Bernie Sanders made a nice run. He has secured his place in American history for the way he has pushed the Democratic Party to the left. I fully expect many of his policy ideas will one day become a reality, not unlike how the views of the late 19th-century populist movement found their way into the political mainstream or how the conservative ideals of Barry Goldwater influenced the Republican Party. (See Michael Kazin on these historical developments).
Last night Joe Biden scored overwhelming victories in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. He has an almost insurmountable delegate lead. There are now three main reasons why Sanders must drop out.
- He has very little chance of winning in the nomination.
- If the primary race ends here, the Democratic Party can unify early and thus more effectively prepare for November.
- States can cancel or postpone primaries and thus follow the advice we are getting from the health care community about social distancing.