Poor Joe Biden. For the formerly front running candidate in the 2020 Democratic nomination context, the hits just keep on coming. After twin shellackings in Iowa and then New Hampshire, Biden is plotting a comeback. Joe Biden promises a first or second place win in Nevada and a victory in South Carolina.
Fox News reports that at least one group of people in New York City are not buying it.
“As if his poor results in Iowa and New Hampshire weren’t enough, Joe Biden was met with chants of “Drop out, Joe!” on Thursday night as he left a campaign fundraiser in New York City, according to reports. Other protesters from the group New York Communities for Change held a mock funeral for Biden’s candidacy, featuring a black coffin decorated with Biden 2020 stickers. The campaign is pretty much done, one mourner, said. The people have spoken. Young people have spoken.”
Biden is desperately trying to right his listing campaign. He attended a fundraiser in New York attended by Wall Street movers and shakers, presumably sufficiently frightened enough by the rise of Bernie Sanders to try to keep Biden going for a while longer.
Biden also appeared on The View, usually a source of support for him. The token conservative on the show, Meghan McCain, had endorsed Biden, feeling that her late father, Sen John McCain, had been insulted once too often by President Donald Trump. However, according to The Daily Beast, his appearance was less than scintillating. Between Biden’s attempts to defend his son Hunter and his stance that his supporters should “Remain calm; all is well” the performance was said to have been cringeworthy.
And, Joe being Joe, he is still making head-scratching, mind-blowing statements on the stump. Reporters are still wondering what a “lying dog face pony soldier” is. They are also wondering what Biden would call a woman such a thing, to begin with.
Down in Nevada, the Culinary Workers Union, made powerful by its numbers and the strength of that state’s gaming and entertainment industry, declined to endorse any candidate. The union had already let it be known that it cared little for Bernie Sanders and his Medicare for All scheme. However, the non-endorsement is seen as a blow to Biden, who had positioned himself as the anti-Bernie.
Biden had been depending on the support of African Americans to ensure the nomination. After all, he had been the partner in labors for President Barack Obama for eight years. However, the National Review notes that black voters seem to be slipping away from Biden as well.
“Biden has retreated to South Carolina, where he hopes to hold his support among African-American voters. He seems to imagine himself some sort of living legend among black voters, but he is Barack Obama’s former vice president, not Barack Obama. Biden’s support among black voters is surely transactional and to some large extent a function of his — mostly illusory — strong national polling. Why will African-American voters reach a different conclusion about his suitability than other voters have to this point?”
Sanders is on top of the polls nationally as well in delegate-rich California. The good news for Biden is that he is still ahead in the polls in Nevada and South Carolina, which suggests that he has a chance – just a chance – of turning things around and rewriting the narrative a second time. The betting among most pundits is that Biden will win neither contest and will be obliged to drop out soon afterward.
The premortem of the episode of The Walking Dead that is the Biden campaign has already begun. The consensus is that aside from the illusion of electability, there was no there, there in Joe Biden. Once Iowa and New Hampshire proved that the old man was less than electable, his supporters started to head for the exits.
Where Biden’s former supporters are going is anyone’s guess. Will it be Pete Buttigieg, the plastic, virtual reality candidate who is running as the white, gay Obama? Will it be Mike Bloomberg, who is intending to buy the nomination with blizzards of cash? Or will it be Amy Klobuchar, who her supporters think is the second coming of Hillary Clinton, but without all the baggage and snark?
Some Democrats fear that Sanders will get some of Biden’s soon to be former acolytes. The consensus among mainstream Democrats is that nominating Bernie Sanders, to coin a phrase by James Carville will be “the end of days.”