Today is Super Tuesday when primaries are held in 14 states and American Samoa. By this time tomorrow (assuming the Democrats have figured out how to count ballots), we should have a clearer idea of whether Joe Biden is really back in the race or if South Carolina was just a fluke; whether Democratic primary voters actually believe Bernie Sanders is going to help workers just because his ideas are straight out of The Daily Worker; and whether it really is possible for Mike Bloomberg to buy a shot at a major party Presidential nomination by running more ads than My Pillow.
One person who will definitely not be coming out of Super Tuesday a winner is Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race on Monday (too bad if you already voted for her in early voting!) and endorsed Joe Biden. Pete Buttigieg also endorsed Biden, but it took him a couple of days. As usual, President Trump had a hilarious comment, suggesting that these candidates are being promised jobs in a Biden Administration in exchange for their endorsements. Trump said, “That’s called a quid pro quo. QUID!...PRO!...QUO!”
If you’re a Democrat, I urge you to turn out and vote for the loser of your choice. And Republicans, even though Trump is likely a given for the nomination (barring a last-minute surge by Rocky da la Fuente), you should also vote. Not only to make your voice heard, and to scare the media with the pro-Trump turnout, but also because your local races matter. This is true for both parties!
Case in point: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the House of Representatives now because voters in her solid blue New York district thought incumbent Joe Crowley was a shoo-in, so the primary didn’t matter. AOC’s partisans showed up at the polls, and she now has a national platform for her dangerous socialist nonsense, thanks to just 15,897 voters, about the same number as the population of Durant, Oklahoma. Her 4,000-vote winning margin was smaller than the population of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The population of her district is 706,440 people. I'll bet a lot of them wish now that they'd showed up to vote in the last primary so they'd actually have a Congressional Representative.
It’s not too late to do some last-minute research into the candidates. Your local newspaper’s website probably has information on all of them, perhaps even with the editors’ endorsements, which you can take as a cue to vote for or against their pick, based on what you think about their editorials.
It’s important to vote in primaries because it’s not enough just to elect someone with the correct letter after their name in parentheses. Republicans held the House during Trump’s first two years, but stymied much of Trump’s agenda. Then Democrats took over and ignored all pressing issues in favor of impeachment uber alles. You can’t just have power in the hands of your party. It needs to be trusted to the right people in your party. That’s up to you, by turning out and casting an informed vote in your local primary races.