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Otto Lidenbrock

(581 posts)
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:28 PM Mar 2020

The Revolution Bernie Wasn't Expecting

Written by a Pete supporter

March 3rd 2020 will be a day that will be studied by political scientists for a long time to come. How did Joe Biden, only winning one state, South Carolina, merely three days before with no money, no ground game, and no ad presence win Super Tuesday?

Merely a week before this jaw dropping performance, Bernie Sanders wracked up a 2nd place finish in Iowa, 1st place in New Hampshire, and a 1st place finish in the Nevada caucus was on a trajectory that pundits warned could be possibly not stopped. The Bernie alternative lane was clogged with Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer. Elizabeth Warren was positioning herself as the true alternative progressive to Bernie. Mike Bloomberg wasn’t on the ballots but his $250 million ad campaign was in full swing.

Bernie’s Revolution was the only campaign with a movement. Millions of anti capitalist, anti establishment progressives under the mantle of Democratic Socialists marched to the Sanders drum with great consistency. Then Bernie had a message for America.



What was going on in the background?

Pete Buttigieg was in the background working a strong ground game. The night of the Nevada Caucus Pete went to Denver for a rally. 8500 people amassed to hear Pete speak and embrace his message of unity and “turning the page.”

February 17 Pete was in Salt Lake City amassing a crowd of 4500 people.

February 24 Pete was in Arlington Virginia amassing a crowd of approximately 10,000 people.

Why didn’t people know about the crowds Pete was drawing? The media was not covering it.

Pete For America had ground games in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Massachusettes.
Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar was polling very well in her own State of Minnesota where for the first time, Minnesotta was utilizing primary and not the caucus. In 2016, Bernie handily won Minnesota.

Amy’s army was not going to let Minnesota out of Amy’s grasp regardless of Bernie’s past win and Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s progressive Congressional superstar.

Tom Steyer would pour millions into the state of South Carolina, which he would come in third. His most impressive finish.

Joe Biden lost Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. The punditry was ordering the tombstone for Joe. Even if he were to win South Carolina, his connection to white voters in the first three contests was more than dissapoiting. Joe had another issue, he was broke.

Joe received an endorsement that would prove highly consequential from Jim Clyburn. Jim Clyburn, the stalwart and historic man said, “We know, Joe.”

Joe would go on to win South Carolina. Not just win, but dominate. He would win 61% of the Black vote. The one category Joe did not do well? The youth vote.

Tom Steyer would drop out the night of the election.

The next day was the historic Selma march. All candidates attended, minus Bernie Sanders.

It would appear that this walk had more significance than just a walk. After having breakfast with former President Jimmy Carter that morning Pete had some math to do and some honest reflections to take. What was his path? Pete had an answer.

Pete would head back to South Bend, Indiana to suspend his campaign. His path was not viable. But one thing was clear, he did not want his presence to be a vote splitter. Pete made no qualms that while he respects Bernie, he did not believe Bernie would be good at the top of the ticket.

Pete would go home and give a speech that sounded more Presidential than former contestant. He was going to be endorsing Joe Biden.

Following Pete’s lead of not wanting to splinter the party, Amy would drop out the next day and endorse Joe Biden. Pete and Amy would head down to Texas to live endorse Joe Biden and to the surprise of many, Beto O’Rourke would also endorse Joe on the stage.

What was happening?

Democrats were reminded that the soul of the party was harnessed by the Black vote in South Carolina. A rallying cry went out doing what they do every election. They voted. Let’s be clear, the African American community vote in greater numbers and cherish the right to vote. Jim Clyburn lit the fire, the confligration was only growing.

Team Pete, still heartbroken, jumped on phones. The ground game and digital presence of Team Pete were making calls for Joe Biden and boosting digital presence. The message to all the states? Team Pete for Joe Biden. The army was making calls to promote Joe in all the states they had presence. Those large crowds and ground game would come into play.

Amy’s Army manned the phone banks for Joe in Minnesota proving Amy’s strength in her home state. She made TV and radio ads endorsing Joe that played overnight.

Do you feel it yet?

