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HORIST: Biden continues his primary wins

HORIST: Biden continues his primary wins

In the second round of primary elections – with Michigan as the big prize – former Vice President Joe Biden continues to run the table on socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.  It is a reflection that a bit of political sanity has returned to the Democratic Party.

Sanders is again proving the case he made in 2016 – that there are not enough radical left voters even in the Democratic Party to give him a majority among Democrat voters.  He can run “as” a Democrat for President of the United States, but Sanders is now, has always been and will continue to be an avowed socialist.

Perhaps if Sanders had remained a Democrat after attempting to seize the Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, he would have had more credibility in 2020.  But He only seems to have fealty for the Democrats when he wants to be President.  Biden has hammered on that issue by billing himself as “a real Democrat … a lifelong Democrat.”

Biden moved out of the loser column with a very impressive win in South Carolina.  His support from black Democrats proved a unique benefit in a state where approximately 60 percent of Democrat voters are black.  Biden benefited by having a number of Super Tuesday primaries in states where blacks had disproportionate strength in the Democrat primaries.

But it was in northern states that Biden exposed the lack of support for Sanders’ radical revolution. He beat Sanders with virtually every demographic category of voters with the possible exception of the youngest – and once again, they did not come out in high numbers.

In the latest round of primaries, Biden beat Sanders in the Vermont senator’s “must win” state of Michigan – and by a very comfortable margin.  Biden crushed Sanders in Mississippi.  And even in the one state that Sanders was expected to win big – Washington State – Biden eked out a razor thin win and an even split in delegates at last count.

If not Washington State, wherein any future primary can Sanders come out on top?

It is numerically possible for Sanders to yet win the nomination – and even slightly more possible for him to prevent Biden from securing enough delegates to secure the nomination before the convention.  But the odds are not good.

That slim chance should not be enough to keep Sanders in the race, but he well knows that the more delegates he has in Milwaukee, the more powerful he is – especially in terms of the development of the Democrat Platform.

Sanders has dragged the Democratic Party to the left.  There is no doubt about that.  And he remains a man obsessed with his radical agenda.  If given the chance, Sanders will produce a Platform that will hang around the neck of Biden and his vice-presidential candidate like an albatross.

It looks like Biden has a clear road to the nomination at this point – as long as he does not have a major health issue or makes more unsettling gaffes.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Fire21

    Although many young voters seem to prefer socialism, it appears that middle to elder age voters are choosing to avoid it, and are going with a dementia-stricken candidate. To me the real fear is in whomever Biden selects for a running mate…Hillary? Warren? Some other?

  2. Craig Michael Vandertie

    People fail go consider that “Bolshevik Bernie Lenin-Sanders” has been a member of the Communist party his entire adult life or do you do not recall the policies he promoted as mayor of Burlington, VT all Socialist/Communist ideas.

  3. Tom Oakley

    Quid Quo Joe,what a joke,don’t matter if your a crook anymore,they all are,got rich off of tax payer money.

  4. Knobby

    It is not hard to figure out why the youngest voters are supporting Sanders. They are looking at a lifetime sentence with tuition debt hanging on their leg like a ball and chain. These are Federal loans, not bank loans, and the terms are so bad that the would be criminal, if not passed by a Congress that allows their bills to be written by lobbyists.
    I am a conservative, small business owning conservative, but tuition debt packaging is one more form of Wall Street engineered enslavement which should be overturned. Maybe not a Jubilee, but the institutions of higher learning should be involved in the solution, since they are a part of the problem. The borrowed money went to private and state higher education, that have blown it all on resort-like dormitories, athletic facilities and coaching, and bloated administrations.
    OK – I got off on a rant. But the Sanders base is not too hard to understand.