By SYDNEY EMBER
New York Times
Sen. Bernie Sanders, recovering in a Las Vegas hospital from a procedure to treat a clogged artery, should be able to return home by the end of this weekend and will participate in the next Democratic debate, his wife, Jane Sanders, said Thursday. The campaign has refused to say if Sanders had a heart attack.
Don’t promise you’ll be at the debate on October 15, let the tension build over whether you’ll be there or not. Then walk out last, like Willis Reed in the 7th game of the 1970 NBA finals in Madison Square Garden. (New York Knicks center Willis Reed had been out injured in the 6th game, so Los Angeles Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain scored 45 points. If Willis couldn’t answer the bell for the decisive 7th game, Wilt would run amok again.)
… Internally, the campaign is trying to keep its staff motivated. Two advisers, Nina Turner and Jeff Weaver, led an all-staff conference call Thursday aimed at energizing the staff and tamping down any feelings of concern or disappointment, according to a campaign aide. “We are not taking our foot off the gas,” Turner said.
The reason primary season candidates feel they have to promise the moon now rather than under-promise and try to over-deliver is that professional staffers are inclined to jump ship.