Super Tuesday
The forgone conslusion by punditry was that Joe would do well in the South, but New England, Texas, and California were going to be Bernie bastions. Who would think the man who spent zero dollars in many of these states and never visited would win Virginia? Massachusetts? Maine?

Then came Texas.

Are you feeling it now?

Texas started out as thought of loss for Biden, Sanders strong hold with the latino community. The conversation was how could Joe keep the Sanders win down to a minimum?

Minnesota is won easily by Joe Biden.

Texas begins to narrow and evenutally Joe takes the lead and wins.

What in the world was going on? How could Joe Biden win all these states?

Sanders would win California and at first appeared it was going to be a big win. Joe? Joe was looking viable but in a distant third. But wait sports fans, as of writing this, Joe is in second place, 9 points behind.

How did this happen? Rigged? No. Though that is a twitter commonality among certain Sanders corners. So, what happened?

A Democratic Revolution.

After a year of being told Bernie was coming after the Democratic establishment, he accomplished the revolution, just not the revolution he was thinking.

After a year of rat emojis. After a year of snake emojis. After a year of non progressives being told they didn’t care about children, healthcare, student debt, or anyone other than themselves came together and said something simple.

You’re wrong.

Bernie and his more vocal and darker parts of his campaign did something. They galvanized the Democratic party to come together. But there is another person that needs to be thanked for the Democratic Revolution: Donald J Trump.

Democrats looked to the rise of Donald J Trump and how he infiltrated the party and changed it forever. Trump would gain his nomination because of the crowded GOP field that refused to consolidate.

Democrats were not going to allow this to happen. They consolidated. They rose up in one voice to say no. They were not going to allow radical politics fueled through anger and an angry base.

Let’s be clear. Democrats are the Democratic establishment. Black voters are the Democratic establishment. Whites are the Democratic establishment. Latinos are the Democratic establishment. Asian Americans are the Democratic establishment. LGBT are the Democratic establishment. Christians, Muslims, Athiests are the Democratic establishment.
The Democratic establishment did come together. In two days they created a wave that overcame Bernies inevitableness to say, we are the establishment. Unlike other movements, there is room for everyone in the Democratic establishment.

Young people, you’re welcome to stand with us. We want the same goals, we just have a different path to get there. Is the Democratic Revolution perfect? It’s not, which means, there is room for everyone. There is no purity test here except your desire for unity and helping America heal from the past four years and yearning to overthrow the most cruel and non-empathetic President in our history.

It’s not the revolution Bernie was thinking, but it was a revolution none the less.


