Bernie Sanders announced yesterday that he is staying the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was able to articulate, we suppose, a rationale, though it’s hard to understand why the nominal continuation of his campaign increases his ability to achieve his stated goals of defeating Donald Trump and influencing the party platform.
The only logic we can think of is that he is hanging on to be the default choice in case Hillary Clinton is indicted for mishandling classified information via her home-brew e-mail server and/or corruption for dealing favors to foreign governments though the Clinton Foundation.
Perhaps President Obama has assured Clinton that he won’t indict her but hasn’t let Sanders in on the news, either out of a sense of propriety or just for fun.
We can see Sanders wanting to remain technically a candidate to preempt Vice President Biden or someone else riding in on the proverbial white horse if Clinton goes down. It’s a long shot that this logic would work even if she does get indicted, but he has little to lose.