Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden makes a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Although the Democratic primaries are far from over and we can’t count Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) out, former Vice President Joe Biden sure looks strong. The catalyst for this unexpected turn of events was his landslide victory in the South Carolina primary last weekend. A series of key endorsements added to his momentum and catapulted his candidacy from near-death to front runner status.
As of Friday morning, Biden has 626 delegates compared to Sanders with 550. Biden, at 34.5 percent, is ahead of Sanders (26.8 percent) in the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of national polls. And his RCP betting odds show him at 88.4 vs. Sanders at 13.1.
No doubt, Biden has regained his confidence.
But the media would like to make sure that neither the former Vice President, nor his campaign, make the critical mistake of thinking they had something to do with it.
CNBC’s Jake Novak has some advice for candidate Biden. First, he must “Realize what got you here.”
The biggest danger right now for Biden and his campaign handlers is for them to believe something they did is the reason his fortunes have turned around. They must realize and embrace the fact that it was the fear of a Sanders nomination and the democratic socialist, anti-establishment movement that came with it that brought the avalanche of key nominations and the victories in South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states.
Biden didn’t come back to life on his own, he was resurrected by others. His campaign trail conduct was continuing to deteriorate going right into Super Tuesday. And that’s fueling significant discussions online and in other circles about Biden’s mental capacity beyond his long history of controversial statements.
Second, he must “keep a low profile.”
We should leave Biden’s actual mental abilities to the medical experts, but his campaign needs to learn from the mistakes it made last year. Mentally sharp or not, Biden at every stage in his political career has never shown a consistent ability to win over voters anywhere other than Delaware.
In this election cycle, Biden’s perceived electability against President Donald Trump – and now against Bernie Sanders – has always been his best calling card. His personality, demeanor on the campaign trail, and his debate performances are all weak by contrast.
With Super Tuesday’s grueling campaign and travel challenges behind him, it’s time for the Biden campaign to take their candidate out of the public eye and as many unscripted events as possible. That includes trying to reduce the number of debates versus Sanders and relying on more of Biden’s growing list of Democratic Party backers to do as much of the talking for him until Election Day.
It’s good advice because his mental condition has worsened considerably in just the past ten months he’s been back in the public eye. The left can no longer explain it away by saying that Old Joe has been making gaffes for as long as he’s been on the national stage. That’s true, but what America has seen of Biden lately goes well beyond gaffes, yet the media remains silent.
Conservative writer and pundit Mark Levin emphasized this point in a tweet. He wrote: “Where’s the concern in the Democrat Party-press about Joe Biden’s mental health. Where’s Dr. Lee?”
Notice no concern in the Democrat Party-press this morning about Joe Biden’s mental health. Where’s Dr. Lee? Where are all the CNN and MSNBC pundits? What about the prospect of triggering the 25th amendment should he win? Such frauds. Unfree press.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 4, 2020
Biden’s mental decline has become too big to hide. As much as the media chooses to ignore this fact, it’s only going to become more apparent now that the primary is down to two candidates. It will be impossible for Biden to “keep a low profile” as Novak suggests. More will be expected of him from here on out. He will be debating Bernie Sanders one on one.
Should he win the Democratic nomination, which looks likely right now, he will be required to debate President Trump, one on one. And all of the difficult subjects will be raised. The ones that have caused him to lash out at voters who attend his rallies and at reporters who ask the tough questions such as Fox News’ Peter Doocey.
President Trump can’t wait to come face to face with Biden this fall. Trump participated in a Fox town hall on Wednesday night. Here’s what he had to say when he was asked which candidate he would rather face this fall: