We’ve been saying all along that Biden was going to get the nomination, and the democrats, independent of placating to an extreme base, would never put an actual socialist on the ticket. Nevertheless, the debate still rages, and advertisers are likely laughing to the bank.
The media on the left is split in frustration as to the surge of Biden, the moderates are happy, the progressives, are not.
“I don’t think Sanders would be able to accomplish his aims as president any more than he has been able to as a senator (he was a primary sponsor of only seven bills that became law, and they are mostly insignificant items, such as naming post offices or designating ‘Vermont Bicentennial Day’). What the Democrats need to stage a revolution, or even a healthy evolution, is to win not only the presidency but also the House and the Senate… Increasingly there’s a sense that in practice the real ‘change candidate’ may be Joe Biden — because he has a better chance of winning the presidency and helping to elect a Democratic Congress — and that’s why he was the big winner on Super Tuesday.”Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
“The Ukraine situation makes Biden much riskier than many believe… One of Biden’s central rationales for running against Trump is restoring dignity and honor to the White House, an argument that could be undermined in the public’s eye by even the whiff of scandal…
“A mid-February Politico-Morning Consult poll found that 30 percent of independent voters were ‘less likely’ to support Biden as a result of the [Ukraine] controversy, while only 5 percent were ‘more likely’ (41 percent said it made no difference). Twelve percent of Democrats said that it made them less likely to support the former Vice President as well… If they do settle on Biden, Democrats may well go into the November election much like they did in the 2016 election: with an increasingly unpopular Democratic candidate hobbled by accusations of corruption.”
Zack Beauchamp, Vox
The Right has been voicing an opinion that the mainstream media keeps pushing far lest progressives, but the people, even the democrats, do not actually want to be laden with trillion-dollar socialist bureaucracies.
“Mr. Biden’s Super Tuesday upset should be regarded as the voters’ second recent pushback against conventional political wisdom [that progressivism is on the march in the US]. The first, of course, was Donald Trump’s win in 2016. Super Tuesday’s vote was a victory for moderates, while 2016 was a win for conservatives and dissenters in general. Progressives, however much they dominate the culture, keep losing big, competitive elections.”
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal