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Turn Back the Clock?

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Presidential campaigns are built on webs of contingency.  If Joe Biden’s candidacy had failed at some stage, Amy Kobuchar or Pete Buttigieg might have run the table against Bernie Sanders. Or Sanders might have run the table against one of them. Or Mike Bloomberg might have gained the Democratic Party’s nomination. But US Representative James Clyburn’s speech endorsing Joe Biden ten days ago in the South Carolina primary established a two-person race practically overnight and vaulted Biden into the lead. “I know Joe,” Clyburn said.  “We know Joe.  Most important, Joe knows us.”  To better understand how eleven words could