A shadow primary is the process by which globalists or the Establishment pick the ultimate nominee for a major political party, particularly in a presidential race. For example, John Kerry and Joe Biden won the shadow primaries of the Democrat Party in the presidential races of 2004 and 2020, respectively, and then were given the nomination despite not being initially favored by voters.
The shadow primary for the presidential nominee of the Democrat Party in 2024 is between Pete Buttigieg and John Kerry, for replacement by globalists of the mentally declining and underachieving Joe Biden.
Hillary Clinton is a possible last resort, or compromise candidate, in the shadow primary if Buttigieg and Kerry fail to win a consensus. Clinton, however, matches up very poorly against Trump, and lost to him in 2016.
John Kerry is favored because he stacks up better against Trump than Buttigieg does. Kerry has extensive experience in high-level governmental positions and foreign policy, is taller than Trump, and is a bit younger than Biden. Kerry is far sharper mentally than Biden is.
For 2024, although Buttigieg was the top Dem fundraiser for 2020, he is weighted down by three factors:
- multiple transportation scandals during his watch as Transportation Secretary
- public outrage about excesses in the militant transgender agenda, and their invasion of girls' sports
- Buttigieg matches up particularly poorly against the taller Trump, who would mercilessly mock Buttigieg's inexperience
Liberal media turns against Biden
Biden was never the first choice of liberal donors, the liberal media, or the globalists. By May 12, 2023, the liberal media was turning against him with unflattering pictures and stories, in order to clear the path for the winner of the shadow primary to be nominated.