What a week it was on the Democratic side of politics - so much change in so little time.
During the months before Super Tuesday (March 3), Bernie Sanders was riding high as a presidential candidate. Non-Bernie people were wringing hands and fearing dire consequences of having an extremist as standard bearer. It was a big concern how to “stop the Bern."
A week before Super Tuesday, things looked very bleak for Joe Biden. However, as he predicted, South Carolina, with great help from Rep. James Clyburn, was very good to Biden on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Then came the very surprising Super Tuesday on March 3. The “Bernie bern” stopped burning. If it was flaming before, it is now fizzling badly.
On the same single day, the Biden campaign flamed upward and onward, from a faltering to a leading position. On Super Tuesday, with the convincing win in South Carolina fresh in mind, voters in 14 states turned out with 10 solid victories for Biden. Some of those were quite unexpected. All were by wider margins than ever were predicted in just the week before.
Before Super Tuesday, Sanders predicted big victories, but he didn’t get them. Biden predicted that his campaign would rejuvenate, and it certainly did. Biden had more or less labeled himself as an older “comeback kid," and he was.
We’ve been through this a few times before. As we saw last week, things can and do change dramatically overnight.
We may already have a more definitive result occurring between the time I’m writing this column and the time you’re reading this weekly newspaper - after another big primary Tuesday, March 10.
What will the near future bring? No one knows, but it sure looks good for Biden, and all of us leaning to loud Biden supporters.
In all likelihood, Michigan will have told the story on Tuesday. If Biden won there and did reasonably well in the other states, building on his newfound plurality status, I won’t say it will be all over; but the finish line will be well in sight.
On Sunday night, an unusual trio appeared on national television in unified support for Joe Biden for president. Two well-known, former Republican governors - John Kasich of Ohio and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California - flanked former Massachusetts senator, Democratic nominee for president and Secretary of State John Kerry to band together in setting up a concerted nationwide anti-Sanders, anti-Trump and pro-Biden for president effort.
Sanders is now attacking Biden directly and loudly, with some questionable fact assertions. We peaceful old-timers see such tactics as desperate, questionable and non-productive. It may hurt, but may also backfire on Bernie. We will know by the time that you read this.
Let’s go Joe - from now to November.