Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Post-Super Tuesday

I'm late on posting on Super Tuesday because I tweeted something negative about Joe Biden under a hashtag and people had feelings to share about it. Anyway, that was disappointing, huh? Unless you're a Biden supporter.

I had really hoped that Bernie would do well enough to force the DNC to nominate him. As it is now, Bernie is only 65 delegates behind Biden, who I had thought was practically out (and man was that putting me in a good mood), but it means that my original prediction was right! It's going to be a showdown between those two, and I'm going to have anxiety all the way up to the convention and then we'll have to rely on super delegates and the DNC establishment to play fair. Whoops.

I am glad that Bloomberg dropped out, though. Fuck that guy.

But it's disheartening to see all the candidates who were trying to act progressive fall right in line behind the Democrat establishment with their dropouts and endorsements. I wonder what they were offered in exchange? We may never know.

I'm exhausted to death over the ongoing debate/fight between Bernie and Liz supporters over whether Liz should drop out. If Bernie doesn't win, I'm sure Liz will get all the blame, and then if Biden loses, to Trump, we still have a female candidate we can blame! Bernie supporter or not, I'm not going to pretend I don't see the sexism at play here. Would it have been better for Bernie if Warren had dropped out and supported him before Super Tuesday? Probably. Does that mean she should have done it? I don't know. But I don't feel comfortable calling her a traitor to progressive ideas for not doing that.

I don't know what it's like to run for president, but I do feel like if you're going to have dreams that big, they must be difficult to let go. I don't know what her advisors are telling her. I've heard that she took some super PAC money but I don't really know, I'm tired.

Right now all I want to do is focus on supporting Bernie and beating Joe. Part of me does want Warren to drop out and support Bernie, but I just don't feel like I can demand that of someone who is not a white male billionaire who thinks he can buy the presidency with constant annoying ads.

I feel like this comes down to playing the game vs. following your heart. We all kind of hate the political games, right? What I'd really like to do is get rid of this ridiculously complicated primary/caucus system to choose a nominee and replace it with a national vote that takes place on one day. Early voting allowed of course but no releasing results until the polls close on that one day. No more waiting to see who's doing well, no more votes wasted because your candidate dropped out after you voted. Who has the time and energy for all this wheeling and dealing and political bullshit?

All it does is give more advantage to the people who already have the most money and power. The candidates who have that can afford the staff and tech necessary to see changes coming, to offer perks to candidates to drop out and support them, to react to the unexpected with ads and whatever else costs money, it's all going to be easier with more money and more political friends.

But we can't get rid of the system that benefits the rich and powerful because it makes it so the rich and powerful keep winning, and why would they get rid of something that benefits them so much? And round and round it goes.

I haven't given up hope but my cautious optimism has been replaced with a feeling of dread. I don't know what's going to happen but if the nominee is Biden I am going to be very sad. I can vote for him, but I can't be excited about him. I'll only be further convinced that electoral politics won't save us.

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