• Bombshell: Bernie Sanders Undergoes Heart Surgery — Can’t Be Good for His Campaign

    Surge Summary: In an explosive and unexpected announcement, the Bernie Sanders campaign announces the candidate has suffered a heart attack  and underwent surgery to address it Wednesday. This can not spell good things for the Vermont Senator’s presidential hopes. 

    In a genuine political bombshell …

    Mike Ciandella/The Blaze alerts us:

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is recovering from heart surgery. His campaign announced Wednesday that the Democratic presidential hopeful would be canceling engagements “until further notice” and that updated information would be forthcoming.

    In an unexpected statement, Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver told the public:

    During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing, he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.

    Ironically, this somber development comes just a day after announcement of some genuinely good news for the recently faltering Sander’s campaign: that he’d raised an impressive $25 million in 2019’s third quarter – more than a $7 million boost from the previous quarter.

    The seventy-eight year old pol is currently settled in third place (16.7 percent), according to the Real Clear Politics average of presidential polls, significantly trailing former Vice President Joe Biden (26.1percent) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (24.4 percent).

    If Sanders were to snag 2020’s presidential contest, he would be the oldest candidate ever to do so. The oldest person to win a presidential election thus far has been Ronald Reagan – he was 73 in 1984 when he earned his second term. The Green Mountain State lawmaker will nearly be an be octogenarian by the time 2020’s election rolls around.

    First off, prayers certainly need to be offered for the health and well-being of Sen. Sanders. He’s famously vague concerning whatever religious convictions he entertains, but about now would be a grand time for the One Who will judge of all of us to reveal Himself potently and persuasively to the self-confessedly socialist,  “not-actively-involved-in-organized-religion” Sanders.

    Secondly, this incident, while hopefully not the demise of Bernie Sanders himself, is likely the death-knell of his White House aspirations. A low-temperature concern about his age had already been fluttering around his campaign. Now? Good grief, the man just had a serious enough heart issue to require surgical intervention. I suspect the part of the “Bernie Sanders Recovering from Heart Surgery” headline that sticks with most observers is not going to be that “recovering” part.

    Nearly eighty-years-old if elected? Heart incident/heart surgery during his electioneering? That’s gotta give serious pause to even the most die-hard Bernie-bro.

    Conservative activist Gary Bauer probably has it about right:

    As the oldest candidate in the presidential race, this is not the news the Sanders campaign wanted to be making today.  Obviously, the senator and his family have a lot to discuss in the days ahead.

    Recent polling indicates that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is surging, and is firmly in second place in the Democrat primary.  …

    Should Sanders decide to drop out, or if his support erodes more, Warren would be the obvious beneficiary.  It wouldn’t take much for her to overtake Biden as the Democrat frontrunner.

    To reiterate: the multi-term Vermont legislator was already facing an increasingly uphill battle in this Democratic primary. This physical set back can’t help.

    The word talk-host Ben Shapiro used for what this wrinkle means for Sander’s current Oval Office bid? “Doom”.

    Stay tuned …

    This column has been updated.

    H/T: Mike Ciandella/The Blaze

    H/T: Gary Bauer

    Image: Adapted from: Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA – bernie-sanders-franklin-nh-20150802-DSC02607, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42223170

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