Every four years, for the entirety of the last two decades, the punditry desperately tries to sell the upcoming presidential election as the most important one. This is never entirely untrue, as the presidential race is extremely consequential in setting the course of our country over a substantial amount of time. Had the country elected Vice President Gore or John Kerry in the 2000s, we’d be better off in a number of ways that aren’t easy to calculate: likely no 9/11 and something fairly close to universal healthcare could’ve been achieved, likewise we would be substantially worse off had Governor Romney won in 2012, and the possibilities of another Trump term are the major reason we all fought like hell to prevent it in 2020.
The choice has been obvious for awhile, but the state of US media demands a ratings grab from each election, so the general election becomes a horse race where they routinely feel obligated to give equal airtime to anything the Democrat does that could vaguely be construed as scandalous. This is why they wasted so much time talking about a brokered convention for Democrats in 2024, even though the presumptive nominee was obvious the whole time and when that didn’t work they jumped to ridiculous scenarios about Kamala Harris being replaced as vice president, and finally that the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign was struggling to get off the ground.
Despite those fears, the campaign raked in $72 million during their first quarter – not only a lot, but the most a Democratic campaign ever raised at this point in a presidential election. The majority comes from small donors – 30% who didn’t give anything during the 2020 election. Despite what polling says, we’ve hit the ground running – we might not just win but win decisively in 2024 if we keep this momentum going.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making