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With Super Tuesday literally just days away, the question that all of the pundits are asking is whether Joe Biden will get a bounce from his victory Saturday night. A quick scan of the RCP average of polls for Super Tuesday primaries shows Bernie Sanders with leads in most of the states, including delegate-rich Texas and California. Sen. Sanders also leads in Virginia and Massachusetts. The RCP average shows Sen. Sanders running away with Colorado and Utah.

If things go well for Sanders on Tuesday night, he’ll be in a dominant position to win the Democrats’ presidential nomination. That’s what I’m expecting. Further, I’m expecting Biden to do just well enough to continue but not well enough to contend. I expect Klobuchar, Warren and Buttigieg to drop out of the race, with Klobuchar having the best shot at doing well enough to stay in the race.

California will send a harsh signal to the Democrats. Here’s why:

There’s an outside possibility that Sanders will be the only candidate who will win California delegates. If that’s what happens, Sanders will be virtually unstoppable. Sanders also leads in Texas:

This doesn’t sound like the type of performance Biden and the Democrats’ Establishment needs. If things go according to the RCP average in each of these states, Bernie will be the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ nominee. After that, expect to hear about lots of article with ideas on how to steal the nomination from Bernie.

There’s nothing democratic about how California is getting run politically these days. This article highlights how California’s ruling class couldn’t care less what their constituents say. One of the people that’s getting ignored is Gloria Rivera. California’s ruling class features a woman named Lorena Gonzalez. Here’s how California’s ruling class is changing Californians:

When Gloria Rivera, a San Diego-based, Peruvian-born translator and interpreter, achieved U.S. citizenship, the first thing she did was register as a Democrat. “Now I’m seeing a lot of people like me who are either going Independent or Republican,” she says, “myself included. The Democrats are not listening to us.

There’s little doubt that California’s politicians don’t listen to Californians. That’s what makes California’s politicians part of the problem. Democrats, in general, aren’t good listeners. The last Democrat that was a good listener is Bill Clinton. Nancy Pelosi, the most famous California Democrat, is a terrible listener.

Online and in person, independent contractors are confronting Gonzalez and demanding a repeal of the law. Her condescending response: independent contractors need the protection of union-driven labor laws. In a damning KUSI news interview, Gonzalez denied that AB5 has resulted in widespread income loss. Her dismissive attitude has fueled outrage against Democrats.

Gonzalez’ dismissive attitude is triggering a political backlash:

“I see a revolution on the horizon,” says David Mills, a musician from Lake Elsinore who created the Facebook group Freelancers against PRO Act. “This may be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. But I think it’s leading to something good. The American people on all sides are waking up. We’ve gotten too caught up in partisan support. Now we’re paying attention. There is a huge uprising. People had to lose their jobs to find out what it was.”

It’s taken time for this resentment to build to this level but it’s getting there. There’s a timeless cliché that’s worth remembering in this situation. It goes like this “Beware the wrath of a patient man.”

This fits people who are patient and even-tempered. The fuse on their temper is longer than most. That doesn’t mean there isn’t an end to it. When that fuse hits that gun powder, the explosion is just as violent as the person with a short fuse. This situation has taken a ton of time to build into a major explosion.

California used to be known as the Golden State. That’s why its population grew each year. That ended this year when, for the first time in California’s history, it didn’t gain a congressional seat in reapportionment. Things are changing. What that means still hasn’t been determined but it’s changing. For some reason, this song just fits:

Here’s hoping that the California revolution starts soon. Here’s hoping that the revolution, when it happens, is a big one. Getting the state straightened out would result in a huge change for the better.