https://medium.com/rossj503/the-revolution-bernie-wasnt-expecting-bbe9305af004


If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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The Revolution Bernie Wasn't Expecting (Original Post) Otto Lidenbrock Mar 2020 OP
Excellent summation. hlthe2b Mar 2020 #1
Well done relayerbob Mar 2020 #2
Excellent article. Mr.Bill Mar 2020 #3
Yes! sheshe2 Mar 2020 #4
"historic Selma march. All candidates attended, minus Bernie Sanders." tone deaf uponit7771 Mar 2020 #5
I know right? padah513 Mar 2020 #11
Somehow I missed that Obama ad until last night. What hypocrisy! deurbano Mar 2020 #20
In a different recent thread, a DUer offered this short... 3catwoman3 Mar 2020 #6
Oooooh, GOOD one! calimary Mar 2020 #32
I also believe Joe's base including POC is underestimated. LakeArenal Mar 2020 #7
Aloha! Cha Mar 2020 #41
And Joe himself was underestimated. I too believed. Just glad he's running. emmaverybo Mar 2020 #77
Holy WOW ismnotwasm Mar 2020 #8
Exactly! unitedwethrive Mar 2020 #9
luckily..... getagrip_already Mar 2020 #76
I am heartened to read this. I like Amy & Pete a lot, have always done, & this is impressive... Hekate Mar 2020 #10
Spot on piece peggysue2 Mar 2020 #12
YES WE CAN! William769 Mar 2020 #13
Ross Davis, you did a beautiful job! Duppers Mar 2020 #14
Thank you very much! RDavisJ1 Mar 2020 #44
Welcome! Duppers Mar 2020 #46
K & R SunSeeker Mar 2020 #15
Excellent post....really enjoyed it. Thanks Demsrule86 Mar 2020 #16
The Biden people were very smart to time their real entry bucolic_frolic Mar 2020 #17
That last bit was outstanding!! onetexan Mar 2020 #18
AMEN nt ramen Mar 2020 #63
Joe & ... Mersky Mar 2020 #19
Thank you, yes! Can we please beat tRump with the "establishment" and "same txwhitedove Mar 2020 #21
Sanders is at 13% in Florida because he is stubborn and refused to renounce Castro amuse bouche Mar 2020 #22
it's pretty much over for him in the south subana Mar 2020 #36
He didn't learn a damn thing in the last 4 years. He is stubborn beyond belief amuse bouche Mar 2020 #43
And don't forget the insult to injury in 2012 calimary Mar 2020 #38
He cobbled together a fake ad, making it look like, Obama endorses him amuse bouche Mar 2020 #42
Cali, you ALWAYS......... MyOwnPeace Mar 2020 #70
it WAS outrageous!! subana Mar 2020 #71
Spot On!! blue-wave Mar 2020 #23
YES YES YES!!! We need to unit. We need Michael Moore et al to get on board now to show Liberal In Red State Mar 2020 #24
Good piece. marble falls Mar 2020 #25
Yes we can - OhZone Mar 2020 #26
I still have my Obama-Biden campaign wnylib Mar 2020 #34
Yes we can! ha OhZone Mar 2020 #35
Thank you Rep. Clyburn, Amy, Pete and Beto NCProgressive Mar 2020 #27
YES!!!!!!!! BigmanPigman Mar 2020 #51
Bravo! Well said. patphil Mar 2020 #28
Summation: You can only poke a sleeping bear for so long before it rises against you Moderateguy Mar 2020 #29
Epic restoration of the Republic. gordianot Mar 2020 #30
good article, thank you! subana Mar 2020 #31
Thank you sooo much for this article.... Sogo Mar 2020 #33
Beautifully expressed Hav Mar 2020 #37
Thank you for the replies! RDavisJ1 Mar 2020 #39
This is Chilling! Thank you Otto and Ross Davis! Cha Mar 2020 #40
Isn't it! fleabiscuit Mar 2020 #48
And beyond Cha Mar 2020 #49
K&R betsuni Mar 2020 #45
Outstanding. Thank you. nt fleabiscuit Mar 2020 #47
Terrific writing! llmart Mar 2020 #50
Thank you for the kind words. RDavisJ1 Mar 2020 #56
I think MFM008 Mar 2020 #52
this! (Nt) FreepFryer Mar 2020 #53
oh my kpete Mar 2020 #54
Thank you for reading! RDavisJ1 Mar 2020 #55
Welcome to DU!! StevieM Mar 2020 #78
One crucial addition... homegirl Mar 2020 #57
women, I believe, are the group that will decide the election subana Mar 2020 #72
Man, that Feb. 21 tweet of Bernie's didn't age well. SunSeeker Mar 2020 #58
Can't stop us from liking and retweeting he meant. Because they do that up the wazoo. Scurrilous Mar 2020 #65
WOW. That was simply outstanding! Maru Kitteh Mar 2020 #59
Beautiful! Actually brought tears to my eyes question everything Mar 2020 #60
Thanks for posting this Frances Mar 2020 #61
Great article. Thanks. Scurrilous Mar 2020 #62
Cheers, Scurrilous! Cha Mar 2020 #64
This message was self-deleted by its author ahoysrcsm Mar 2020 #66
K & R ahoysrcsm Mar 2020 #67
Excellent. Clyburn lit the fire and many saw the light. Hermit-The-Prog Mar 2020 #68
This is Steller! Upthevibe Mar 2020 #69
Great story n/t dajoki Mar 2020 #73
I keep thinking about this post... It's great! liberalla Mar 2020 #74
Kick! Cha Mar 2020 #75
 

relayerbob

(6,530 posts)
2. Well done
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:38 PM
Mar 2020

