WASHINGTON, DC – Following a primary season in which the 29 candidates competing for the democratic party nomination have been pared down to two viable candidates – former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, the democratic party is now considering forfeiting the presidential election to President Donald Trump.
“When we lead with our values, we win,” said Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, adding “but I’m hearing increasing concern from our donors that, given the state of the economy, Joe Biden might not have what takes to beat Donald Trump. Obviously we don’t want Bernie to be the nominee, so we’re exploring our options here.”
According to sources within the democratic party, insiders are worried that, given his clear cognitive decline and his lack of a clear vision for the future, running Biden against Trump in the general election will result in an electoral defeat similar to 2004 or 1988 at best, and 1984 at worst. While they feel Sanders has a better chance at defeating Trump, they worry that a groundswell of progressive activism will put the party at odds with their corporate backers in the fossil fuel, healthcare, and defense industries.
“We obviously can’t let the left wing hijack our party,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told democratic party leaders during a conference call on Friday, adding “and I fear that Joe Biden might not have the presence of mind to pull off a win against Trump. We certainly don’t want to have conversations about Medicare for All or the Green Dream or whatever, so it’s time to start thinking outside the box.”
While party leaders concede that Trump’s reelection would have little effect on the financial wellbeing of their donors, many feel a Biden defeat could cause irreparable harm to the democratic party brand.
“We’re just going to consider 2020 a rebuilding year,” Perez told BeetPress, adding “and focus on fundraising and the down ballot for now. This will put us in a much stronger position in 2024 when we won’t have an incumbent president to compete against. Sometimes it’s best to put the interests of the party ahead of the interests of Americans, and I think that’s how it’s going to play out this year.”
“What a bold and surprising move by the democrats,” said CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza, adding, “not only will this save the party from certain defeat in November, but will prevent a hostile takeover by the insurgent left, and give the party time to groom a younger, more vibrant candidate like Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, or Pete Buttigieg to run in 2024.”
As of press time, BeetPress has confirmed that the DNC has canceled all upcoming primaries, debates, and town halls, as well as the DNC convention in Milwaukie, and has sent a request to the the Federal Election Commission to withdraw from the November 3rd general presidential election.