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Author: BobR    Date: 03/04/2020 13:13:58

Yesterday's Super Tuesday election is a slice of where America is right now. It tells the story of a cautious America shell-shocked after 3 years of the disastrous tRump regime. It shows an electorate who felt "Berned" last time, and not willing to risk it again. In short - Biden brought home the bacon - and almost 300 electoral votes. Sanders gained less than 200. Warren is struggling with only 25 and couldn't even win her home state.

This - to me - says that while a lot of America would like to see some changes, they feel that going with the "safe" choice gets us going in the right direction. There's a lot of talk about Biden being a "moderate" (the Bernie-cult would use much less friendly sobriquets). While there was some initial thought that Warren would sap some "progressive" voters from Sanders, it seems that his Bernie-or-bust fanatics are not as prevalent as everyone (particularly themselves) would believe.

The big myth is that there is a huge cavern of difference between Sanders and Biden. There isn't. The main difference with their healthcare proposals is that Biden's actually has a chance of making it through Congress. The revolution Sanders espouses has zero chance in a Congress balancing on the cusp. There's also the matter of personality - Biden is well-liked in DC, and can work to convince Republicans to support modest change. Sanders demanding big change would get resistance all the way, and ultimately accomplish nothing.

It's a personal disappointment that Warren isn't doing better. She has the smarts and the energy and the mental sharpness to make big things happen. She has been all but written off by the media and apparently the electorate feels the same. Either that, or they worry about a Sanders/tRump matchup, and decided to go with the safe vote (Biden) instead. I don't understand why Buttigieg and Klobuchar both dropped out before Super Tuesday, and I hope Warren doesn't drop out after this showing. The momentum aspect of the staggered primaries is like The Wave at a baseball game - a few people end up influencing the actions of large numbers on the other side of the stadium (or - in the electoral case - the country).

Hell - even Tulsi Gabbard is still in it, and she has only 1 delegate. Speaking of which, here is where we are now:

  • Biden: 345

  • Sanders: 269

  • Buttigieg: 26

  • Warren: 25

  • Klobuchar: 7

  • Bloomberg: 6

  • Gabbard: 1


ALL of America should be able to vote for their candidate of choice, and not have the field whittled down to the remaining two candidates (with one obvious winner) by the time their state holds its primary. We all want our vote to count just as much as those in IA, NH, NV, and SC.
 

14 comments (Latest Comment: 03/04/2020 17:21:13 by BobR)
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