Yeah, I get that, stickdog. Saw it also.
The thing to do was to ignore these people. People who were totally into the process and thus knew a lot but who wavered between the various false choices on the basis of superficialities, they can't be the priority. They're like lifetime sports fans, or gamers.
Sanders understood flexibility, rapidity and seizing the moment on matters of policy. In that regard his moves tended to expand, not to compromise, and it was working. But he was terrible on the personalized and narrative dynamics. Personalized scorched earth is going to happen no matter what in the fall, so it's better to hit them hard now. That's certainly what everyone tried to do with Sanders, in the end. Put your opponents heads on pikes anyway, soon as you get a chance. Everyone yapping on TV and Twitter will be appalled or affect to be appalled, but guess what? A week later, no one remembers and the motherfucking heads are still on pikes. Biden, especially, should have never been allowed to be the placeholder as long as he was. One goddamn debate question acknowledging the "legality" of the Hunter business but pointing out that it is corrupt anyway (what Teachout did) would have initiated the unraveling, especially once Biden inevitably flubbed the response. You can't wait for a Gabbard to do that. Sanders didn't do it. And voila, no substitute appeared, and placeholder has become "candidate."
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