Well, it does not look like Warren had the night I had hoped she would have, but I hope she stays in the race because I still want to vote for her. For all practical matters, the race is down to Bernie and Biden, and it would not surprise me if Bloomberg bows out because surely there has to be something better to blow his billions on, but honestly, he has so much money I might be wrong about that.
I know a lot of extremely online people thought that Bernie was going to run the map tonight, but honestly I didn’t find anything all too surprising about any of the results, with the notable exceptions of Warren doing so poorly in Mass. and Bloomberg winning American Samoa (WTF???) I’ve always thought Bernie’s support was super deep but not that broad, so it is not surprising to me that he lost a lot of southern states with more moderate Dems and a large AA population. I would not be too surprised if California tightens up in the next couple of weeks as votes are counted.
For four years now, I have been listening to people from deep blue states tell me that Bernie would have won WV in the general election, and I have tried in vain to tell that he would not have, but no one listens to people who actually live here, for whatever reason. This is not to say there are not a lot of very progressive voices in WV- there are quite a few of us who would gladly vote for Sanders and Warren in November, but we would be outweighed by the huge numbers of Trump voters. Bernie capitalized in 2016 in the primary here on four decades of Republican propaganda against Hillary Clinton. It was that simple. This is the state, remember, where a convicted felon who was INCARCERATED IN TEXAS beat Obama in ten counties.
Again, for all intents and purposes, this is now a two person race. Ignore the people who say the race was stolen or is rigged or any crap like that. They’re idiots and just sore their guy or gal lost. What happened today was that people lined up in record numbers and voted. And that will keep happening for another couple months until we have a winner. So if you are in a state that has not yet voted, just keep on keeping on and when it is your turn, if you like Bernie, vote for Bernie. If you like Biden, vote for Biden. I’m still gonna hold out for Liz because I think the race will be decided by May 12th when we finally get to vote, but if it isn’t I will choose then. I may still vote for her because I’m exhausted by the 12 dimensional chess and want to just vote for the person I like best, too.
So that is that. The race is wide opened, and all that has happened is that the field thinned out. We’ll see where it goes from here.