“Biden Takes Command of Race, Winning Four States Including Michigan”
- Editor’s note: Though this state is too close to call, Warren, Bloomberg, Buttigieg and Klobuchar have all endorsed Biden, and their voters would likely stay with Biden in the general election. The large turn-out coupled with Biden doing so unusually well in Washington, is a referendum on Democrats wanting to defeat Trump.
“Replicating the combination of voters that delivered him broad victories a week ago on Super Tuesday, Mr. Biden won Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi with overwhelming support from African-Americans and with large margins among suburban and rural white voters.
“Mr. Biden was also named the winner in Idaho, leaving little doubt by the end of the night that Mr. Sanders had lost his recent status as the progressive front-runner in a race defined for months by feuding and factionalism on the moderate wing of the Democratic Party. It wasn’t until Wednesday morning that Mr. Sanders picked up his first victory, in North Dakota, while Washington remained too close to call,” by Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, The New York Times. Read more
“Jim Clyburn Saves the Democrats”
- Editor’s note: A brilliantly sterling analysis by the brilliant Peggy Noonan!
“He didn’t just endorse Biden when his campaign was in trouble. He showed him how to revive it.”
“No one has seen anything like it. It will live in our political lore. There’ll be some bright 32-year-old kid running a campaign in 2056 and his guy will be down three in a row and the elders will take him to the Marriott bar and tell him, “Ya gotta get out, handwriting’s on the wall,” and he’ll nod, slump-shouldered. Then he’ll get this steely look, this young-wild-James-Carville look, and he’ll say, “Joe Biden was over in ’20. Nothing is written.”
“There were many elements to what happened. Democrats love to say they’re not members of any organized political party, they’re Democrats; they love to say Democrats fall in love while Republicans fall in line. That’s their self conception and their story line and it’s mostly malarkey, as someone would say. You don’t get these staggered endorsements and coordinated statements without organization, power centers and money lines.
“But this is about the human part, the historic part, the speech Rep. Jim Clyburn gave that saved Mr. Biden. It was Wednesday morning. Feb. 26, in the College Center at Trident Technical College on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, S.C. Mr. Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, spoke without text or notes, just a man at a mic with a blank wall behind him,” by Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal. Read more