This should be viral everywhere

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Mr.Bill

(24,205 posts)
3. Excellent article.
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:39 PM
Mar 2020

Thanks for posting.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

uponit7771

(90,300 posts)
5. "historic Selma march. All candidates attended, minus Bernie Sanders." tone deaf
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:44 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

padah513

(2,492 posts)
11. I know right?
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 01:04 PM
Mar 2020

Then he does an Obama ad after that Tuesday night massacre, even though he alone wanted Obama primaried. Tone-deaf is right

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deurbano

(2,894 posts)
20. Somehow I missed that Obama ad until last night. What hypocrisy!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:42 PM
Mar 2020

What deception!! Pants on fire!! Snake emoji, snake emoji!

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Undecided
 

3catwoman3

(23,920 posts)
6. In a different recent thread, a DUer offered this short...
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:45 PM
Mar 2020

...statement that I think would make a great bumper sticker/ T-shirt/ button etc -

A Revelation Instead Of A Revolution.

(Thnx to BootinUp from Tuesday, 3/03.)

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calimary

(81,003 posts)
32. Oooooh, GOOD one!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:36 PM
Mar 2020

And BRAVO to BootinUp!

“A Revelation Instead of a Revolution.”

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LakeArenal

(28,784 posts)
7. I also believe Joe's base including POC is underestimated.
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:49 PM
Mar 2020

Maybe I was holding my breath. But I believed in Joe and stuck with him since 2018. I bet on the right horse.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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emmaverybo

(8,144 posts)
77. And Joe himself was underestimated. I too believed. Just glad he's running.
Sat Mar 7, 2020, 09:14 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
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unitedwethrive

(1,997 posts)
9. Exactly!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:57 PM
Mar 2020

The movement was just as significantly away from Sanders as it was towards Biden. Bernie is similar to Trump in many ways, and one is that his base is loyal but generally stuck at around 35% in liberal states and much less in more conservative states.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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getagrip_already

(14,547 posts)
76. luckily.....
Sat Mar 7, 2020, 08:48 PM
Mar 2020

I think his toxic base (the ones who will never vote for any dem) is small. The vast majority of his supporters will support the nominee. The others will vote for trump (and would have even if bernie was the nominee), or stay home/vote third party.

The largest portion of his base are pragmatic enough to want trump out. The others can't be convinced and never will be.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
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Hekate

(90,474 posts)
10. I am heartened to read this. I like Amy & Pete a lot, have always done, & this is impressive...
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 12:57 PM
Mar 2020

That the author chose a particular recent statement from perpetually-furious Bernie that lumps Democrats and Republicans together is significant. No, Bernie, the two parties are not the same.

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Duppers

(28,117 posts)
14. Ross Davis, you did a beautiful job!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:21 PM
Mar 2020

Yes, this description is perfection.


If I were to vote in a presidential
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Duppers

(28,117 posts)
46. Welcome!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 08:06 PM
Mar 2020

It's an honor to have you here!

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Demsrule86

(68,440 posts)
16. Excellent post....really enjoyed it. Thanks
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:24 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
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bucolic_frolic

(42,970 posts)
17. The Biden people were very smart to time their real entry
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:25 PM
Mar 2020

after the field began to narrow and with a timely endorsement. They knew he was a top-of-the-pack candidate. Plus they read exasperation with Trump factor perfectly. Yes, I really do think they are this good and that it was not happenstance.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

onetexan

(13,016 posts)
18. That last bit was outstanding!!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:36 PM
Mar 2020

"Democrats looked to the rise of Donald J Trump and how he infiltrated the party and changed it forever. Trump would gain his nomination because of the crowded GOP field that refused to consolidate.

Democrats were not going to allow this to happen. They consolidated. They rose up in one voice to say no. They were not going to allow radical politics fueled through anger and an angry base.

