“President Obama, South Carolina was a key primary win in 2008. Joe Biden was your loyal VP. A Sanders nomination would relegate your presidency to an insignificant prelude to two terms of Trump or one of Trump & one Sanders. Passivity is a choice. Act. Go to SC & fight for Joe,” Kristol tweeted Sunday morning.
Biden has repeatedly insisted that his campaign is focused on winning over South Carolina and the state’s large percentage of African-American voters. The former vice president has been playfully teased by political pundits and other candidates for his consistent references to Obama. But he did during the contentious 2016 primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sanders, Obama has largely remained quiet on the sidelines of the Democratic primary fight.
Kristol, one of the most vocal and consistent “Never Trump” opponents of the current president, was mocked by other political analysts and members of the Sanders campaign for seemingly “begging” Obama to stump for Biden.
“Obama, popular as he is, doesn’t have the power to choose Dem nominee, nor should he. It would also diminish his influence in general election, when he’ll be greatly needed, whoever wins nomination,” radio host Michelangelo Signorile replied to Kristol’s tweet.
“My dude you and your flunkies spent Obama’s whole presidency stoking fear and bigotry to undermine his agenda. Have the dignity not to come out here pretending you care about preserving his legacy,” replied Sanders foreign policy advisor Matt Duss.
“Reduced to begging Obama. Glorious,” quipped financial author Matt Stoller.
In addition to calling for Obama to intervene on Biden’s behalf, Kristol posed an idea Saturday that Bloomberg should spend $100 million over the next week trying to take down Sanders as the front-runner.
“Bloomberg could also spend millions in South Carolina against Sanders, to try to help Biden win the state. That would have the disadvantage (for Bloomberg) of keeping Biden alive–but a) Bloomberg can fight Biden later, and b) he’d surely prefer Biden to Sanders if it came to it,” Kristol wrote. “Why won’t he spend at least $100m next week in Super Tuesday states making the case against Sanders?”