Interesting. The Times has never endorsed two candidates before. In this endorsement the editorial boards write: “both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration.”
On the radical side, The Times chose Elizabeth Warren over Bernie Sanders because Sanders is too old, has a political style that is not conductive to compromise, and is too “divisive.”
On the realist side, The Times chose Klobuchar because Mike Bloomberg is too rich and has not allowed “several women with whom he has nondisclosure settlements to speak freely.” Joe Biden is too old and is running a politics of nostalgia. Pete Buttigieg is too young. Andrew Yang has no experience.
The history of the editorial board would suggest that we would side squarely with the candidate with a more traditional approach to pushing the nation forward, within the realities of a constitutional framework and a multiparty country. But the events of the past few years have shaken the confidence of even the most committed institutionalists. We are not veering away from the values we espouse, but we are rattled by the weakness of the institutions that we trusted to undergird those values.
There are legitimate questions about whether our democratic system is fundamentally broken. Our elections are getting less free and fair, Congress and the courts are increasingly partisan, foreign nations are flooding society with misinformation, a deluge of money flows through our politics. And the economic mobility that made the American dream possible is vanishing.
Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it.
Read the entire endorsement here.
Newspapers endorsement don’t mean much. The real issue in this primary is whether Warren or Sanders can beat Joe Biden. My guess is that most die-hard New York Times readers (or at least those who share the paper’s progressive-leaning politics) were already supporting Warren.
If the polls are correct, Biden should roll through Iowa, he will either win or finish in the top three in New Hampshire, and he will easily win in Nevada and South Carolina. On Super Tuesday (March 3, 2020) he will win Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma. He will also bring home a nice delegate haul in California, whether he wins or loses the state.
According to FiveThirtyEight, Biden is will roll to the nomination.
Warren will win most likely win Massachusetts and Maine. Klobuchar will not win a single state–not even Minnesota.
Buckle your seat belts! The Iowa caucuses take place on February 3.