At the risk of offending Tulsi Gabbard’s slither of support, the Democrat Nomination now appears to be a two-horse race. Within a few days, it could be over.
Delegate lead exceeds Biden expectations
On Super Tuesday, Joe Biden exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. He leads Bernie Sanders on the delegate count – something that seemed unimaginable just a few days before Democrats went to the polls. Although that lead is far from unassailable on paper, with just under two-thirds of delegates yet to be allocated, the signals are it will become so following the next two rounds of primaries on consecutive Tuesdays.
Michael Bloomberg has quit the race and, predictably, endorsed Biden. Elizabeth Warren has also withdrawn but is holding off an endorsement. This latter news is probably a mortal blow to Sanders, who aligns with her on most issues.
Warren yet to endorse either man
In an interview with Rachel Maddow, the Massachusetts Senator expressed deep concern about the divisive, abusive tactics of Sanders’ online supporters. When the history of this primary is written, their targeting of Warren last autumn will be regarded as a turning point. It split the Left of the party, ruining their best ever chance of a shot at the presidency, and destroyed the candidate most likely to unite the party.
Events of recent days have reinforced the problem. Whereas Bernie himself has committed to endorsing Biden if losing to him, the ‘Bernie Bros’ have gone to war. Social media has been awash with attacks on Biden’s mental state, parroting the Kremlin and Trump campaign’s line that he is in ‘cognitive decline’.
Relatively famous surrogates such as Kyle Kulinski of TYT even went so far as to share the Trump campaign’s selectively edited videos. This one for instance cuts Biden off mid-sentence to misrepresent. In fact he goes on to say “We can only re-elect Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. Its gotta be a positive campaign.” Compare the two versions here.