Democrats, chill out. We have a long way to go before we have a nominee. Sure Iowa was a cluster f–k and New Hampshire offered little surprises other than a major showing for Senator Amy Klobuchar coming in third ahead of both Biden and Warren. Both Mayor Pete and Bernie went one and two, and it doesn’t matter in which order since, and here’s the important part, neither Iowa nor New Hampshire is reflective of either the Democratic party or the country. They are both out of touch with our country’s diversity, average age and economics. Iowa has a caucus that is unfair to working families and those experiencing economic hardship and poverty. New Hampshire Unaffiliated voters can vote in the Democratic primary through loopholes. What does this tell us?
The real race for the Democratic nomination for president starts on Feb. 22 in Nevada. Even though it’s a caucus, it’s more reflective of the country as a whole. And because it’s a caucus, it favors those candidates with organization and money. That means we should see Bernie and Pete on top again. Amy, who has some momentum from New Hampshire, has little organization or funds for Nevada. Then on Feb. 29, the first real primary that reflects this country’s demographic’s will be in South Carolina. That’s important why?
By the time we get to South Carolina, the two front runners will have momentum. But they will run into the wall of diversity that is South Carolina. If they can maneuver, win over a diverse population and be one of the top three, they go on. Anything else, then it’s time to consider options for staying in. But either way, candidates will run into another hurdle a week later: Super Tuesday, with primaries in 15 states and territories. The wild card on Super Tuesday is a new name that comes into play: Michael Bloomberg, whose self-financed campaign will spend at least double what the other candidates can on TV advertising. Bloomberg’s campaign is well-oiled, well-financed and organized.
So, this is over by no means. The only point that each of us — and each candidate — should repeat is that we will vote for whichever Democrat becomes the nominee. Feel free to support who you will until there’s a nominee, but at that point, you owe it to your community and your country to support that nominee with your vote and, more importantly, your voice.