Let’s be clear. Democrats are the Democratic establishment. Black voters are the Democratic establishment. Whites are the Democratic establishment. Latinos are the Democratic establishment. Asian Americans are the Democratic establishment. LGBT are the Democratic establishment. Christians, Muslims, Athiests are the Democratic establishment.
The Democratic establishment did come together. In two days they created a wave that overcame Bernies inevitableness to say, we are the establishment. Unlike other movements, there is room for everyone in the Democratic establishment."

Vote Blue up & down the ballot - we can kick the Idiot and his ilk out


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primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Mersky

(4,972 posts)
19. Joe & ...
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:39 PM
Mar 2020

Joe &
Beto &
Amy &
Pete.
And me.
Beat
tRump.

https://store.joebiden.com/joe-beto-amy-pete-and-me-unisex-black-tee/

Is the t-shirt I ordered from Biden’s store. I love it, because we’re stronger when we work together. I have a great deal of respect for the field of Democratic candidates and has been hard to see many of them go. Warren’s exit has me sulking a bit today.

And I’m also going to pipe down my criticisms of Bernie, and be less flip/emotional when I argue back. I want to listen closer to how their concerns can be heard within the bigger tent - they’ve already made a difference for the better.

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txwhitedove

(3,926 posts)
21. Thank you, yes! Can we please beat tRump with the "establishment" and "same
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:51 PM
Mar 2020

old same old", and THEN progress? First things first.

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amuse bouche

(3,657 posts)
22. Sanders is at 13% in Florida because he is stubborn and refused to renounce Castro
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:02 PM
Mar 2020

He did nothing to sway Black voters, Seniors and college educated women

Bidden will take Mississippi and Georgia too. He will sweep the south
Clearly, Sanders has learned nothing in the last 4 years. It's all so predictable

If I were to vote in a presidential
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subana

(586 posts)
36. it's pretty much over for him in the south
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:56 PM
Mar 2020

earlier today I heard he was planning to go to Mississippi. Then later they said he was canceling the Mississippi trip & decided to go to Minnesota instead. I guess he figured there's not much point in going to Mississippi.

He really should take a little time to learn something about the voters in a state. His Castro comments did not help him in Florida!

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Joe Biden
 

amuse bouche

(3,657 posts)
43. He didn't learn a damn thing in the last 4 years. He is stubborn beyond belief
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 05:28 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
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calimary

(81,003 posts)
38. And don't forget the insult to injury in 2012
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 04:15 PM
Mar 2020

when Bernie decided President Obama needed to be primaried!

OMG! I find that absolutely outrageous, unforgivable, and galling as hell. And I’m a old white woman. I can only imagine how upsetting that must be to the African/American community when some cantankerous know-it-all who should know better threatens to primary the first black president.

BIG mistake. And just what we DID NOT need when our first black president was up for re-election, had already brought us the Affordable Care Act, gotten rid of Osama bin Laden, and saved General Motors while starting to pull America out of the economic disaster that bush/cheney left us with. And we were really supposed to consider primarying him?

Seriously???

My late mother had a favorite phrase that kept going through my mind back then - about somebody who’s “got more nerve than the guy who ate the first oyster.”

If I were to vote in a presidential
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amuse bouche

(3,657 posts)
42. He cobbled together a fake ad, making it look like, Obama endorses him
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 05:26 PM
Mar 2020

Such gall. it pissed me off

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MyOwnPeace

(16,909 posts)
70. Cali, you ALWAYS.........
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 06:27 AM
Mar 2020

come through with a clear, succinct response to whatever the topic is - just LOVE it!!!!

The ACA - General Motors - bin Laden..........

All MAJOR deals done by PRESIDENT OBAMA - and worthy of noting again and again - all done in a time of serious economic distress left to us by another disastrous Repug regime. (Or, as Joe said, "A big F'ing deal!" )

If I were to vote in a presidential
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subana

(586 posts)
71. it WAS outrageous!!
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 07:48 AM
Mar 2020
when Bernie decided President Obama needed to be primaried!


I remember hearing about it at the time. It seemed completely ridiculous that he thought he could get away with that!! I almost wish he had done it. He would have failed even more then as he's doing now!!

