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Biden Bounces Back

March 5, 2020 --

The February 19 posting of LPR carried an item suggesting that Joe Biden's fifth place showing in the New Hampshire Democrat primary signaled the end of his campaign for the presidency. 

On March 4, following his February 29th win in the South Carolina Democrat primary, and his "Super Tuesday"  (March 3rd)  victories in eight Democrat primaries, the former vice president leads Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democrat delegate count, 509 to 458. 

The Democrat nomination goes to the candidate with at least 1,991 delegate votes. 

Sen. Sanders told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week," March 1 that the nomination should go to the candidate leading in delegate votes.  As of Super Tuesday, it is far from certain that the Vermont senator will get to the July Democrat National Convention with a plurality of delegates.  Before Super Tuesday, businessman Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended their presidential bids, with Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsing Biden.  March 4,  Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race and Sen. Elizabeth was reported to be reassessing her candidacy.

LPR wonders if, now that he is trailing Mr. Biden in delegate strength,  Senator Sanders will question Mr. Biden's role in overseeing U.S. policy in Ukraine, including his role in removing the prosecutor probing Burisma, the energy company that paid Hunter Biden more than $80 thousand a month to be a member of its board.

Whoever is the presidential nominee of the Democrat party in 2020, LPR believes the major political  theme will be anti-Trump: that he must not be re-elected if the nation is to remain a democracy.  Biden will be no less vitriolic in campaigning against the president than Sanders would be. 

Biden has alread denounced the president as an  "existential" threat to the country and sees the 2020 campaign as a battle for the country's soul.   LPR believes that Bobby Jindal, former GOP governor of Louisiana and 2016 presidential candidate, is wide of the mark, writing in The Wall Street Journal, March 3, that Biden will bring about a return to bipartisan civility in politics.  The former governor apparently has not realized that when a Democrat calls for bipartisanship, he or she is demanding that the Republicans surrender to Democrat demands.  LPR would correct Mr. Jindal to predict that the country  faces the next nine months, covering, by the way,  the entire span of the major league baseball season, with unrelenting demonization of President Trump by the Democrats, backed by their media allies.

And by the November 3rd election day, LPR has a hunch that Mr. Biden's  fifth place  showing in the New Hampshire primary will be more indicative of the result of the 2020 presidential campaign than his victories in the Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia primaries on March 3, 2020.

The next round of Democrat primaries will be held on March 10, in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota and Washington State.  The Democrat National Convention will meet  in Milwaukee, July 13 - 16.   The Republican National Convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 24 - 27.