The results of the NH primary have put the progressive side of the party squarely in the front of the race. With Sanders in the lead, he stands to shape the race going forward. Nipping at his heels is Pete Buttigieg, an insurgent of a different kind, coming out of nowhere to become a major force on the national stage. Following them, are Amy Klobuchar with her surprise showing in New Hampshire, and of course, the One True Candidate, Elizabeth Warren.
Joe Biden, Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg, are still running. There’s been something of a culling, true. Andrew Yang ended his prospects following New Hampshire, and you’d be remiss to think that John Delaney was still running, but no he actually ended his two weeks ago. And of course, who could forget that Deval Patrick had ended his only last night?
And the thing is, we’ve got way more moderates in the primary than is probably needed. With Sanders and Warren firmly representing the progressive that’s five other candidates representing some center or center-left politics. Politico recently made the case for the moderates to read the writing on the wall and consolidate. If there were fewer candidates we likely would have seen a different result in New Hampshire, they argue.
The hallmark of moderates is to be flexible on policy and be open to compromise. Yet the pragmatic, compromising Democratic moderates apparently can’t pragmatically agree to compromise on a preferred presidential candidate. Instead, they have handed their ideological intra-party nemesis, Sanders, the bragging rights for the first two contests even as he hasn’t touched 30 percent of the vote in either
Yes, it’s easy to recall that something similar happened with the GOP clown car of candidates in 2016. Another primary filled with too many egos and too many similar ideas that allowed two entirely unlikely frontrunners to rise to the top. Who the hell was saying in 2015 that Donald Trump and Ted Fucking Cruz would be duking it out for the GOP nomination?
It remains to be seen how this will all play out. My guess is that things will get worse and my twitter timeline will be filled be with awful, just awful takes going forward. I’m deeply concerned that no matter who ultimately wins the nomination, a significant portion of the likely voters won’t show up. When this is all started, I really believed that we’d all rally behind Anyone But Trump, but I’m starting to have doubts that will happen. I know I will and I hope you lovely ‘Cadoes will too.
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