The fracture within the Democratic Party is only getting worse and Joe Biden’s run is faltering before the race has even begun, and Former President Barack Obama isn’t helping his campaign either. Considering their relationship both vocationally and personally makes this lack of support extremely damning, and curious.
One story covering the Democrat’s front-running candidate at the Iowa caucus revealed some more bad news for Biden. According to recent polls, Biden’s once-comfortable lead has vanished and an already muddled pool of presidential candidates has become even more so.
Evidence of that splintered and overcrowded pool of candidates is also reflected in recent polls as our story reported… “Biden is down eight points in Iowa from June to November to leave him tied with Senator Bernie Sanders at 22% as the top choice among registered Iowa Democrats. They were just ahead of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (21%) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (18%). Other recent polls have shown Biden polling as low as fourth within that top tier… .”
The only thing that might be surprising about these recent polls, especially in light of all the “what-ifs” surrounding Biden, is that he hasn’t fallen farther. With the questions regarding his connection to his son Hunter and the Biden’s business ties to Ukraine. The questions surrounding his alleged inappropriate behavior towards women (we’ll leave that there), and other self-imposed wounds, could all be culprits as to why Biden has fallen in the polls.
It isn’t verifiably possible to determine which, or if all of these issues are at fault. What is certain, however, is that the absence of support from Obama isn’t helping. It also isn’t doing anything to promote Party unity which the Dems so badly need. This story wasn’t only about the lack of support that was being reported, but seemingly a vote against the man who served as his Vice President during both his terms in the Oval Office as well.
The story cited one writer who, using an unidentified 2020 candidate as the source, wrote ‘Sometimes [Obama] offers candid advice about his visitors’ strengths and weaknesses. With several lesser-known candidates, according to people who have talked to him or been briefed on his meetings, he was blunt about the challenges of breaking out of a large field… With one candidate, he pointed out that during his own 2008 campaign, he had an intimate bond with the electorate, especially in Iowa, that he no longer has. Then he added, “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”’
What does this lack of confidence and failure to endorse the same man who he campaigned with, won with, and is forever written into the history books with (good or bad), say about Joe Biden. Much like being unable to determine the weight of each of Biden’s missteps, it may be difficult to determine how Obama meant that comment to be applied. Yet, very much like his absence of support for his Vice President, we can be very certain that it isn’t helping Biden’s campaign.
The former President, in addition to not pledging his support of his former running mate, has also made known his concern over a fractured Democratic Party. Without jumping the gun, Obama will certainly support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, but it is curious that there is such an absence of support for Biden from this man in particular.
This is the man Obama asked to be on his ticket, not once but twice. Who shared eight years plus in the same administration – their administration. Was this lack of confidence always present? Has there always been a tension between these two men?
If you believe that attitude is a direct reflection of leadership, (to coin the Remember the Titans line), then it would at least make sense. If the Democrats were led by two men at odds with each other at the top of their Party, perhaps it makes it easier to understand the splintered, divided, and aimless Dems we see today. Obama’s statements and lack of support aren’t a ringing endorsement for Biden, but what it says about the Democratic Party as a whole could be worse.