Presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden is barely relevant in the age of the coronavirus but rival Bernie Sanders is even less relevant as the two struggle to find anyone willing to listen to them these days.

COVID-19 is the big kid on the block and President Donald Trump commands all of the attention as he and his team lead us into battle against the "invisible enemy."

The political sniping of the campaign seems so irrelevant now and except for some extreme hyper partisans, most Americans are rooting for Trump and his team to be successful. Imagine, some folks are cheering on the germs as a means of defeating Trump at the polls in November.

Bernie Sanders has been reduced to the role of a small lap dog for the Democrats. You know, the type that barks a lot and nips at your ankles constantly. But true to form, Sanders is obedient and has learned how to heel upon command. His appearance with Seth Myers on Monday night is proof of that. The old revolutionary has declared his readiness to fall in line behind Biden: "We have got to defeat Trump, and if I am not the nominee, I will do everything I can to see that Joe Biden is elected president.”

So much for the revolution.

Bernie says he plans to stay in the race, though, to remind the Democrats that he stands for Medicare for all, medical and family leave and a higher minimum wage. Isn't this right about when Bernie folded during the last campaign four years ago?

All of this time I have given Bernie Sanders credit for being the dopiest but most sincere candidate in the race. It appears I misjudged his sincerity.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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