Another Good Night for Joe Biden and a Very Bad One for Bernie Sanders

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Fresh off a massive win on Super Tuesday—which was just last week, but feels like it happened in a different century—Joe Biden nearly swept all of Tuesday’s elections. It was a very bad night for Bernie Sanders, who has a slim path forward to the nomination.

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Biden won Mississippi, Missouri, and most importantly, Michigan, which Sanders carried in 2016 and Hillary Clinton lost again in the general. By morning, Biden had won in Idaho; Sanders is still slightly ahead in North Dakota and Washington, but he will still fall short in the delegate count.

Biden gave a victory speech in which he attempted to bring Sanders supporters into the fold, though considering he said this week that he would “veto” a Medicare-for-All bill (in fairness, he said he would factor in the cost and whether it would require immediate change to people’s healthcare) and has famously dismissed young people struggling with immense debt in the past, he might need to offer more than words.

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“I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless energy and their passion,” he said. “We share a common goal, and together we’ll defeat Donald Trump. We’ll defeat him together.”

Indeed, there was a massive age gap between Biden’s and Sanders’ voters. In Michigan, Biden cleaned up with voters over 50; Sanders pummeled him with younger voters.

Pundits speculate Biden got a big bump from the coronavirus pandemic, since the White House’s inept response has done such a good job of reminding voters why Trump’s unfitness for office is downright dangerous.

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Michael Moore, a Sanders surrogate, said as much on MSNBC. “I think Trump has just pummeled this country so badly,” he said, describing the mood of voters in Michigan, where he lives:

They’re frightened, they’re demoralized, there’s a malaise. People can’t take one more day of this. The coronavirus has driven home just how much danger we’re in with this individual in the White House. Asking people to do two things—get rid of Trump, and get rid of the economic system that gave us Trump—was too much to do. People are like, “Please just get rid of Trump. Please.”

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Still, Moore begged the Biden campaign to listen to Sanders voters, especially young and Latinx voters who were drawn to the campaign because of its promise of economic and societal change. “We cannot win in November without them,” Moore said. We’ll see if Biden pays attention.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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Mortal Dictata

To quote the defining adage of our current times: Young People Tweet, Old People Vote.

Young people are getting promised everything they could bloody want from candidates everywhere, candidates whose entire pitch is “young people matter”. You want free tuition here it is, climate crisis well we’ll fix that, want greater equality when it comes to jobs well here’s my bill to fix that, house prices too high then don’t worry as I’m bringing in rent controls especially for you, and all they ever get is a group of kids looking at their phones who then go “oh, was that today? I forgot. But I liked your video about that voting thing”.

Look at how many rules they changed to make it easier for young people to vote. Same day registration, absentee voting, early voting. Maybe instead of blaming politicians for the fact they largely don’t give a shit about young voters maybe young people could show some introspection and learn that you don’t get anything out of a system you actively look to avoid putting anything in to.

Bernie would probably be the candidate winning right now if after 2016 he focused entirely on the middle-aged to elderly vote...