More & more I understand why Hillary said no one likes him. I don't like him!!
If I were to vote in a presidential
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Joe Biden
 

blue-wave

(4,338 posts)
23. Spot On!!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:03 PM
Mar 2020

Yes, this is exactly what happened. We Democrats have Bernie pushing from one side and Trump from the other, crushing us in a vice-like grip. It was either unite and fight like hell or be destroyed. We chose unity and fighting back because we know in our hearts and souls that we have a party and country very much worth saving.

Onward with our revolution to the convention and the general election!!

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24. YES YES YES!!! We need to unit. We need Michael Moore et al to get on board now to show
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:06 PM
Mar 2020

strength. Bernie has been campaigning for 8 years and done nothing to galvanize the multiple segments of the Democratic Party. It’s time for Bernie and camp to support the defeat of dRump. This is more important than his revolution.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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wnylib

(21,258 posts)
34. I still have my Obama-Biden campaign
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:43 PM
Mar 2020

button. Can wear it next to Biden-Harris or Warren button.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Joe Biden
 

NCProgressive

(1,315 posts)
27. Thank you Rep. Clyburn, Amy, Pete and Beto
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:12 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

BigmanPigman

(51,544 posts)
51. YES!!!!!!!!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:47 PM
Mar 2020

Team effort won.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Joe Biden
 

Moderateguy

(945 posts)
29. Summation: You can only poke a sleeping bear for so long before it rises against you
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:19 PM
Mar 2020

Amazing article

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

gordianot

(15,228 posts)
30. Epic restoration of the Republic.
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:26 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

subana

(586 posts)
31. good article, thank you!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:28 PM
Mar 2020

I can't believe had those huge audiences all across the country & no one said a word about them!! When Bernie started attracting a lot of people, the media acted like he was the greatest thing since sliced bread! & yet, no one even mentioned Pete's huge crowds!

I love that tweet where he said the rep & dem "establishment can't stop us." They did stop him & it didn't take that long.

When I heard Bernie never asked for Clyburn's endorsement it seemed strange but then I thought it makes sense. Bernie's not a democrat so it's not hard to understand why he wouldn't ask a dem for their endorsement. Luckily, Biden did ask for his endorsement & it was a great one!

The failure to show up for the Selma march was another huge mistake! He should have known that blacks make up a large part of the democratic party, to not even bother to show up is a big, big mistake for a guy who has a problem attracting black voters!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Sogo

(4,983 posts)
33. Thank you sooo much for this article....
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 03:40 PM
Mar 2020

I'm so using it against the Bernie whiners in my life!

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Undecided
 

Hav

(5,969 posts)
37. Beautifully expressed
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 04:05 PM
Mar 2020

This is how Democrats get it done. Not an ego tour by one person who thinks only he has all the solutions. Our best and brightest Democrats seek common ground, listen to and assess the arguments of others and then they work together to achieve what one single person could not.
Biden must have been damn proud that day when he looked around and realized his party is also the home of such brilliant and great persons like Pete, Amy and Beto.

The last part with the message to the young was also important. The goals are very similar but they need to acknowledge that there different paths to get there.

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Joe Biden
 

RDavisJ1

(52 posts)
39. Thank you for the replies!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 05:01 PM
Mar 2020

Thank you very much for the replies and reading my article. If you use twitter, you can follow me @RDavisJ1 . I appreciate all questions and feedback.

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Joe Biden
 

Cha

(296,628 posts)
40. This is Chilling! Thank you Otto and Ross Davis!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 05:23 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(296,628 posts)
49. And beyond
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:36 PM
Mar 2020

Happy!

Hallelujah and Mahalo Lucky Stars!

flea! Backatcha!

If I were to vote in a presidential
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llmart

(15,524 posts)
50. Terrific writing!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:47 PM
Mar 2020

Nice to have a new, fresh voice on DU.

The punditry were tripping all over themselves after Iowa and New Hampshire, slapping the label "front runner" to Bernie's name every time they mentioned him. Then to add insult to injury it was, at least for the first week, the "Democrats are in disarray". Meantime, they couldn't be bothered to report on the huge crowds other Dem candidates were drawing and what they were proposing for the country. The punditry wanted to control the message and the Democrats pulled the rug out from under their narrative after South Carolina proved their prognostications to be something they fabricated out of thin air.

