The Washington Post reports: ‘Let’s shut this puppy down’: James Carville says it’s time to end Democratic primary after Biden’s big night.
"Remember, remember,” said James Carville, in his signature southern drawl, “this is all about November.”
Carville’s reference to “The Fifth of November,” the poem celebrating Guy Fawkes, reflected not on the failed 1605 plot to blow up the British Parliament but the faltering effort of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to win the White House.
Carville, the longtime Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst, urged Sanders on Tuesday night to drop out of the race and allow former vice president Joe Biden to focus on a general election matchup with President Trump. Biden seized control of the Democratic presidential contest with four more decisive wins, including Michigan, the night’s biggest prize.
“Let’s shut this puppy down, and let’s move on and worry about November,” Carville said. “This thing is decided. There’s no reason to keep it going, not even a day longer.”
Carville’s comments echoed similar sentiments earlier in the day from Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who the political strategist said “literally saved the Democratic Party.”
Clyburn, whose endorsement ahead of last month’s South Carolina primary was considered instrumental in helping to resuscitate Biden’s campaign, told NPR the Democratic National Committee should step in and end the primaries and additional debates if Sanders failed to win any of the six contests. (The two are scheduled to debate Sunday in Phoenix.)
Biden captured wins in Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Idaho on Tuesday. Two other states — North Dakota and Washington — continued to count ballots into early Wednesday.
“I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down,” Clyburn said to NPR on Tuesday. “It is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates — because you don’t do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you.”
As noted by Carville, FiveThirtyEight has put Biden’s odds of winning the Democratic nomination at higher than 99 percent. While Biden remains well short of the 1,991 pledged delegates needed to secure a first-ballot victory at the party’s national convention in Milwaukee this summer, his early success enhances his prospects of growing his lead after the coming primaries, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz reported.
But Sanders’s supporters, such as the collective People for Bernie, seemingly brushed off the advice of both the pundit and the South Carolina congressman late Tuesday.
“Never surrender,” the group tweeted.
Even when the odds are not in your favor?
(Thanks to Roving Reporter Sherry for this tip. You can read more from the Maddow/Williams interview with Carville at the Post’s report.)