A little light presidential trolling of the opposition during a detour in today’s coronavirus briefing. Watch, then read on.
President Trump on @BernieSanders: "He didn't really drop out. What about his delegates? I mean, he said he's going to keep his delegates. That's a weird deal… I don't know why President Obama hasn't supported @JoeBiden a long time ago, there's something he feels is wrong…" pic.twitter.com/uwRcwZY1vV
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 8, 2020
There’s a germ of a good question there, one whose answer we’ll probably never know. The obvious reason that Obama didn’t back Biden sooner is because he didn’t want to be seen as putting a thumb on the scale in the primary, especially on behalf of a candidate who’d fared dismally during two previous runs for president. In a way it was a no-win situation for O. If he backed Biden early and Biden won, the left would resent him bitterly. (They already resent him for not ushering in a socialist revolution.) It’d be another establishment intrusion aimed at thwarting Bernie Sanders’s far-left populism a la the DNC tilting the playing field towards Hillary Clinton in 2016. Even if the left ended up forgiving Obama, Trump would taunt Biden ruthlessly over it. “Sleepy Joe had to be carried over the finish line by Barack!”