Biden Get Boost from Former Rivals Before Super Tuesday
Ø Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg have dropped out of the democratic primary race and endorsed Joe Biden.
Ø The decision was made quickly by both parties after the South Carolina primary.
Ø This is seen by some as the moderates uniting against progressive candidate Bernie Sanders.
Ø Beto O’Rourke also endorsed Biden.
Ø Klobuchar says she sees Biden as a unifying leader, and Buttigieg said that he brings out the best in people.
Ø The field of candidates has shrunk from 12 to 5.
Ø Bloomberg can still eat away at Biden’s moderate vote.
Ø Warren will stay in the race until the convention.
Ø Biden set his own personal fundraising best, 10 million in 48 hours after his South Carolina win.
Ø Biden gained a number of endorsements from politicians.
Ø President Obama has no plans to endorse anyone yet.
Ø At a campaign rally in Minnesota, Sanders discouraged his crowd from booing Biden.
Ø Biden raised 18 million in February, Sanders raised 46.5 million, Elizabeth Warren raised 29 million.
Ø 1344 delegates will be awarded tomorrow during Super Tuesday.
Ø So far Sanders has 60, Biden 54, Warren 8.
Biden’s Campaign Receives a Much Needed Shot in the Arm
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Joe Biden has a tremendous amount of momentum. After winning big in South Carolina, the former Vice President’s campaign was rejuvenated and received a much-needed boost heading into the long stretch. Bernie Sanders was a distant second, while the other candidates lagged even further behind. Both Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar suspended their campaigns in light of the realization their paths to the Presidency were too narrow to be realistic.
Biden’s campaign received a further shot in the arm as both Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsed the former Vice President, encouraging their supporters to vote for him. In a rally in Dallas, Texas, former Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke threw in his endorsement for Biden as well. Prominent names are lining up to endorse Biden and give him the energy needed to enter the next stretch in the Primaries.
As polls open up for Super Tuesday, the recent series of events revealed an attempt at unity by moderate elements of the Democratic Party. Sanders is still the forerunner and has a chance to sweep up several blue states, eyeing blue California with its rich trove of delegates. Texas will also be a crucial battleground, along with the several other states in the polling.
Sanders is a formidable force; he galvanizes the working class and the mid- to lower-classes. He has a chance to take it all, but his electability in the general election is questionable as he polarizes on many issues and seems to be, out of the remaining candidates, less likely to acquiesce to bipartisan compromise. This, along with his reputation as a far-left socialist may turn many moderate and independent voters away and hand the election back to Donald Trump. Biden could be that more moderate force to bring a divided country together.
Sanders may, in November, still be able to pull off as much of an upset as Trump did in 2016, but is that something the Democratic Party is willing take a chance on?
Do or Die Time for Biden - and who cares about Bloomberg anyway?
Tomorrow will determine to what degree South Carolina is a bell weather or an anomaly for Joe Biden. In Biden's favor are a few more southern states like North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas that will most likely side with Biden; they are culturally similar states to South Carolina with sizable black populations, more churchgoers and more centrist Democratic voters. The only problem with this is that leaves Texas, a somewhat unique beast, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Minnesota which collectively are worth 876 pledged delegates.
1,991 are needed to win on the first ballot and Sanders currently has 60, putting him at close to 1,000 if he runs away with all these states. If Bernie Sanders has a good showing on Super Tuesday, the lead may be very difficult to make up for Biden indeed. And even if Biden should come from behind again, there is a very good chance for a brokered convention. And this is where the problems will start to happen. Already, Bernie Sanders supporters are crying foul because there is so much chatter about centrist Democrats with sway over the DNC attempting to stop Sanders once again.
If a brokered convention happens, and Sanders has more delegates than Biden, he could still lose if Super Delegates hurt him as they did in 2016. Even if the DNC chooses to nominated Biden (e.g. because they trust Biden to be a more capable challenger to Trump) and invests disproportionate money in Biden accordingly (at Sander's expense), Sanders supporters will be livid, some in media have even gone as far as saying a "civil war" could erupt in the Democratic party. It would essentially be a replay of 2016 all over again, except instead of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden. None of this drama is good news long term for the Democrats. Buttigieg and Klobuchar throwing their support for Biden only seems to point at more of a conspiracy of the DNC trying to advance Biden over Sanders.
And unless Warren literally shocks everyone and does well tomorrow, she too will quit, and throw her support to Biden...
Your analysis is thoughtful and I think your look into the future if, say, there is a brokered convention hits the nail right on the head. Poignantly, we saw what happened in 2016 when Hillary was predetermined as the presidential nominee. Under the guise of neutrality, the DNC put on a hell of a show. Then in May of 2016, the Wikileaks dump of DNC e-mails happened.
Those e-mails are important, as they leave little to no room for speculation on the matter. There were efforts to build a narrative against Bernie and DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s, presented a clear bias.
As we know now, primary elections aren’t only influenced by the voters, there are hands at play trying to help the desired outcome. Klobuchar and Buttigieg’s decision to drop out of the race and swiftly endorsing Biden seems to be a strategic co-op. It benefits these candidates because: 1. If they have plans to run in the future, staying in favor of DNC members is crucial. 2. A coalescence around Biden, who truly has been a weak candidate based on debate performances alone, may rouse Democrats around him as the best alternative to Bernie, who is currently coming out ahead. But it isn’t a great look. These sudden endorsements leave little room to speculate about what the powers that be believe is at stake: that those voting in the primaries on Super Tuesday go for Bernie. Doesn’t that ultimately undermine democracy? I think it does. Not believing in your own frontrunner and plotting against a very possible outcome isn’t right.
Will we now just forget that Biden is clearly past his sell by date? A weak performer in debates among peers sure as heck won't be able to spit back the clever vitriol Trump has in store. Let Bernie take the challenge. Populist versus populist, with polar opposite ideologies. What good will a Biden ticket do? If the goal is taking over the White House, the DNC needs to take a step out of their own bubble and listen to what the people have to say.