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Primary Voters Decisively Rejected the Media's Favorite Candidates

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Ben Cranklin

Democratic Primary Voters Decisively Rejected the Media's Favorite Candidates

The pundits and newspapers pushed Warren, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg, but Super Tuesday voters just wanted boring old Biden and Bernie.

ROBBY SOAVE | 3.3.2020 10:34 PM

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As Super Tuesday finally transfigures the Democratic presidential nomination process into a binary choice between two old, occasionally problematic white men whose enduring popularity is consistently underrated by a baffled mainstream press, it's worth reflecting on just how poorly the media's preferred candidates performed in the 2020 race.

 

In the end, The New York Times' dual Democratic presidential endorsements—bestowed upon both Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.)—were like the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway?: They just didn't matter.

 

Nor did the media's fawning over South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, early flirtation with Beto O'Rourke, and absolute worship of Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) resonate with the millions of Americans living outside the Acela corridor.

 

Instead, Democratic voters indicated over and over again that they were most interested in the popular former vice president and the iconoclastic but well-respected runner-up from the 2016 Democratic race. Before the actual primaries, Biden consistently led in polls and Sanders performed well—and then the eventual voting followed this pattern, with early wins for Sanders and a comeback surge from Biden. The idea that any other candidate had a particularly likely shot at the nomination was always pundit-driven misdirection from a class of commentators demanding more interesting, intersectional characters, because the commentators themselves are more interested in identity-based diversity than the rest of the country...

 

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When normal people don't give a sh!t about whom the media instructs everyone to vote or not vote for, it's always a big blow to the collective ego of that same self-important media. Their narcissism was so wounded and enraged by the last election they'll never stop trying to lash out at Trump, for example.

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

The media has lost their ability to mesmerize most people with their bullshidt propaganda and most people know that the media's proggy commies really do despise them and believe that they are all stupid.

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