Biden takes command of race

“Joseph R. Biden Jr. took command of the Democratic presidential race in decisive fashion on Tuesday, marshaling a powerful multiracial coalition in the South and the Midwest that swept aside Senator Bernie Sanders and completed Mr. Biden’s rapid transformation from a sometimes-fumbling underdog into his party’s likely nominee,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“Replicating the combination of voters that delivered him broad victories a week ago on Super Tuesday, Mr. Biden won Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi with overwhelming support from African-Americans and with large margins among suburban and rural white voters.

“Mr. Sanders was more evenly matched with Mr. Biden in the West, where Idaho and Washington were too close to call. But there was little doubt by the end of the night that Mr. Sanders had lost his recent status as the progressive front-runner in a race defined for months by feuding and factionalism on the moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

“By besting Mr. Sanders for a second consecutive week, Mr. Biden, the former vice president, demonstrated that his successes on Super Tuesday reflected more than fleeting good fortune, and that many Democratic voters had rallied behind his candidacy in a lasting enough way to erase his embarrassing setbacks last month in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “Biden takes command of race”

  1. If Biden becomes the nominee, I’ll have to do more than hold my nose and vote for him, I’ll have to wear a hazmat suit and vote for him, with the knowledge he’ll almost surely lose. Trump won’t even have to lie about Biden, although he’ll probably do that too. Here’s why:

    “Democrats, You Really Do Not Want To Nominate Joe Biden”

    Tragic …

  2. Yellow Dog Voter- If a Yellow Dog came on to the Democrats debate stage, ate dog food, sat on a bar stool with a beer, then relieved themselves on the stage, I would vote for them. To get rid of this complete ass Trump from killing us all with his total ignorance of everything around him. Everything. (“this virus will magically go away”—-magically? ) Whoever the nominee is, I will vote for them, and it wont take any hand wringing .

  3. Yes, defeating Trump is the Prime Directive, and I’ll vote for a yellow dog or even a black dog like Biden, if he’s the nominee, rather than the vicious dog, Trump.

    The most worrisome thing to me, though, is that the corporate Democrats, by engineering Biden’s nomination, have promoted the most defeatable candidate possible, with all the same weaknesses and vulnerabilities that Hilary Clinton had in 2016, as Nathan Robinson makes clear in the article I cited above.

    I’m doing plenty of hand-wringing, but doing it now before the nominating process is complete, when there’s still a chance (though faint at this point, I admit) … a chance of avoiding another tragic loss to Trump.

    The notion that Biden is the most electable candidate in the Democratic field is a tragic tragic error.

    As Robinson says:

    If Biden is not in peak fighting shape, he will lose and lose badly. Donald Trump is the King of the Bullies. When he senses weakness, he pounces. You need to have boundless energy and stamina and fire to counteract him. And they can’t hide Biden away forever. Sooner or later, if you’re running for president, you’re going to have to make some appearances. It is not a good sign if your allies are suggesting you scale back events so that voters don’t accidentally hear you speak off the cuff.

    Democrats do not want to talk about the question of whether Biden is up for this. And none of us want to say the word “dementia” when we don’t actually know whether that’s true. Politico reports that journalists have shied away from answering the question of whether Biden is mentally capable of his task. But it’s a serious issue: If you choose a nominee who is going to embarrass themselves in front of the country, you’ve just thrown the entire election. It’s a colossal risk. We can’t not confront it, because Trump is coming. Trump has already begun to bring up Biden’s mental health, noting that Biden “said 150 million people were killed with guns and that he was running for the United States Senate.” (Biden did say both these things.) Trump will compile all of the flubs, go through them in excruciating detail at his rallies, and talk about how sad it is to see someone in such obvious decline. He will compare Joe Biden’s brain to the Democratic Party itself, and will ask why anyone would want someone in charge of the country who cannot be trusted to remember which state he is in, which day of the week Super Tuesday is on, or who the Prime Minister of Great Britain is. It will not be easy to answer this question.

    Be ready for what is going to come at Biden in a general election. Just look at Trump’s tweets for a preview of what we’re going to see:

    I will protect your Social Security and Medicare, just as I have for the past 3 years. Sleepy Joe Biden will destroy both in very short order, and he won’t even know he’s doing it!
    Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing. That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!
    Do you think “Sleepy Joe” is up to the challenge of proving Trump wrong? Probably not even on a good day, because Biden’s record on Social Security and criminal punishment is not defensible and gives Trump the upper hand. </blockquote?

  4. Yes- I have followed all the “bad Biden’ history, I wish all candidates were all things to all people. I wish they were all squeaky clean, but I’ll live. The country seems to go with Biden right now. I voted for Bernie. Unlike Bernie supporters from 2016, I will vote, even if Bernie isn’t the nominee. But, right now, I really don’t care about Biden gaffes, past votes from years ago, whether he’s liked by people of color or not, if hes not enough of a progressive or not, or whether he’s tweeted about by this ass of a president we have now— he’s not Trump. Trump will go after whoever is the nominee with every hate laced tweet we have ever heard. Whoever the nominee is, Trump will call them everything negative there is to say. whether it’s the truth or not makes no difference. Never has with Trump. So bring it. Trump will be defeated !

  5. Yes, I voted for Bernie and I’ll vote for the Democratic nominee, whoever it is.

    But it’s important to be aware of his fitness and unfitness for office, because — if he does win — he’ll merit as much scrutiny and perhaps resistance as Trump does.

    Until we can somehow loosen the corporate death grip on US politics (which may be never) we should expect an endless train of Trumps and Bidens.

  6. On the optimistic side, Thom Hartmann points out that Bernie has so shifted our political dialog that even Biden — changeable Biden — has adopted some of his positions. Moreover, Hartmann reminds us, FDR campaigned in 1932 with the promise to cut spending! So, shifting with the political winds and with the exigencies of the age is often a virtue.

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