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Who’s with Who- The Aftermath of Super Tuesday

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Prior to Super Tuesday, the 2020 presidential election seemed to be a progressive runaway. Sanders with a promise of Medicare for All, free higher education, and a bull-moose-esque trust bust of Wall Street’s finest resonated very well with America’s grab bag of progressives and politically homeless. Super Tuesday, however, was a game changer.

At face value, it seemed that America’s reaction to the Trump administration was one that would be forecasted by the late and great Sociologist Michel Foucault. That is: a pendulum swing of regression leads to an equal reactionary swing of progress. The results of last Tuesday painted a different picture. As reported by the New York Times, if Americans want true change then the real choice is that of Joe Biden. Biden’s centralist viewpoints, old-school manner, and promises of closing the divide successfully propelled him to a delegatory victory. He secured the black vote – an all too important demographic that no other candidate was able to pin-down this race, especially Pete Buttigieg- whose numbers with the minority population were dastardly before his drop-out.
So that brings us to a bigger question: what caused the endorsement scramble on the eve of Super Tuesday? It was clear to the American public that Democrats must form a sort-of “moderate bloc” if they wish to tackle Bernie’s grassroots movement, but no one knew exactly what way they will go about such a move. Former President Barack Obama, however, knew the move.
NBC reports that despite Obama’s eerie quietness during this year’s election, there may be more to the former president’s involvement than was previously thought. Following a Sunday night phone call between the former president and South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the mayor rescinded his bid for the presidency, then immediately coalesced around former Vice President Joe Biden. Klobuchar also dropped out of the race prior to Super Tuesday – giving moderate democrats an easy choice for who’s next at bat for the presidency. There still is, however, an unlikely competitor still in the race – Hawai’ian Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

So why is an almost unheard of 38 year old Iraq war veteran still hanging on by a thread, not in polls – but in publicity? According to Bloomberg Insider – the reason is unclear. The publisher even took a step further insinuating she’s “auditioning for a pretty good position at Fox News”. As presidential candidate Joe Biden would say – I think that’s complete malarkey.

Tulsi is a hard-line progressive. Championing fights for core issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, and economic reform – her rhetoric falls under the categorization that many modern progressives in the States would adhere to. Tulsi is a 38 year old veteran, doing tours in both Iraq and Kuwait whilst serving as Hawaii state legislator. She’s the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Samoan voting member of Congress. She is a strong advocate for human rights on issues involving Planned Parenthood and veteran support groups. Tulsi remains in the public eye because she can – and frankly, I don’t see a better running mate for Senator Bernie Sanders. It’s already clear that she won’t hurt Sanders’ electability by stealing DNC votes, but her decision to stay in the race is the same reason why Elizabeth Warren suspended her bid – Warren would take votes from not only Bernie but the progressive movement as a whole. Tulsi, remaining, will continue the causal push for reform that is now being thrust by many hard-left politicians. The question now is whether Liz Warren, following her campaign suspension, will endorse her progressive counter-parts – or side with the rest of the moderate establishment.

The author of this article is Kálmán Gyécsek.


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