Joe Biden continues to hide in his basement, only appearing in public sparsely to read prepared speeches and answer no questions from the press. To some extent, the move works for him. He receives cover from the media while the focus remains on Trump. The rule in politics is that you want the election to be a referendum on the other guy. What better way to do that than to be invisible?
But that can’t last forever. Biden is going to have to start holding events again soon. Further, he’s going to have to debate Trump.
That was the point Maggie Haberman was making yesterday when she called Biden a “flawed candidate.” Namely, that things can change in a hurry and any Democrat thinking it’s a lay up is kidding themselves.
Here is the @maggieNYT "Biden is a flawed candidate" clip, and it is much worse than you thought it was.
cc @neeratanden pic.twitter.com/zfQnhSvtco
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) June 23, 2020
The first triggering is apparent by the account that tweeted the video. Notice his name and who he tags. Neera Tandan is a Biden surrogate.
Regardless, Haberman’s points are sound. Everyone in 2016, including Hillary’s top brass, thought she was a shoe in. They neglected certain aspects of the campaign because they couldn’t bring themselves to even acknowledge Trump could win. Whether that cost them the election, we’ll never know. But there were certainly things they could have done to help their chances had they not been so arrogant.
Meanwhile, Biden lacks a real operation in most of the swing states and it’s almost July. You can’t just snap your fingers in October and have a ground game. Haberman also points out how quickly things can change. Four months ago, the coronavirus wasn’t much of a concern. What will be the concern four months from now? It’s impossible to predict and things can turn on a dime.
Despite the fact that Haberman’s critiques are obviously true, those replying to the video still gnashed their teeth.
Flawed? Joe Biden won the nomination earlier than any candidate since 2004. 🧐
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 23, 2020
When you sell your soul for access. Trump has murdered 120,000 Americans, is a white supremacist, has asked every despot for help with his reelection, profited off death, and is destroying ojr Democracy w his authoritarian rule yet Biden is a flawed candidate?
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) June 23, 2020
A trump mouthpiece says what?
— Christine Galea (@chrisgalea) June 23, 2020
What’s so funny about this is that Maggie Haberman is clearly a Democrat. Heck, at the end of the video, she even has a Freudian slip “we” when talking about what Democrats need to do. She’s speaking from a place of fear that Trump could be re-elected, not in support of Trump. But the left hates her because she doesn’t sell them butterflies and roses all the time.
That over-confidence has a very real possibility of biting Democrats again in 2020. They seem to have learned nothing. I guess that’s a good thing though if you are a Republican hoping to press an advantage this fall.