Sanders Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery, Ad Campaign Pulled

Two-time presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has hit a metaphorical speed bump on his campaign trail last night in Las Vegas, complaining of chest pain and being admitted to a (thankfully capitalist) emergency room.

The Gateway Pundit with the scoop:

“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,” said Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver on Wednesday in a statement.

Sanders, 78, remains hospitalized in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For a bit of clarification for the laypeople at home, “stents” are these little Chinese finger traps that prop major blood vessels open from the inside.  Not pleasant.  Multiple stents in one artery means multiple clogs, likely small, but compounding.  Either way, Sen. Sanders will probably have to lay off the Chinese food if he wants to see the inside of the Oval Office.

…Or will he?

The Pundit continues:

“The Sanders campaign had planned to go on air with his first television ads of the campaign this week in Iowa, announcing a two-week $1.3 million buy on Tuesday,” the New York Times. “An ad tracking service, Medium Buying, said on Wednesday that Mr. Sanders began cancelling those ads. The reason for the cancellation was not immediately known. Even as late as Tuesday night, Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, was talking excitedly about the ad buy on a call with supporters.”

Sanders’ campaign released its first television campaign advertisement Tuesday morning.

Quite a strange move from the team behind our ragged Vermonter.  Surely a candidate with exceptional grassroots support and a veritable circus of laughably inferior opponents pushing him to the front, for the silent Democrat majority would rather double-down on his virtual presence, to compensate for his delayed personal tour, perhaps?  This author’s first thought on a second look says ‘sabotage,’ but they could just be cutting their losses in hype videos for the places he suddenly won’t be in.  I believe we can all agree that it makes perfect sense to pick your battles and use your supporters’ money wisely.  This author says he’s not out of the fight yet, and if the last election was anything to go by, we should never underestimate an underdog.


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