Super Tuesday has come and gone, taking with it the candidacies of Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Good riddance. When it was all said and done, Bloomberg spent more than $500 million on political advertising in a matter of months, only to win American Samoa. (The entire GDP of American Samoa is $636 million.) His message — whatever message that was — simply didn’t resonate with voters, nor did his long history of sexism.
Warren, meanwhile, couldn’t figure out what she was selling. Wall Street’s arch-nemesis? Feminist crusader? Policy wonk? Given Warren’s utter lack of authenticity — rivaling even Hillary Clinton in that regard — none of it rang true. She never rose to frontrunner status, trailing Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders for months until it was simply too late.
Yet, despite the failures of Bloomberg and Warren, the remnants of the Democratic field may be even worse. Now Democrats are stuck with a 78-year-old socialist and a 77-year-old former vice president who has, well, seen better days.
Let’s start with “The Bern,” the first of the left’s two frontrunners. It’s difficult to understate just how left-wing Sanders is, but he is the most liberal frontrunner for a presidential nomination in the history of American politics.
Sanders leans further left than even most Democrats, supporting “College for All,” “Housing for All,” and “Medicare for All. If it’s “for all,” Sanders probably supports it. Oh, and don’t forget the $93 trillion Green New Deal — a staple of the Sanders platform, as he attempts to “fundamentally transform our energy system.”
How would he pay for all his promises? Your guess is as good as mine, but he wouldn’t just tax the “1 percent.” One example is a 4 percent “income-based premium” — in other words, a tax — on employees, exempting the first $29,000 in income for a family of four.
If your family earns more than $29,000, guess what? Your taxes are going up — way up.
Then there’s Biden, who claims to be a centrist Democrat but in reality steals pages from the Sanders playbook. Going after “Wall Street bankers and CEOs and hedge fund managers,” the former vice president is committed to rolling back President Trump’s historic tax cuts while hiking taxes to combat climate change.
Let’s be clear: Any candidate who campaigns on a “clean energy revolution and environmental justice” — whatever that means — isn’t much of a moderate at all.
How can Americans trust Biden to deliver when he gives us a gaffe a day? Even Trevor Noah, the liberal host of “The Daily Show,” criticized Biden’s cluelessness, claiming “he still has opponents in this race… the most difficult is himself.” Noah went so far as rounding up Biden’s gaffes over a 24-hour period — from the names of TV anchors to the words “Super Tuesday.” Not even the Declaration of Independence was safe.
In short, the 2020 version Biden is a laughingstock, while Sanders would move the United States closer to communism than we’ve ever been before. And that’s the Democratic field.
What a disaster. If either candidate is elected, all of the successes of the Trump administration would be reversed. Why should we risk that?
In February, America’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.5 percent (a record low), while average hourly earnings reached a year-over-year gain of 3 percent. In other words, working Americans are finding jobs aplenty and seeing higher take-home pay to boot.
Even more impressively, the U.S. economy continues to exceed analysts’ expectations, despite the spread of the coronavirus. Last month, the Trump economy added 273,000 jobs — beating expectations of 165,000 jobs created. That’s 100,000 jobs more than expected!
Now in its 11th year, the U.S. economy is experiencing the longest expansion in history, and showing no signs of slowing down. At the same time, President Trump remains committed to building the border wall and giving our military the resources it needs to keep us safe.
Do we really want to give this up? For a ranting and raving socialist or a bumbling buffoon? I don’t think so.
Vote for President Trump and send this Democratic field where it belongs: The ash heap of history.