Bernie Sanders is losing, although he refuses to accept that.
Instead, he campaigns on, in spite of math and reality, and making the argument that he's the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump based on polls conducted six months before the general election when he's barely been touched by negative ads, much less vetting of any kind. And like Trump, he's still hiding his tax returns, save a partial filing from 2014, from voters.
He's pulled every stunt in the book, from pretending he was taking a meeting with the Pope to misleading his supporters to believe the election is rigged against him, that they are the victims of voter suppression in states he loses, and orchestrating meritless lawsuits to interfere with elections in states that he isn't favored to win, at taxpayer's expense, no less. Just this week taxpayers in Kentucky had to foot the bill for his request to recanvass their contest in the hopes of gaining one delegate that wouldn't have made a difference. Hillary Clinton was merely confirmed the winner as a result.
And then there's that whole "let's overthrow the will of the voters by letting the establishment super delegates I used to hate choose me in spite of the three million voters who prefer Hillary Clinton" argument he's making.
Bernie's latest stunt was to challenge Donald Trump to a debate, something never heard of before in an election where a candidate who has no chance to win the nomination proposes a debate with the presumed nominee of the other party. Because Bernie is bleeding funds, many saw this as an attempt to gain free media attention.
And here's the kicker. Everyone saw this coming, except Bernie Sanders, the guy who's trying to make the case that he's the only one who can beat Trump. He got played for a fool in his first attempt to go after Trump and he seems to be the only person on the planet who seemed to believe the debate would actually happen.
Trump put Bernie on a short leash and let him run with the idea for a couple days and then gave that leash a nice hard yank this afternoon with this:
Not only did Trump play Bernie for a fool, he also did what many predicted would happen, he used the entire thing against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats while making a play for Bernie voters with Bernie's own false narrative about rigged elections, dinging Sanders one more time on the way out by pointing out the ridiculous notion of one presumptive nominee debating the loser from the other party.
Well done Bernie, you certainly showed him!
And because Bernie never knows when to quit, he's not about to let the dream go, because fundraising opportunities and free media attention:
Anyone paying attention could recite that last paragraph in their sleep because they've heard Bernie say it ad nauseam for months now. However, repeating it doesn't make it true, and Bernie's debate stunt only gave us another way to prove it isn't. He hasn't faced scrutiny for much of anything in his past yet, and there's a treasure trove the Republicans would salivate over, I might add. He's also basing it on polls that have yet taken into account that Bernie's first test against Trump failed miserably and Bernie never saw it coming. Worse, he's only enabling Trump, and as evidenced above, he's not finished doing so.
Bernie's not equipped to grasp reality any more than Trump is and he's certainly proved that again today.