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Joe Biden’s Increasingly Out of Left Field Presidential Campaign

Brett Davis

Posted on June 12, 2019 03:21

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The blunder-prone former veep’s uneven effort up to now doesn’t bode well for long-term electoral success.

Former Vice President Joe “Joey Gaffes” Biden is running an odd campaign for president of the United States. But he can afford to – at least for now – given his commanding lead in national polls over the almost two dozen other candidates vying to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Conventional wisdom says Biden is leading the field because he served as second in command to the popular President Barack Obama, and he’s a moderate with the best chance of besting President Donald Trump at the ballot box in November 2020.

And yet it’s hard to know what to make of Biden’s curious choices at this early stage of the campaign – that is, a strange combination of avoidance, missteps and flip-flops on major issues.

Biden did not appear with most other candidates at the California Democratic Convention in early June; the following weekend saw him MIA from the annual Hall of Fame event in Iowa. It’s difficult to say at this early stage if Biden’s slow rollout of his campaign and comparatively light schedule since will be viewed by voters as sound strategy for someone with off-the-charts name recognition – or sheer laziness.

Be that as it may, the last few weeks or so have not seen Biden at his best on a number of fronts: promising as president to cure cancer (shades of Obama’s King Canute-like pledge to slow “the rise of the oceans”); subjecting himself to ridicule with his obsequious National Best Friend Day Twitter posting of an image of two friendship bracelets with the names “Joe” and “Barack”; exposing his campaign to charges of plagiarism (again) regarding his climate change plan; and creepily referring to a 10-year-old girl as “good-looking” after pledging to do better in the age of the “Me Too” movement.

And all this is on top of Biden’s recent and abrupt about-face on a couple of major issues. He may have set a land speed record this week in declaring China a threat to America, after dismissing any such notion only last month. Likewise, his recent decision to oppose the Hyde Amendment after supporting it for more than four decades as a member of Congress and Vice President was enough to induce whiplash. (Biden’s wilting like a hothouse flower on these issues makes one wonder if the man has a spine. Would a President Biden give away the store in negotiations with other world leaders?)

Biden’s scattershot campaigning approach to this point raises more questions than it answers. Does he really want to be president? Is he tacking to the far left to appease the Democratic Party’s progressive base? Does the man have any core principles? History and the latest news – Biden has lost ground, according to a recent Iowa poll – suggest ol’ Joe needs to get his act together if he wants to be the last man standing at the end of the Democratic Party’s nomination fight.

Brett Davis

Posted on June 12, 2019 03:21

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