There was a time when it looked as if Joe Biden was all but a guaranteed to win the 2020 Democratic nomination. As an experienced moderate in a field full of inexperienced, far-left socialists, all Biden had to do to secure victory was not mess things up too badly.
For Joe Biden this was apparently too much to ask. Now, Biden’s campaign is caught in a downward spiral of problematic mistakes, and his victory is no longer as guaranteed as it once was.
Joe Biden’s problems start with the fact that he is getting old and is no longer the smooth and polished politician that he used to be. On the debate stage and the campaign trail alike, Biden stumbles over his words on a regular basis, coming across more as a confused old man than someone who is ready to lead our nation.
From telling his audience to “visit” a phone number to calling New Hampshire “Vermont”, Joe Biden has been collecting blunders like baseball cards over the past few months.
If these gaffes and slipups were the extent of Joe Biden’s issues, he could probably still rest easy that his victory was assured. Unfortunately for Biden, his aging mind is only the beginning of his problems.
From the very start of his campaign, Biden has marketed his potential Presidency as a third-year of President Obama. It’s a natural strategy for Biden to use given his former boss’s popularity among Democratic voters and the extent to which Biden’s own legacy is tied to Obama’s.
Obama, however, has refused to endorse his former VP and even encouraged Biden not to run. Now that the public is aware that Obama’s support for Biden is minimal at best, Biden’s most important campaign message has lost almost all of its effectiveness.
As if it’s not bad enough that Joe Biden’s former boss won’t endorse his campaign, even Joe Biden’s own wife recently had some far-from-encouraging words to say about her husband and his campaign. Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, recently remarked that her husband might not be the best candidate but told voters that “maybe you have to swallow a little bit” and vote for him anyway.
This, of course, is far from a ringing endorsement, and Jill’s remarks were quickly swept under the rug by Biden’s campaign and the mainstream media.
Add to all of this the various scandals that have plagued Joe Biden such as his creepy interactions with young girls and his shady business dealings with China and what you are left with certainly isn’t a recipe for a well-run, successful campaign.
To be clear, Joe Biden still remains the frontrunner to win the Democratic nomination in spite of all these serious issues with his campaign – not because he’s a great candidate but because his competition is so poor.
We saw the same thing in 2016 when Democratic voters were forced to choose between a deeply flawed moderate (Hillary Clinton) and a far-left socialist (Bernie Sanders). Now, Joe Biden is the deeply flawed moderate and his entire field of competition consists of far-left socialists.
Should Joe Biden make it to the general election, though, the issues that have haunted his campaign thus far will likely begin to prove far more costly. President Trump has an uncanny talent for pinpointing the biggest weaknesses of his opponents and making those weaknesses the focal point of the race. If it’s Joe Biden that Trump finds himself up against in 2020, Trump is going to have more than an abundance of ammunition to use against him.
For now, though, Biden is far more focused on fending off Democratic candidates such as Elizabeth Warren who continue inching closer to overtaking him in the polls. At this point, Joe Biden can’t afford any more mistakes, yet the mistakes keep piling up. With even his former boss and his wife saying things that are damaging to his campaign, the 2020 election can’t come soon enough for Joe Biden.
Reversing the downward spiral that his campaign is caught in no longer seems to be an option. Instead, Biden can only cling to his frontrunner position and hope that the weakness of his competition alone is enough to carry him to the Democratic nomination.