Super Tuesday

“This is What Victory Looks Like”

So, it’s Super Tuesday.  Who is the guy who can beat Donald Trump?  So ask the commentators on all the networks as the results roll in. 

“Jomememtum is growing.  Bernie is not growing at this point.  Winning helped Joe Biden find his voice after Clyburn helped him win South Carolina…

Are people getting carried away?  Will Biden be radically different in the next debate…

The Party is consolidating around Joe…

Oh no, here we go again the establishment is coming to kneecap Bernie like in the last election….

Bloomberg’s bet that Biden will fall apart and the party would turn to him to push out Bernie hasn’t paid off….

Our party has an expanded coalition.  Democrats can’t win without the African American vote. …

Biden has been propped out by party insiders.  He still needs a message….

These are all quotes I hear coming from CNN as the professional talking heads report on and interpret the results of today’s primaries.

My best memory of today/s primary is the table of Girl Scouts selling cookies just outside the polling place  Now, that is entrepreneurship and a good use of time on a day out of school  I had to buy some trefoils and dos-i-dos.  You cannot in good conscience walk past girl scouts selling cookies and not support them.  This would be a certain invitation for bad karma.

I talked to my class yesterday about the school being used as a polling place, and we talked about what would be happening today  We talked about how primaries work and who was running.  I wrote the names on the board.  I included Pete and Amy  since they had just dropped  I was curious what they may have heard or knew and I asked them to vote.  The class unilaterally voted for Mike Blumberg.  I asked why.  “Mike will get it done,” one of the students yelled out.  “Yeah, that’s right, Mike is the best,” said another.  I smiled realizing how important phone and TV messaging is.  Although they didn’t know any of the candidates, they were gung ho in favor of Mike because they had been inundated with messaging. The power of the media is phenomenal

They asked who I was voting for “Do you like Mike?  Cause everyone likes Mike.”  I explained to them that teachers cannot discuss our own personal political views with them.  Talking about what a primary is and who is participating is different. I went home wondering what the “I like Mike “effect would be…..

So many balls up in the air…… such a reflection of who we are as a people.  This primary feels like taking the pulse of a sick patient.  Just exactly how abnormally low or high is our collective social emotional blood pressure?  How do we best treat the irregularities catapulting us into a state of moral atrial fibrillation, where our collective hearts beat erratically?

6 thoughts on “Super Tuesday

  1. I love how you started with quotes heard on CNN, Then zoomed in on your classroom discussion. Next, you are voting and buying GS coolies – 2 very American task! Then you ended using the metaphor of a person and you chose to make that person sick. “This primary feels like taking the pulse of a sick patient.” Such a clever post. Fitting to end questioning. I wonder, too what Nov. 2020 will bring. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You always give me feedback that makes me think about my writing and examine the structure in a way that I learn from it. The final simile felt so viscerally real to me.

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  2. “How do we best treat the irregularities catapulting us into a state of moral atrial fibrillation, where our collective hearts beat erratically?” I posit you answered this elaborate query earlier in your slice: Girl Scout cookies! Take two (or more), and call me in the morning 🙂

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  3. “This primary feels like taking the pulse of a sick patient.” What an accurate simile. I so appreciated the way you broke up the “heaviness” of political agendas to the “lightness” of supporting the girl scouts.

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  4. Love this line “How do we best treat the irregularities catapulting us into a state of moral atrial fibrillation, where our collective hearts beat erratically?” and Brian’s comment about it! Too clever. I’m not surprised by your students’ choice as my little guy expressed the same thought, repeating commercials he saw on tv.

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