, has shown in recent months that she’s got absolutely no clue what she’s doing.
No, it seems – depending on what transpires over the next few days – that Democrats are pretty much stuck with their radical nominee. It looks like it’s going to be Sanders vs. Trump in the fall.
Good luck with that, Dems!