(UPDATED) And Then there Were Five Democratic Presidential Candidates; It is important to Unite

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With the withdrawals of Tom Steyer on Saturday, Pete Buttigieg on Sunday, and Amy Klobuchar today (Monday,) the Democratic Primary Race has shrunk to five candidates.

Actually, four because Tulsi Gabbard has largely been a nonfactor for several months.

The race for the Democratic Nomination now pits two more liberal progressive candidates (Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders) against two pragmatic progressive candidates (Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg.)

Klobuchar has already endorsed Biden and is flying to Dallas to headline a rally with him. Buttigieg has followed suit and will join her with Biden in Texas

Steyer has not announced who he will now support among the remaining five contenders.

It is a shame in a way because the Democrats have put forth a stellar roster of Presidential Candidates this election season. Many were dynamic, experienced, and progressive voices who ran for the nomination in this primary process. Four of the now withdrawn candidates were Progressive two-term Governors.

Unfortunately, there can only be one nominee (two if one of the individuals vying for the nomination is selected or the Vice Presidential slot.)

When that happens, either before or, if no candidate gets enough delegates, during the convention, it is important to unite behind the nominee.

Any one of the remaining four viable candidates (Warren, Biden, Bloomberg, and Sanders) would be far superior to Mr. Trump in the White House.

It is vital to maintain an open mind during the remainder of the primary process, vote for who individuals think is the best candidate, and band together behind the nominated ticket after the convention to campaign and beat the Trumpists and their reactionary program of nativism, economic and social injustice, and backwardness in as many local, state, and national races as possible.

Election Day (November 3, 2020) is 246 days away.

A United Democratic Party can vanquish the stench of Trumpism-Tea Partyism once and for all.

But only if they do it united and together.

 

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Biden had no business big-footing his way into the primary. Like the Vulgar Talking Yam he is a fabulist (see his recent Nelson Mandela comments) and still entertains the delusion that the other side of the aisle will work with him. Like Bloomberg, Buttigieg & Klobuchar he wants to be President for the sake of being President. All of which makes Biden a poor choice. If he gets the nod it will probably be Hillary Clinton all over again & there goes our Democracy. He’s a lousy candidate and if elected, will be a mediocre President.

  2. Yeah it’s always about “unity.” I can’t begin to even remember the number of candidates I’ve had to vote for that I didn’t like. And it’s very likely that Status Quo Warmongering JOE Obama-is-my-Bestie BIDEN will be another one.

    Oh, the pain…

    So I wonder how long this “strategy” has been in the works, coalescing around Biden? Everyone knew that Biden would win big in South Carolina and Jim Clyburn’s endorsement gave him a huge victory in the first state primary he has ever won. So that was no surprise. Then, on the eve of Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar drop out and are going to endorse Biden at a rally tonight. So I wonder what they have been promised? Could it be a BIG JOB in the Biden Adminstration assuming there is going to be one? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

    If I were a Pete or Amy supporter I think I would want a refund if they couldn’t hang in there at least through Super Tuesday.

    And, to complete my rant, I would just say that the Democratic establishment and their minions with their vitriolic hatred for Bernie Sanders and his supporters (as in “Bernie must be stopped”) doesn’t do much for unity. These great thinkers and planners cleared the way for the inevitable Hillary Clinton and that may just turn out to be the catalyzing event that leads to the loss of the republic. It’s headed there, that’s for sure. And I’m afraid that until that generation is totally dead, like on the other side of the grass, the Democratic leadership will continue to make epic mistakes.

    I know these party leaders would much rather Joe win the majority of delegates in the primaries, but if not, they fully intend to give him the nomination at the convention.

    • The Democratic Party is a corporation, same as the GOP, and they do not work for us, they work for their shareholders.

      If they’d spent the last 30 years running on FDR’s Second Bill of Rights instead of “insert foul anatomical description here” for corporations Trump would still be hosting a fake game show.

      If Biden beats Trump it’s not because he’s the best man for the job, it will be because of turnout against Trump.

      I don’t think that’s a good strategy. I don’t think Biden can keep it together until November. He’s an addle minded corporate Dem.

      No Malarkey? That’s his slogan. That’s the sword he’ll wield to defeat Make America Great Again?

      And yet again I’m going to vote in anger against someone instead of for my values.

      • Yeah, the Trump-Biden debates should be interesting. Geriatric semi-illiterate con-man v. geriatric confused goofball.

      • Liza, my comment at the top of this thread was meant as a response for your “Unity” comment. For some reason clicking on the “Reply” to any particular post only allows a fresh comment instead of a response. At least in Firefox.

        That said, I read somewhere that the Democratic Establishment is the car that won’t get out of the way of the ambulance.

        • That is so funny and true about the Democratic Establishment, except it’s more like a Mack truck than a car.

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