Bernie Sanders exited the race in the most Sanders-esque way possible: with too many words and not enough support.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!
It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.
The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
Joe Biden sent his usual 3 emails on Wednesday, while Bernie Sanders poked his face in just long enough to send a single email.
While Bernie Sanders’ single email wasn’t about any of the topics I’m monitoring, Joe Biden did email about Sanders dropping out, which is a News Event for him because it pertains to someone else’s campaign. He also shared a sweet letter that he says he wrote to his twelve-year-old self while he was a VP with Obama, though I’m not too sure how much I believe that. It was very much about pushing through the hard times and the bullies and how it’ll all be worth it because he’ll learn so much about America and how America doesn’t quit and America is better than bullies and someday he’ll go with a young Black man to the White House and be VP and President.
Biden also acknowledged that a new phase of the campaign was beginning, and he asked for a strategy survey on general election priorities.
Sanders’ single email did not have an ask, but it did have 6 pages of rambling about how he totally won the ideological victory, even if he didn’t win the Democratic victory. He talked about how he was going to stay on the ballot to continue to collect delegates so he could continue fighting for progressive ideals, and he did congratulate Biden on his win.
However, in the 2,022 words Sanders wrote to suspend his campaign, not once did he say he endorsed Biden for President, nor did he say he supported Biden, nor did he encourage his supporters to support Biden, or even to support the Democratic Party. He did say that now that the difference in delegates is over 300, he didn’t see a path to the nomination.
The difference in delegates hit 305 after the March 17th election. Sanders has had nearly a month to come to terms with that fact and to lick his wounds. Like in 2016, he’s still dragging his feet about supporting the actual Democratic Party.
But hey. I don’t have to talk about him anymore, after one last farewell post in an hour.
On the other hand, Joe Biden sent a fundraising email about Sanders. Instead of one simple farewell tweet like so many candidates do for each other, Biden actually tweeted an entire thread about his admiration for Sanders, and then he sent it as an email.
Compare, if you will, every reference Sanders makes of Biden in his dropping-out email with these quotes from Biden on Sanders.
That takes me to the state of our presidential campaign. I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle, and while we are winning the support of young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful.
And so today I am announcing the suspension of active campaigning, and congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, on his victory…
…And, on a practical note, let me also say this: I will stay on the ballot in all remaining states and continue to gather delegates. While Vice President Biden will be the nominee, we should still work to assemble as many delegates as possible at the Democratic convention where we will be able to exert significant influence over the party platform and other functions.Bernie Sanders
I’ve had a chance to get to know Bernie over the years. We were in the Senate together before Barack and I took office, and of course, I had known him from his work in the House. What I liked about Bernie was that he said what he believed, no matter who was in the room. I admired his passion. I liked his convictions. I thought people who failed to take him seriously would prove to be sorely mistaken. And, as it turns out, I was right.
Bernie suspended his campaign today, but while you can suspend a campaign, you can’t suspend a movement. Bernie and his supporters have taken issues which had been given little attention and brought them to the center of the conversation. Bernie gets a lot of credit for his passionate advocacy for the issues he cares about. But he doesn’t get enough credit for being a voice that forces us all to take a hard look in the mirror and ask if we’ve done enough.
Jill and I can’t wait to work with him and Jane on building a more progressive future.
Bernie has often said that his campaign was not about him. It was about “us.” That goes for me, too. And now more than ever, that rings true. This primary is over — but this campaign is just beginning. And it’s a campaign bigger than whose name is on the ballot. It’s a campaign about people like us coming together to not only defeat Donald Trump, but to ensure that America lives up to its founding promises once we do.Joe Biden
Sanders called Biden “a very decent man” and said he’ll continue to raise delegates against him. Biden praised Sanders’ advocacy over the years and his forceful voice in making us re-evaluate our efforts.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: how you lose says a lot about your character.