Super Tuesday was conceived by Southern Democrats after their devastating loss to Ronald Reagan in 1984. They never again wanted to see an ultra-liberal nominee take the party down to defeat. They had nominated the liberal vice president, Walter Mondale.
(Doug Wead on the road with Democratic presidential candidate, Walter Mondale in 1983. - Ankers Photo.)
Reagan carried every state in the union except Mondale’s home state of Minnesota.
(Doug Wead (L) with Walter Mondale (R) in 1984 - Photo Credit: Doug Wead)
The effort to remake the Democrats nominating process was led by a charismatic southern governor named Chuck Robb.
(Doug Wead with Virginia Governor Chuck Robb, who might be called the father of Super Tuesday, in 1984 - Photo Credit Doug Wead)
He had other allies, including Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Their idea was to get southern states moved up earlier in the nominating process. This, they thought, would empower Democratic black voters and more moderate Southern whites. Of course, the southern governors knew that it would empower them as well. Perhaps they would have their own aspirations.
Super Tuesday was born.
At first it didn’t work. In 1988, liberal Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, was the Democratic nominee. But since then it has hummed along with perfection.
If Chuck Robb failed to win the Democratic nomination for himself, his buddy, Bill Clinton did and the first African American president, Barack Obama, won two terms.
In this 2020 cycle, the Democratic establishment used the event to take out ultra liberal, self-declared socialist, Bernie Sanders. Moderate progressive, presidential nominees, Pete Butigieg and Sen. Amy Klobachar, D-Minn., dropped out of the race just before Super Tuesday and fellow socialist, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., stayed in to split that vote and help the Democratic establishment take down Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts, Texas and other states he would have won.
Lots of experts are saying that in 2020 the Democrats are headed toward a brokered convention. A brokered convention is when no one, single candidate arrives at the national convention with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. Each candidate will be forced to "broker" their delegates on each successive ballot until one gets a majority.
But don’t count on a brokered convention. It makes for colorful commentary but it shows an ignorance of history. In recent years the front-runner almost always wins. In fact, the front-runner going into a convention hasn’t been stopped since 1952 for Republicans and 1924 for Democrats.
That latter convention was when William McAdoo, a member of the Klu Klux Klan and the son in law of President Woodrow Wilson, led on the first ballot for the Dems but didn’t ultimately get the nomination.
The only way there might have been a brokered convention in 2020 was if three candidates, in this case, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg, had each arrived at the convention with enough delegates to be viable.
Super Tuesday eliminated Bloomberg and made It a two-man race.
There are no brokered conventions because there are instead, nowadays, brokered campaigns. Like the stock market, every possible scenario gets baked in before the final investment. Long before they arrive at the convention the delegates will have been traded or bought and there will be a winner.
So how did the establishment Dems steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders?
Very simple. They cut a deal with Sen. Warren.
First she took out Bernie in the debate. He told her a woman couldn’t be elected, she claimed. He denied ever saying it. At the next debate she took out Michael Bloomberg.
She stayed in for Super Tuesday, guaranteeing that the socialist vote would be split and Biden would take Massachusetts and Texas and other states that Sanders would have won.
Biden will pick her as his running mate.
He will say that he is uniting the party but he will actually be rewarding the political assassination of Bernie Sanders.
Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush, with whom he co-authored the book "Man of Integrity." Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.
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