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Email to #Bernie shows campaign's pollster predicted he was within 4 points of #Biden in South Carolina. 2 days later, Biden blew out SC by nearly 30 points, turning the race around.

How Sanders' run came undone: thread…
In Jan, @ZephyrTeachout, a law prof allied w/ #Sanders, wrote an op-ed alleging #Biden had “a big corruption problem," & the campaign sent it to everyone on its large email list.

✔️ #Sanders "put a stop to it. 'It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way.'"
In Feb, VT Rep @PeterWelch implored #Sanders to "ease up" on his attacks of #democrats. Welch believed it "sounded exclusionary to ordinary people backing other candidates, ... a lot of voters who are just everyday voters, who decided to vote for other #Dems" (NYT 3/21).
.@NinaTurner & other top #Sanders staffers "regularly pleaded" w/ Sanders to attack #Biden.

✔️ #Bernie resisted attacking Biden. "He & Jane liked the Bidens personally, and their word was final" (NYT 3/21).
For months, advisers & allies "mulled a shift in tone — the possibility that Mr. Sanders might take even modest steps to show skeptical Democrats that he could unify the party."

But the "chief speechwriter on the #Sanders campaign was Mr. Sanders" (NYT 3/21).
#Bernie "had to be nudged into wooing even friendly #dems. @AOC's advisers "had to prod Mr. Sanders’s aides into having him call her — a conversation that eventually led to her endorsing him" (NYT 3/21).
"Pushing Mr. Sanders to reach out to 'establishment Democrats' whom he regularly taunted was even tougher — despite the best efforts of even some of his staunchest supporters on the left."

@AOC "repeatedly" urged the campaign to broaden the message & seek new allies (NYT 3/21).
Weaver said the campaign hadn't sought a "working relationship" w/ #dems like Pelosi because they wanted 1st "to demonstrate the full sweep of their coalition on Super Tuesday."

In South Carolina, he used a "Civil War analogy to explain the muscle-flexing strategy" (NYT 3/21).
Top #Sanders adviser said the campaign wasn't going to reach out to key #dems like Pelosi because "Lincoln did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation, Mr. Weaver said, until after Union troops had routed the Confederacy at the bloody battle of Antietam" (NYT 3/21).
#Sanders continually "refused to yield to critics who were searching for gestures of accommodation."

NV's Culinary Union was frustrated that he didn't "speak out more forcefully when his supporters heaped abuse on predominantly female union leaders" over #MedicareForAll.
Female union officials were "deluged" w/ vitriol & graphic, misogynistic messages. #Sanders placed a call to an official, but never connected.

A Union leader said #Sanders "should have said something earlier & should have been stronger about it" (NYT 3/21).
On 60 Mins, #Sanders stood by his past praise for Castro. #Dems across FL, inc'g members of Congress, erupted in dismay.

"None of the lawmakers who rebuked him in public heard from Mr. Sanders or his senior aides... By the time FL voted, however, the race was all but over."
#Bernie expected to win 7 or 8 of the 14 Super Tuesday states & seize a solid delegate lead" (NYT 3/21).

[This was the campaign's projection when he said the person with the most delegates should get the nomination.]
"So confident was Mr. Sanders that he would vanquish Mr. Biden that he spent valuable days trying to force 2 other candidates out of the race by campaigning in Minnesota & Massachusetts," home states of #Klobuchar & #Warren.

#Biden won both (NYT 3/21).
NYT's Burns & Martin interviewed more than 3 dozen aides, officials, activists & concluded #Bernie & his campaign "made a series of fateful decisions that left him ill positioned to win over skeptical Democrats — and sorely vulnerable to an opponent with Mr. Biden’s strengths."
#Bernie was unable to expand his base, failed to heed warnings from staff & party leaders to unify #Democrats, and let "internal arguments to fester" in an "ungainly operation that fragmented into factions beneath the only 2 real decision makers — Mr. Sanders and his wife, Jane."
"How it All Came Apart for #Bernie Sanders"…
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