Donald Trump dominated Nikki Haley in New Hampshire.
With the GOP Primary effectively over in most election watchers’ eyes, folks are examining the Democrat contests, or lack thereof more closely.
Among those who’ve noticed that Democrats have effectively refused to hold any real primary contests, some political watchers say Party bigwigs are simply trying to keep President Joe Biden protected and fresh for the General Election.
But others insist the real powers in the party plan to boot Biden once it’s too late for voters to have an actual say at which point they’ll make their plan to hold a coronation at the Democrat National Convention this Summer in Chicago for Michelle Obama.
That theory is indeed possible thanks to the stacked deck Democrat Party officials hold over the nomination process.
Either way they definitely want to ensure there’s no candidate who’s bagged a critical mass of primary votes to emerge as the favorite should Biden take his bow.
Joe Manchin could change everything
A lot of dominos dropped late last year when Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he wouldn’t be seeking a third full term in the United States Senate.
First, with Manchin and his political machine out of the way, Republicans were presented with their best pickup opportunity of the cycle.
If Governor Jim Justice or Representative Alex Mooney is elected to the U.S. Senate, it’ll mark the first time a Republican has held this seat in the now ruby red Mountaineer State since 1959.
And if West Virginia flips, the GOP will only need to net one more pickup to regain control of the Upper Chamber.
However, there’s another big domino wobbling back and forth – and only Manchin knows if it will stand or fall.
Manchin has been heavily rumored to be considering a third-party bid for the White House.
And for his part, West Virginia’s senior Senator hasn’t done much to squash the whispers.
In fact, he just uttered two words that serve as a huge hint to his 2024 intentions – and two words in particular provide a clue to when voters will have a concrete answer to the, “will he, won’t he” drama.
Manchin eying Super Tuesday
Manchin was talking to reporters this week about his favorite subject matter – himself.
He was once again asked if he will mount a third-party bid for President, and his answer has raised eyebrows within the Biden campaign.
“Super Tuesday pretty much confirms whatever is going to happen, what we believe will happen, and we’ll see where we go from there,” Manchin said. “But people are looking for options, and we’re going to be looking at that, too. Whether it’s me or whoever it may be, I think there’s going to be options available if it goes down the way it’s going down.”
The operative words in Manchin’s statement are, “super” and “Tuesday.”
Super Tuesday is when the most primary delegates in each party will be up for grabs in a given day.
This year it’s set for March 5.
That day voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia will cast their primary ballots.
However, the question has to be asked, why wait until Super Tuesday?
While the day has served as a measuring stick and an eliminator in many past primaries for both parties, this cycle, it doesn’t appear to be as important of a date.
Democrats aren’t holding a primary in earnest – meaning unless President Biden changes his mind about running again, he’ll be the Democrats’ nominee.
Meanwhile, with dominating showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as a friendly map ahead of Super Tuesday and massive leads in the polls, former President Trump all but has the GOP nomination locked up.
What new information is Manchin waiting for that he believes Super Tuesday will provide?
It appears voters will have to wait until March 5, to find out.
Who does Manchin hurt more?
In the meantime, the Biden campaign can’t be thrilled with the prospects of Manchin entering the race.
There are already left-wing alternatives to Biden who will be on the general election ballot.
Jill Stein — who took far-left votes away from Hillary Clinton in 2016 — has announced she’ll once again run under the Green Party banner.
Activist Cornel West is running as a woke independent.
And then there’s Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s campaign.
Kennedy was seeking the Democrat nomination, but switched to a third-party run once it became apparent the Democrat Party had no intentions of conducting a fair primary.
The most recent survey from Harvard CAPS-Harris, shows Trump’s lead over Biden widens to 11-points when those third-party candidates are included in the questioning.
Manchin has a bigger name and machine behind him than RFK Jr., Stein or West, which could result in him taking even more votes away from his fellow Democrat.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.