Last Sunday We Said, “So Many ‘B’ Candidates, So Little Time”

Remember when Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren hadn't bowed out? Yeah, that was Sunday.

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There were 20 of them, then there were six or eight of them and now there are two of them. Also, get off my lawn!

So, it was Sunday, and my partner in this weekly podcast, Elizabeth Burke (for whom the Burke’s Law podcast is named), and I had an intense discussion about the state of the race in the Democratic Party. Former Vice President Biden hadn’t yet romped, unexpectedly, all across the country on Super Tuesday, winning 10 out of 14 states, including places like Minnesota, Massachusetts and Maine where nobody expected him to win or even perform well. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg hadn’t done mediocrely or poorly on Super Tuesday yet, and they hadn’t yet bowed out — I mean, the idea wasn’t all that much at the forefront of our minds. And for sure the idea that Elizabeth Warren would not do wildly well on Super Tuesday, either, and for sure the idea that she would drop out of the race — well, that all seemed unthinkable, improbable, laughable just a few days ago. But there we were, Liz and I, having our usual Sunday recording session for this podcast, trying to figure out the state of the race, the state of the country, the state of the world — and, for the briefest and most shining of shining moment, we even tittered and joshed and jested about coronavirus, since last Sunday was before we understood just how much of a homicidal maniac is the terminally mentally addled Russian asset squatting in the White House, Donald Trump, casually ignoring science while Americans start to die.

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But this is the name of the game these days, isn’t it? You think you’re creating a piece of news writing or some commentary or some dialogue or this whole thing that used to be fondly considered “journalism,” only to discover that 10 minutes after you’ve finished with it, it’s already well on its way to being the latest fossil in the Museum of Old News. That’s the utter insanity of the world we live in. And while I certainly can’t know whether electing an individual other than the Russian asset squatting in the White House might make the world more sane, or more kind, or more safe for American democracy, I do know that any of the various candidates who were up for votes this past Tuesday would be, on their worst day on the planet, infinitely better people in the White House, infinitely smarter, infinitely more decent, infinitely more patriotic, infinitely more American. And for that reason alone, I invite you to listen to the episode that Liz and I recorded last Sunday — and get ready, as we have a whole new episode coming your way this Sunday, too.

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