With apologies to the ’60s rock group Herman’s Hermits, the second verse (of the Super Tuesday Democratic Primary) was the same as the first (March 10).
Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his dominance over his only serious remaining rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a smaller version of his prior Tuesday victory.
However, the week in between was dedicated to post-election analysis by the pro-Democratic media of how Biden managed to pull off such a stunning and unanticipated victory.
The answer seems simple enough. Biden’s support among blacks, coupled with moderate white support, kicked Sanders to the curb in the South where neither Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg nor Amy Klobuchar were acceptable options.
Biden’s success in Northern states were tremendous affronts to Sanders and Warren, as he beat Sanders in Maine, just an hour’s drive from his home state of Vermont;
Took Minnesota with the help of Klobuchar’s endorsement, and twisted the knife in Warren by carrying her home state of Massachusetts, while she finished third.
The punditry dialogue next turned to an analysis of how much of a role misogyny played in Warren’s resounding defeat.
Rather than attempt to present both sides, my impressions follow the line that yes, sexism plays a role in American politics. However, it is least at home in the Democratic Party.
Warren supporters refuse to acknowledge what I view as her faux populism, her mishandling of the Native American issue and her hectoring, condescending tone.
These concerns aside, as we headed into Tusday’s primaries, predictions were that Biden would enjoy another good night, although only 365 delegates were at stake.
Biden led in three of the four larger delegate state polls, and had a slight lead in Washington State.
Sanders appeared desperate, as he concentrated all his energies in Michigan and its’ 125 delegates.
Events played out as expected, as Biden carried Missouri, Mississippi and Michigan by substantial margins. He also carried Idaho while losing only North Dakota.
Currently, Washington State is a virtual tie with a recount possible.
Biden collected at least 207 delegates to Sanders’ 139, giving Biden an overall delegate lead of about 168.
The next event is Sunday’s debate, now a two-person affair. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is still in the contest, but did not qualify for the debate.
In my opinion, what we now have in overstated terms is “a battle for the soul of the Party.”
No one doubts Sanders’ sincerity, but I certainly believe a clear majority of the party does not buy his “We are a Movement” shtick.
He has openly challenged the party leadership, calling himself the anti-establishment candidate, claiming to have assembled a coalition of the working class, young voters, minorities, and “true believer” liberals who will storm the Party ramparts and carry him to victory.
The problem with Sanders’ coalition is black voters have largely rejected him in favor of a man they know and trust in Biden. Hispanics are cooling on him for the pragmatic reason that he is losing.
Youth are not turning out in the numbers his campaign expected, and working class Americans largely want their share of the “pie,” not a Socialist, of any stripe, who sounds as if he is more interested in tearing down the bakery.
Additionally in the process, Sanders has alienated voters who do not consider themselves as a part of the party leadership establishment, nor are all contributors to other candidates millionaires or billionaires, as Sanders seems to imply.
The questions in the upcoming debate will be: Can Biden demonstrate a solid, progressive agenda in a clear manner to illustrate the differences between him and Sanders?
Will Sanders be able to accentuate his positive vision for a better America, or will he illustrate his desperation by falling back into his autocratic tendencies, which are somewhat at odds with his generally stated democratic beliefs? Will Bernie attack his old friend Joe out of desperation?
Perhaps another bone of contention will be Sanders’ ads showing him with former President Barack Obama, implying Obama’s support of his candidacy.
It’s interesting that the “ole rebel with a cause” is trying to attach himself to the Democratic establishment galaxy’s biggest star.
CARL HOLDER is retired as the city manager for Paris. He lives at 1404 Patriot Drive in Paris and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.