To say that it hasn’t been a good week for 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders would be a huge understatement and it just keeps getting worse.
Now that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally delivered her impeachment package to the Senate, the trial will soon begin and instead of being in Iowa as he planned, Sanders is going to be forced to spend six days a week in Washington.
It is a perfect example of the old Chinese curse of “be careful of what you wish for, you may get it” because the braying old socialist has been in lockstep with Democrats seeking to overturn the 2016 election and influence the next one as well.
Bernie’s enthusiasm for the lynching has ebbed now that a recent Des Moines Register poll shows him leading in the Hawkeye State but he has been hamstrung by the very impeachment fever that he helped to stoke.
Via The Washington Examiner, “Sanders: ‘I would rather be in Iowa’ than sitting in Trump’s impeachment trial”:
Bernie Sanders isn’t happy about being stuck in Washington for President Trump’s Senate trial.
“I would rather be in Iowa today. There’s a caucus there in 2 1/2 weeks. I’d rather be in New Hampshire, and Nevada, and so forth. But I swore a constitutional oath as a United States senator to do my job, and I’m here to do my job,” the Vermont senator told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Sanders, 78, added he believed Democrats understood he needed to balance his responsibilities but noted the trial shouldn’t distract them other pressing matters.
“We’ve got to deal with this impeachment trial, but we cannot forget the very serious problems facing the American people,” he said.
More from The Hill, “Sanders says he’s concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial”:
Despite being about 1,000 miles from the Hawkeye State, Sanders still hit on a couple of his favorite political themes at an impromptu press conference in the Capitol basement Thursday.
“While we go forward with this impeachment trial, I hope the American people understand that we have not forgotten that in this country, outside of Washington, D.C., today, there are millions of people who are struggling economically, millions of people who cannot afford their prescription drugs or their health care,” he said.
That Bernie will be forced to do his job instead of giving speeches to whip up Iowans into a revolutionary frenzy is bad enough for his prospects but to make matters worse, the rules of the Senate will preclude him from even using his cellphone.
This is not a good thing because the work then falls to those with boots on the ground including freaks like this genius who is one of Bernie’s Iowa campaign organizers and who was caught in a candid moment by the watchdogs at Project Veritas.
The trial is also adversely affecting Elizabeth Warren who has ratcheted up her attacks on Sanders but will also be trapped in D.C. for weeks and possibly more if Mitch McConnell caves on a pressure campaign to call witnesses.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennett will also be a captive audience at the trial but it matters little because both have as much chance as Beto O’Rourke of winning the nomination.
The big winners here are Joe Biden and Mayor Pete, the preferred DNC candidates who are both going to be given weeks of having the state to themselves before the critical Iowa caucuses on February 3rd.
Sucks for Bernie but he is just getting what he wished for.