Kudos to the candidates who made the difficult decision to drop out and unify behind Biden. And kudos to all of us Democrats who have from the start adopted the mantle of "Vote Blue No Matter Who."

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

RDavisJ1

(52 posts)
56. Thank you for the kind words.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 12:03 AM
Mar 2020

This primary has been an exercise in learning that maybe Trump wasn't too far off talking about dishonest media. After Iowa, you would have thought Bernie ran away with it and Elizabeth Warren was tearing it up. After New Hampshire, it was all about Amy Klobuchar and Bernie. They were already digging the grave of Joe Biden, had the coffin laid out, and the service was set.

This primary showed, at least to me, the media does indeed have an agenda.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

MFM008

(19,803 posts)
52. I think
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:52 PM
Mar 2020

after maggots enthused support of Sanders a number of people got nervous.
Possible for good reason, tonight on fox
maggot said he had the campaign all set up at Sanders.
Communism =socialism.
like i said 20 times.........

He said nothing about Biden on this issue.
All hes got is Burisma and Sleepy.....

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

kpete

(71,950 posts)
54. oh my
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:05 PM
Mar 2020

quite emotional reading that
thanks

kp

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

RDavisJ1

(52 posts)
55. Thank you for reading!
Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:56 PM
Mar 2020

It really means a lot that someone 1. reads my writing 2. is moved by it.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

StevieM

(10,500 posts)
78. Welcome to DU!!
Sat Mar 7, 2020, 11:38 PM
Mar 2020

This was a great article!!

I hope you keep posting with us.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

homegirl

(1,427 posts)
57. One crucial addition...
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 12:55 AM
Mar 2020

Women are the Democratic revolution-and they vote!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

subana

(586 posts)
72. women, I believe, are the group that will decide the election
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 08:18 AM
Mar 2020

I was very interested to see the increasing numbers of voters as opposed to 2016 or 2008. Women, especially suburban women, are one group that are anti-trump voters!!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

SunSeeker

(51,496 posts)
58. Man, that Feb. 21 tweet of Bernie's didn't age well.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:02 AM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Scurrilous

(38,687 posts)
65. Can't stop us from liking and retweeting he meant. Because they do that up the wazoo.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 02:07 AM
Mar 2020

Seriously, never do predictions without a qualifier of some sort. But he's been wrong so often he's inured to shame. I saw an article from the 70's when he ran for Senate from Vermont and he guaranteed his party (LUP) would break the 5% of vote barrier they routinely missed. Nope. Moving along everyone.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Maru Kitteh

(28,313 posts)
59. WOW. That was simply outstanding!
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:14 AM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

question everything

(47,404 posts)
60. Beautiful! Actually brought tears to my eyes
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:27 AM
Mar 2020

And I would add: many, who do not choose one of the identities detailed above are, too, the Democratic establishment.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Frances

(8,539 posts)
61. Thanks for posting this
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:29 AM
Mar 2020

I am glad I waited to turn in my absentee ballot in CA
I could not decide between Amy, Pete, and Joe.
Amy and Pete are heroes to me.
I wish both great success in the future. Also Beto.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Scurrilous

(38,687 posts)
62. Great article. Thanks.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:42 AM
Mar 2020

No one likes Bernie. No one wants his revolution.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(296,628 posts)
64. Cheers, Scurrilous!
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 01:49 AM
Mar 2020
to the Dem Party!
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

 

Hermit-The-Prog

(33,220 posts)
68. Excellent. Clyburn lit the fire and many saw the light.
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 02:44 AM
Mar 2020

Pete and Amy put country over campaign and ego.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Upthevibe

(7,978 posts)
69. This is Steller!
Fri Mar 6, 2020, 03:59 AM
Mar 2020

Thank you soooooo much for posting this. And after Bernie's interview with Rachel last night and Rachel's interview with Elizabeth Warren tonight......

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

liberalla

(9,213 posts)
74. I keep thinking about this post... It's great!
Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:29 PM
Mar 2020
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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