While it would seem like former Vice-President Joe Biden has the nomination in hand, not all is as it seems. That’s why the recent ruling that the state of New York must hold its Democrat primary in June an outsized impact on the race.
The ruling came about due to a lawsuit that former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang brought against the city. According to Yang, canceling the primary would deprive millions of Democrats in the state of their right to select their party’s presidential candidate.
However, it’s not just the “Yang Gang” who has cause to celebrate. Supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were also enraged by the cancelation, and are eager to make their voices heard in the June primary. While Sanders is out of the race, he is still openly vying for delegates so as to have more of an impact on the official party platform.
At the same time, there is another aspect of the primary reinstatement that many fail to notice. Dick Morris, who served as a campaign manager and political advisor for former President Bill Clinton, recently noted that Governor Cuomo may have been hoping to start a trend by canceling the NY primary. If other states followed suit, then the former VP would not have the number of candidates needed to win the nomination outright. Such a scenario would lead to a brokered convention, and possibly Cuomo’s nomination.
It seems far-fetched, but it isn’t impossible. Democratic operatives know all too well that Biden has as serious enthusiasm deficit, and many progressive Americans have warmed to Cuomo due to his visibility throughout the coronavirus pandemic — which hit New York harder than anywhere else in America.
Democrats are already pushing for Gov. Cuomo to replace Biden due to the fact that the former Vice President has a hard time speaking in an intelligible manner in any sort of public setting. His repeated gaffes are already giving the GOP plenty of ammo for the upcoming election, and it’s difficult to imagine him being able to hold his own against a belligerent President Trump. Of course, there are also the growing number of sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden which appear to be credible. At the very least, the Biden camp has responded to the allegations very poorly.
At present, it’s not easy to know if there is more to the New York Democrat primary cancellation than meets the eye. What can be said for certain is that the Democrat Party is becoming more fractured by the day. Party voters, along with failed presidential candidates, know that the DNC cares far more about installing an anointed appointee than it does about the democratic process.
While Gov. Cuomo claims he has no interest in running for president, the odds are that he would gladly accept the nomination if given the chance. At this point, the DNC has made it clear that it will take what it can get.