It has been five days since Super Tuesday, but it truly has felt like an eternity in the world of politics.
Since the last time I wrote a blog post, Warren, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar all dropped out. Since the last time I wrote a blog post, Biden won South Carolina and has surged to the lead following an incredible Super Tuesday performance. Since the last time I wrote a blog post, Sanders’ seemingly strong lead has dissipated and his route to a plurality of voters and a chance at even a contested convention is increasingly narrow. To think about how all of this occurred so rapidly, all in the week has truly stood as a testament that Super Tuesday was super, just not for progressives.
For the two moderates who left the race, they instantly pivoted to endorse Biden, along with former candidate Beto O’Rourke, in a rally on Sunday in Texas. It wasn’t per se the actual move made by moderates that impressed me, but rather how effectively they were able to gather their whole side of the party under one sort of banner in such a short amount of time. It took less than 24 hours for both Buttigieg and Klobuchar to drop out and endorse Biden. It was this, on top of Biden’s strong performance in South Carolina, that propelled him towards the heights he reached.
Warren dropped out this past Thursday after not winning a state on Super Tuesday, leaving Bernie as the only progressive still left in the race. Unlike the two other moderates left in the race, she did not endorse the person in her lane yet. The reasons for that are still up in the air, but she chose to not make a decision about that at this moment.
The biggest move that the moderates were able to pull off was one with which establishment Republicans were not able to pull off in 2016. Trump was a phenomenon that many thought could never truly be viable until it was too late. Seeing the Trump circumstance, they saw how a candidate they did not want to see win, in this case, Sanders, and sought out how to effectively quell any chances he has of winning the nomination. They saw the movement and momentum he was building heading out of Nevada, and they ultimately hoped that it would be a huge win in South Carolina. After seeing his viability from that one state, they aligned immediately, recognizing the importance of this moment.
I think that if there’s anything to take away from the events of these past few weeks, it’s that this race isn’t just about Democratic Socialist versus Moderate, Independent versus Democrat, or Anti-Capitalist versus Capitalist; it’s anti-establishment versus the establishment. The two candidates that are left in this are the embodiments of both of these things. And, through the past week, I cannot state how succinctly establishment Democrats have fought to see their candidate, Biden, lined up to win this nomination. I’ll have more to write about in the weeks to come about my fears with Biden (see my blog post from last year here), but he has taken advantage of this race and the establishment lining up behind him. Now, it’s his race to lose. And, we’ll see how these next few weeks pan out. Till then…
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