Then there were two---actually four if you count the billionaire with pockets so deep they have actual floor numbers on them or the candidate who ‘has a plan,’ but, perhaps, not one well-conceived enough for changing and improving her position in this big-time horse race.
Super Tuesday has come and gone. It’s to presidential hopefuls what the Super Bowl is for gamblers or, put another way, what Christmas morning is for children---when the big stuff gets opened. In this case, the big stuff is delegates. And while Super Tuesday---15 state contests---is big, it’s not entirely the ‘be all, end all’ for those with their eyes on the presidential prize and a chance to occupy the White House beginning in January 2021. Still, big stuff.
Some Colorado Democrats were hoping to wake up Wednesday morning with big news about Mayor Pete Buttigieg or Senator Amy Klobuchar. They voted early for the two dark horse candidates who ended up coming up short in Saturday’s South Carolina Primary. But the two also-rans also dropped out but almost immediately swung their support to Saturday’s big winner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Still, Colorado’s 67 delegates are nothing to sneeze at. Every delegate counts in the race to rack up 1,991, the magic number to win the party’s nomination. And with hopefuls dropping out, it’s pretty much a binary choice. “I think you can predict that Bernie Sanders will likely do well,” Denver pollster and political sage, Floyd Curuli, told Yahoo News. But no one’s counting Biden out in a race that began more than a year ago with dreams of a new day and new guard.
‘Tio Bernie,’ as he’s called by many of the young Latino voters in California proved his mettle on Tuesday. But Biden, with big name endorsements and a fresh wind in his sails from a big South Carolina win, showed he’s not conceding anything. Super Tuesday came and went, and Bernie’s proved he’s playing for keeps. Biden is showing that this, his third run for the nomination, just may be the charm. Biden picked up 99 delegates in Virginia and at press time was looking strong in neighboring North Carolina where 110 delegates loom. With a strong African American following and loyal black voters, he was also expected to be strong in Alabama and Arkansas where the black vote may push him to a win. Sanders is not counting on wins in these states but expects to win his home state of Vermont and beat Warren in her own Massachusetts. Colorado’s 67 delegates will be divided between Biden and Sanders. But the Vermont Democratic Socialist has looked strong here for months and should take most. But California and Texas are the big prizes and very possibly the boost both Biden and Sanders are hoping for.
It’s morphed into a two old white guy race, one beloved by a ton of younger voters for his progressive ideas---Senator Bernie Sanders---and Joe Biden, a long-in-tooth pol prone to real-time gaffes but trusted by the older, pragmatic wing of the party.
Going into Super Tuesday, neither of these men had more than pocket change in delegate count. Sanders had 60, Biden slightly less at 54. But winning big in California and Texas, two places with 643 combined delegates, was, well, Christmas morning---the bicycle or new puppy. But Christmas morning can wait---has to wait. The war continues.
The long and winding road continues, at least so far, with self-financed and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg waiting in the wings---checkbook in hand---and Senator Elizabeth Warren, well, hoping her ‘plan’ for hanging drapes in the Oval Office morphs into a miracle. Bloomberg skipped the hurly-burly of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Super Tuesday, too.
At press time, momentum---as a result of a big time win in South Carolina---had swung to Biden. Despite a low energy showing in the early rounds of caucuses and primaries, he’s suddenly leading Sanders in big-name endorsements. Picking up Buttigieg and Klobuchar put him at 15 to Sanders’ 12.
Winning delegates is a job for the two big names in the race for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, same thing for Bloomberg and Warren. But only until Milwaukee, site of this summer’s Democratic Convention. After that, Democrats will exude every ounce of energy into reclaiming the White House and sending its current occupant back to Mar-a-Lago or wherever.