During the frenetic post-Brexit years when Great Britain kept holding general elections in an attempt to oust a series of massively unpopular Tory prime ministers, I kept thinking “why is this so hard?” and “for the love of God, run someone GOOD against this incredibly unpopular Tory.” But Jeremy Corbyn kept running and Labour just didn’t know what to do, and so Labour kept losing. I just didn’t understand it. But now I do, as the American Democratic Party seems poised to hand the presidential nomination to our own Corbyn-like figure, Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders sort of won the shambolic Iowa caucuses last week, and last night he eked out a narrow victory in the New Hampshire primary, winning 25.7% of the vote (as of early this morning). Pete Buttigieg came in second with 24.4%, and Amy Klobuchar came in third with 19.8%. Both Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden got single-digit percentage support (9.3% and 8.4% respectively). Biden’s path was always going to be through South Carolina and Super Tuesday, but it’s going to be tough for him to make any kind of case in those primaries considering how badly he’s done in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The situation with Warren is different – on the rare occasions when I am checking in on cable news, there seems to be a significant campaign to erase Warren from the electability narrative, and there is so much conversation about how “we just can’t nominate a woman.” I believe this narrative is being driven by… other Democrats. I also believe that there’s a concerted effort to drive out Warren, just as there was a successful effort to drive out Kamala Harris. This is also why Mike Bloomberg is doing things and making these massive ad buys, because there is a clear opening.
Anyway… this is all chaos and I’m trying not to stress, and I’m trying to be hopeful that by the Wednesday after Super Tuesday, some of this sh-t will be worked out.
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