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ALL ABOARD: Beto O’Rourke, Buttigieg, Klobuchar Endorse Joe Biden for President

The losers of the Democratic primary are coalescing to stop Sanders.

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Three former candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden, a sign of the centrist lane of the party coalescing behind the senior figure.

Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke were confirmed to be endorsing Biden in quick succession on Monday.

Klobuchar and Buttigieg are expected to endorse Biden at a rally in Texas on Monday night. The state will vote tomorrow as part of Super Tuesday, and Biden is polling competitively with Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders in the state. If Biden fails to prevent Sanders from winning both California and Texas- the biggest states in the country- it’s hard to imagine that he could prevent the Vermont democratic socialist from securing the Democratic nomination.

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The timing of the endorsements on Monday- having taken place a day after Buttigieg’s departure from the race and merely hours after Klobuchar ended her campaign- raises questions about the possibility of their coordination. Buttigieg was confirmed to have spoken to former President Barack Obama on Monday, and it seems possible that Obama instructed the Democrat to fall in line behind his former Vice President.

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In any case, it’s clear that the losers in the Democratic primary are lining up with the express intent of stopping Bernie Sanders campaign. They were largely content with the prospect of running against Biden merely days ago, with the exception of O’Rourke who was forced to drop out before the Iowa caucuses after running a dismal campaign. Their support of the septuagenarian and at-times memory challenged senior party figure appears rooted more in animosity to the anti-establishment socialist than genuine deference to Biden.

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Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski Emerge as Republican Red Flags in Potential SCOTUS Confirmation

They say they’ll vote ‘No.’

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Republican Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have emerged as early ‘red flags’ in the push to appoint a new Supreme Court justice, with the latter two senators having spoken openly of their refusal to vote for a new justice in the runup to a presidential election. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, opening up a vacancy on the court.

Collins allegedly told a New York Times reporter that she wouldn’t vote for a new SCOTUS justice in ‘October’ earlier this month.

Murkowski told a reporter with Alaska Public Media that she wouldn’t vote for a new justice before the election, either.

Reports emerged on Friday night that Romney would decline to vote for a court confirmation as well, although they’re yet to be verified.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging to hold confirmation proceedings for a potential Trump Supreme Court nominee, suggesting that a nominee would receive a Senate floor vote before the election. He distinguished between the 2016 blocked nomination of Merrick Garland and the vacancy that arose from the death of Ginsberg, pointing out that a Republican President would be nominating a justice for confirmation through a Republican Senate.

It may be possible to confirm a new SCOTUS justice without the votes of the three-liberally inclined Senate Republicans, as a justice can be confirmed with 50 votes and a vice presidential tiebreaker. Other Republican Senators under the pressure of an ongoing campaign, such as Arizona’s Martha McSally, spoke in favor of the Senate having a floor vote on a tentative Trump administration SCOTUS nominee.

This could be the most heated Supreme Court confirmation process in history, and some the Senate Republican’s members have already confirmed they’re not standing with conservatives.

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