The Democratic Presidential Primaries

The Democratic Presidential Primaries


Occupy SMA Meeting and Discussion
The Democratic Presidential Primaries
Mon, Mar 9, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
TV room
Loreto 15

By Michael Hertz

The Democratic Presidential primaries are well under way. At the time this post is written, Bernie Sanders is leading after flamboyant results in Nevada. But on February 29, comes the South Carolina primary, which Joe Biden is supposed to win (polls show him at 30.7 percent with Sanders at 22.4 percent). The following Tuesday comes the almighty Super Tuesday, with Sanders well ahead of Biden in the top prize states of California and Texas.  There are 15 jurisdictions voting on March 3, and Americans Abroad begin to vote on March 3, and conclude on March 10.

I watched the South Carolina debate on February 25. Everyone attacked everyone else. I agreed with Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren on many issues. Even Mike Bloomberg said things that made sense to me. There must be a way for progressives and the moderates to come together and cooperate. If the Democrats can do that they can win the election and champion programs to deal with climate change, provide Medicare for all, provide free education, and address other important issues. Truly, the future of the United States and the human race hangs in the balance. The election of 2020 may well prove to be the most important election in our lifetimes. Please come and participate when Occupy San Miguel holds a discussion on March 9, in the Hotel Quinta Loreto’s TV Sala starting at 1pm, Calle Loreto 15, Centro. This is an opportunity to discuss the past primaries, including Super Tuesday, and to weigh in on what is likely to happen in the future. Will Bernie Sanders continue to lead, or will Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, or Elizabeth Warren surpass him? What will happen if no candidate gets over half the delegates? Will the DNC control a compromise nomination? If Bernie Sanders leads with just under half of the delegates but isn’t nominated, will this rip the Democratic Party into shreds?

One of Occupy’s members, Michael Hertz, has published an article trying to answer many of these questions: See Nation of Change, “What Will Happen to Bernie?” He will discuss the article at our meeting, and everyone present can give an opinion as we try to guess what the primaries will bring. We’ll also analyze what will happen in the general election. Will Trump be re-elected? Will the Democrats keep control of the House? Can they take back the Senate? Everyone is invited to come and participate. Events at Occupy SMA are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.