Within a twenty-hour time period, two Democratic candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, joined the long list of failed campaigns. Although many predicted Klobuchar would not last much longer, with polls not favoring her victory in the 2020 election, Buttigieg halted at a time of personal success. Was this decision made because of self-doubt or to – once again – rip the election away from Democratic leader, at the time, Bernie Sanders? The evidence is there to support both theories, though it is clear what transpired.
Ironically, both Buttigieg and Klobuchar suspended their campaigns before one of the most important days of the primary election, Super Tuesday.
On this day, fourteen states have the opportunity to cast their votes towards the President they want to see in the White House. Before Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the race, voters had numerous options in the moderate candidate category, as these two politicians are not as “far-left” compared to Bernie Sanders, for example.
With the removal of these two options, former Vice President Joe Biden is now in the spotlight. After experiencing a major victory in South Carolina, receiving 48.4 percent of the votes, it has become clear that he has a better chance at the nomination than people expected. For this reason alone, something is not adding up.
Like stated before, Buttigieg halted at a time of personal success. Caucus after caucus, he continued to surprise the nation, performing above expectation. In New Hampshire, Buttigieg placed second within two percentage points of Sanders. The Nevada Caucus highlights this failed candidate in the top three. Even after the disaster in Iowa, one thing is for sure, he did a lot better than people imagined.
What would a successful candidate do in response to heaping support and vote counts? Continue, right? In Buttigieg’s case, not so much of Klobuchar’s, his campaign was suspended. Do you see where this does not make sense?
Looking back at Biden’s victory in South Carolina, puzzle pieces start to fit together.
Buttigieg and Klobuchar do not want Sanders to be the nominee, so they ended their campaigns to aid in Biden’s. Do not believe me? Well, who did they endorse? That’s right…Biden!
By dropping out before Super Tuesday, Biden’s door to the Democratic nomination opened all the way.
As of Mar. 5, Biden currently leads with a total of 595 delegates with prior leader Sanders not far behind with 526 delegates. Although the race is close, it was assumed Bernie would lead, up until the dropping out of Buttigieg and Klobuchar.
By the end of Super Tuesday, people now know this is a race between Bernie and Biden. Bloomberg placed third in numerous states, leading voters to believe that he will continue his campaign; however, this is far from the truth.
Bloomberg not only joined the failed candidates list but added his name to the list of Biden endorsers.
In a statement made on Mar. 4, Bloomberg shared: “so while I will not be the nominee, I will not walk away from the most important political fight of my life.”
Bloomberg is ready to aid in Biden’s campaign to ensure the prevention of another Trump term.
Elizabeth Warren, a candidate with similar policy plans as Sanders, followed Bloomberg’s fate on Mar. 5. Her refusal to immediately endorse a candidate should worry Sander’s supporters. Why wouldn’t she express her approval of Sander’s campaign, seeing that her plans would be passed anyway? Again, things are not adding up.
Even as a Trump supporter, I feel bad for Bernie and his campaign. This is the second election in which the Democratic party is shutting out an effort with major support. Although his policies are policies, I believe have no place in the United States, people on the other side of the political spectrum seem to relate with his message, which is what this country needs. Looking at Biden’s campaign, I start to worry.
Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, my family and I have benefited from the policies passed. Taxes have been cut, I feel safer and overall, I am proud to call myself an American citizen. Therefore, a candidate like Sanders being elected will take away all the previously made progress. On the other hand, Biden, in my opinion, is a mentally ill pervert who does not belong in the White House.
At the end of the day, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Bloomberg have turned the tables for the Democratic party. Voters now have a big decision to make: a left-leaning socialist or the moderate candidate who most likely has a better chance of obtaining Republican voters.
Point Park students: Be sure to vote. Every voice counts.