Election Year Trauma: Why Joe Biden Will Win the Democratic Nomination
The Quest to Restore Stability in America
Election Cycle 2020: Biden Overwhelmingly Wins Primaries
After all the predictions and pundit chatter of the experts and talking heads, what we thought would happen on Super Tuesday—didn't. Presidential candidate Joe Biden shocked just about everyone by winning the majority of states in the first major primary elections cycle. His success wowed those who believed former Vice President Joe Biden was down and out in his bid to become the next president of the United States.
His unexpected victory on Super Tuesday was followed by unprecedented wins on Super Tuesday II, where he racked up huge popular and electoral votes against his formidable opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, by inexplicable margins. These big wins for Joe Biden undoubtedly will earn him the democratic nomination, placing him on the road to the White House.
How Fear-Driven Elections Saved Joe Biden
So what caused this sharp, history-making turnaround for Vice President Biden's campaign? From a psychological perspective, it can be said that it was plain old human nature: a segment of American voters are traumatized by the chaos of the current Republican administration. People are in dire need of stability. The last four years have been a rollercoaster ride of unpredictability, inconsistency, and uncertainty.
For some voters, Vice President Biden represents stability, safety, predictability, and familiarity. Even those who have had issues with his policies, personal missteps, his glaring gaffes, his temperament, and his so-called cognitive decline, are looking for that "Uncle Joe they know," who will save the day, and ultimately, save the country.
Super Tuesday II Speech
"Winning means uniting America. Not sowing division and anger. It means having a president who not only knows how to fight but knows how to heal."
~ Former Vice President Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate, March 10, 2020
Trauma Heightened By Cumulative Crises
Just when we thought this feeling of instability in 2020 couldn't get any worse, enter - - coronavirus (COVID19). Our collective fear has now translated into actual fear of death. The metaphor is hard to ignore. The intersection between the breaking news of Super Tuesday II election returns and the simultaneous reports of increasing COVID19 cases and deaths, created a jarring image for the American people to behold. Survival of the country became very real.
As the virus proceeded to spread from state to state, closing in on the Midwestern regions, the need for stable leadership increased. Regardless of the initial uncertainty of his campaign, Joe Biden had literally "risen up" to the occasion and has come to embody that leadership. The American people look to him to act with urgency, decisiveness, and humanity.
Political Gaffes and Sound Leadership
The Fear Factor: Voting for Survival and Restoration
The American voters are in the midst of traumatic times. The perception of a country in crisis intensified over the last few years. Americans have endured the damaging impacts of racial conflict, ever-increasing political party divisions, the impeachment of a sitting president, perceived and real threats to national security, and an eye-opening stock market plummet of historic proportions. The trauma is topped off by a relentless global pandemic disease of community spread in the United States that continues to infect and take lives by the hour. The inconsistent and, at times, confusing response to the crisis by the current Administration only heightens fears.
The American people are living a nightmare of fear and anxiety. It would be hard, if not impossible, to leave those anxieties outside the ballot box when making a decision to vote for someone to wake the country out of the nightmare. Even if the voters' pick is not their first choice, the leadership qualities, character traits, decency, compassion, and experience of that second choice start to look really good.
The surprising outcomes of the Super Tuesday primaries seem to indicate that this fear was a factor for many voters. Joe Biden is perceived as safe. He represents steadiness in leadership for a nation in dire need of that kind of healing president, more now than ever. For these reasons, former Vice President Joe Biden will win the Democratic nomination in his quest to become the next president of the United States.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Janis Leslie Evans