What Might Have Been

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks on March 2, 2024, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As loathsome as American politics has become in the Trump era, it must be said: It’s pretty exciting.

The most exciting political development of my young adulthood during the 1990s was forensic analysis of a stained dress worn by one of Bill Clinton’s interns. The most exciting political development of my middle age was a mob of populist lunatics storming the Capitol in hopes of murdering the president’s enemies in Congress on live television.

Never a dull moment in the age of Trump. Except, weirdly, Super Tuesday 2024.

Believe it or not, younger readers, Super Tuesday was once an interesting day in the presidential cycle. The huge delegate hauls available across the map meant that the results would make or break candidacies, typically turning the big winner into a prohibitive favorite for his party’s nomination.

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