Yesterday was indeed a Super Tuesday for the Biden Campaign. Bernie Sanders was the favorite going into the big delegate contest, but it was Biden who pulled off a massive upset, winning 9 states (AL, AR, MA, MI, MN, NC, OK, TN, VA) to Bernies three (CO, UT, VT) with California and Maine still too close to call as of this writing. The total delegate count is Biden with 305 and Bernie with 243, though Sanders commands a strong lead in California so by the time the dust settles and the last votes are counted, Biden and Sanders could be very close to an overall delegate tie.
The Super Tuesday result exceeds even the most optimistic scenarios for Biden from only two days ago when he won in South Carolina. Pundits were arguing whether Bernie would have a wide lead after Super Tuesday or a narrow lead. Now it looks like he won’t have a lead at all. Biden benefited from enthusiastic endorsements by Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, and Jim Clyburn, and he spent almost no money in many of the states he won. It seems as if the vast majority of support for Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and Steyer went to Biden, and with the field narrowed substantially, and with Warren and Bloomberg struggling, perhaps moderate voters were abandoning their unelectable favorites and throwing in with Biden rather than Sanders. It will be hard for Warren and Bloomberg to continue, though Bloomberg in particular struck a defiant tone in interviews yesterday. If he were to drop out and throw his support behind Biden, it would give Biden a very strong advantage going forward.
It’s safe to say that Trump would rather run against Bernie than Biden, given his recent statements urging Republicans in open primary states to vote for Bernie. But Trump has been distracted, waging battles on several fronts. The stock market took another dive yesterday despite the Fed lowering the Federal Funds rate by 0.5% as an emergency measure to help decreased demand due to the coronavirus slump. Global demand is feeling the pain of the pandemic and markets don’t yet have a clear sense of the damage that will occur.
Trump was also battling social media mockery yesterday after he tried to insist in a meeting that a regular flu vaccine might help to combat the coronavirus. It won’t. At all. Video circulated of Trump being told this, and he seemed flustered and defensive. It’s obvious that he’s constantly surrounded by toadies who shower him with praise, so it’s shocking to him when somebody contradicts his blathering with facts–he can’t respond like a normal person to being wrong. He’s way too insecure. Yet another reason he’s unfit for public office.
Watch the California results and pay close attention to turnout numbers, especially in light of the coronavirus fears. Was turnout high or depressed? If the numbers are strong, like in 2018, it’s because people are motivated to beat Donald Trump.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”