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A Tuesday Bloodbath
The dust has settled after one of the most surprising Super Tuesdays in recent history and those who were left standing appeared shellshocked by the results. Bernie Sanders made the almost fatal mistake of believing his own press and expected to wrap up at least seven states, but voters had other ideas. As for Joe Biden, the quitting of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar was the lifeline he needed to drag himself back aboard his previously sinking campaign ship. His polling was down and his funding had dried up, leaving many to question what exactly the budding stars were offered to fall into line.
As Liberty Nation’s Tim Donner wrote this week:
In addition to being the beneficiary of this transparent, last-minute establishment consolidation/conspiracy designed to cull the herd, Biden got the added bonus of spontaneous combustion by yet another relative moderate – deep-pocketed newbie Mike Bloomberg – on the same debate stage where Biden delivered a defiant, if typically error-filled, performance. Bloomberg spent some $500 million, which bought him an average of about 12% support across the board on Super Tuesday. A princely sum but not enough to keep him in the race – he withdrew early Wednesday, leaving no safety net if Biden stumbles again, which of course, remains as live a possibility as a resurgence by Bernie.
Michael Bloomberg learned the answer to a question that has long plagued Western politics: Can you buy an election? Well, not if you’re Mike Bloomberg, apparently. $500 million dollars for a handful of delegates, winning only American Somoa. The former mayor has not only spent his cash, but also his political capital and possibly his reputation.
So far, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Bloomberg have all fallen into line with the DNC orchestration and given their blessing to the Biden campaign, leaving Bernie Sanders looking for even a single ally. Perhaps Elizabeth Warren?
What to Watch For
The six primaries on March 10 may be a defining moment in the campaign. Not so much for the results yielded, but for the narrative that will be shaped over the coming months. The DNC may end up changing the qualification rules for debates to keep Tulsi Gabbard (who is still in the race) out of the picture.
After a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren disappeared from the airwaves for a brief hiatus before announcing that she was folding up her wigwam and leaving the primary race. Despite incredibly strong debate performances – even the president credits her with taking down the Bloomberg campaign – she did not receive the hoped-for support that was touted across much of social media. Even in her home state primary, Warren managed only third place.
Much has been made of the fact that hopes of a female president are over, until next time, with many suggesting it was sexism that derailed Warren’s primary run. However, this assertion fails to pass the sniff test. Democrat voters are free to choose whichever candidate they want, and the reality is that there are more women voters in the country – and they vote in greater numbers than men. Women didn’t vote for Elizabeth Warren. As President Trump opined: voters don’t like her – they think she’s mean.
If those who buy the sexism narrative really want a female candidate in November, they still have a choice: Tulsi Gabbard. Can we expect to see a Gabbard resurgence as voters go to the polls on March 10, or will they vote for someone more likely to have a fighting chance against the incumbent?
What to Watch For
The fun may not be over for Elizabeth Warren just yet. If Bernie Sanders performs well in the primaries, he still gets to choose a running mate, and a Sanders-Warren ticket would certainly unite the progressive base. The only danger being that the moderate wing of the party may not be motivated to get out and vote.
Washington Whispers & Other Juicy Tidbits
Be on the lookout for:
- Michigan is the new Texas. With 125 delegates available, this is a key battleground for both Biden and Sanders. Expect to see major last-minute campaigning in the state.
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