There’s a lot to worry about right now. COVID-19 is ripping through America, unemployment is soaring, and soon healthy folks will have to put on their “going out sweatpants” and head to the polls.
The Wisconsin primary election is still scheduled for April 7, and a lot is at stake. There’s a contentious Democratic presidential primary, and voters will also make a choice for state Supreme Court. Add in local contests for school and county boards and a confusing referendum and it’s a lot to process given the existential circumstances.
Over the next couple days, let’s look at what’s on the ballot. Next up:
President of the United States
You thought the 2016 race was bad? Buddy, you’re in for a rude awakening. Donald Trump is running for re-election, which he’s pretty much been doing since he took office. He will be the Republican nominee; the GOP is Trump’s party now. The question is who will be squaring off against him.
There are still about a dozen names on the ballot, but it’s a two-horse race at this point between former veep Joe Biden and independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party is hedging on Biden, who’s secured endorsements from former opponents like Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. Biden is a centrist, which some Democrats hope will sway #NeverTrump Republicans. He’s also super charismatic, with an innate ability to connect with voters on a personal level. Biden is also strongly anti-malarkey.
But it’s telling that some of his strongest policy stances came from being pushed left by Bernie. Without tipping my hand, I think the greatest case for the Vermont senator is his advocacy for Medicare for All. In the middle of a deadly pandemic, it’s not unreasonable to ask why we’re the only major country in the world without nationalized healthcare. Yet even as the death toll continues to rise, Biden is still pushing a plan that would leave millions uninsured. Add in some of the other issues dogging Biden and it sounds a lot like malarkey to me.