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Assault on America, Day 362: How do you kill a presidential campaign stone dead? Ask Biden

Joe Biden
How do you kill a presidential campaign stone cold dead?

There are literally an infinite number of ways, the most common being saying or doing something that runs counter to your main message -- or boldfacing lying about an aspect of your past and having it uprooted by an enterprising truth-teller (or, in the case of a Republican or conservative, exposed and manipulated by the always antagonistic out-to-get-‘em media). Democrat national frontrunner Joe Biden’s committed these types of snafus at various times in his nearly half-century long political career, managing to survive only because he’s said to appeal to very important party base constituencies.

It also didn’t hurt that Joe hailed from a deeply Democrat state (Delaware) and had little or no chance of ever being defeated by a Republican opponent.

Granted it probably wasn’t many, but for those who were paying attention, ‘ol Grampa Joe plunked his oversized foot in his ever-widening mouth again a couple weeks back during this month’s Democrat candidates debate in Los Angeles. Biden was afforded an opportunity to shore up his support among an indispensable group of American voters, people he’d need to defeat President Donald Trump next November. To say he fumbled and bumbled away the chance is an understatement… and it might end up deep-sixing his campaign.

As he usually does, Biden took the easy -- and liberal -- road and perhaps squandered the whole shebang within the span of a few seconds, spewing incontrovertible malarkey in the doing. Alex Swoyer wrote at The Washington Times, “Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden’s pledge to kill blue-collar jobs with a green economy rekindled unwanted comparisons to 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s coal miner flub.

“Mrs. Clinton admitted in her memoir that her pledge to put coal miners out of business was her biggest misstep in 2016 — and Republican campaign strategists are comparing the former nominee’s error to that of Mr. Biden, who said in the debate in Los Angeles that he was willing to eliminate jobs to shift the country to a ‘greener economy.’

“This move to the left, critics said, was aimed at appeasing the progressive Democratic base but would alienate the blue-collar workers Mr. Biden claims he can lure away from President Trump.”

Watching the faux pas happen live was jaw-dropping because Biden’s repeatedly been depicted by the establishment media as the champion of the lunch bucket carrying American working stiff, the one Democrat presidential hopeful who could potentially grab white tradesmen and union members away from Trump’s solid grip. These are the rust belt voters who abandoned Hillary Clinton in droves four years ago, an entire group suddenly awakened to decades of failed Democrat promises and policies.

Statistically speaking, numerous counties in states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio -- and other crucial midwestern enclaves -- flipped from Democrat to Republican within the span of a few years, enabling Trump to make good on his heretofore improbable boast to break through the infamous and thought-to-be impenetrable blue wall. In 2016, Trump made no pretense about appealing to this type of American patriot, which tipped off the ever-suspicious media and brought cries of “racism!” from Democrats who’d counted on preserving their support in perpetuity.

Few could recall when Republicans commanded such near unanimous respect from the blue-collar sect. The concept was time immemorial, or at least dating back to the eighties during the Ronald Reagan era (which seems like forever, really).

For some reason, Biden was considered different. Propped up by years of non-stop positive and sympathetic news coverage, Joe emerged from his two vice presidential terms with an image that wasn’t befitting of his true self. Hiding in the shadows of the much larger Obama specter, Biden was portrayed by the media as the president’s more-moderate conscience, keen adviser and right-hand man. He subsequently was credited with several semi-successful (at least in the commentators’ minds) foreign policy initiatives, such as the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

He was also believed to be the eleventh hour pinch-hitter who could visit his old pals on Capitol Hill and come away with a compromise that alleviated tensions. If and when Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Paul Ryan misbehaved, O sent Biden up there to slap a few backs, give a ton of hugs, sniff a lot of hairdos and emerge with everyone’s reputations intact.

Similarly, if there was an overseas crisis at hand, Joe Biden was said to be the right call. Remember the famous photo of Obama’s situation room during the U.S. Navy SEALs raid that snuffed out Osama bin Laden in May of 2011? Well, Biden was there in the thick of it with an appropriate look of concern on his brow. (Note: Hillary Clinton was present too, though it didn’t seem to do much for her presidential hopes.) The press’s robotic spin-job made it appear like Biden was a trusted and capable leader who left a glowing, cooperative and bipartisan mark on government during the Obama White House reign.

The problem being none of it was true. Biden was never more than an intellectual lightweight doofus haphazardly clinging to Obama’s political coattails, the equivalent of an observer comfortably and safely occupying the backseat of a police cruiser on a ride-along through a crime-infested neighborhood wearing a bullet-proof vest. Joe wasn’t tasked with doing anything consequential or potentially embarrassing to the Obama people -- and the few chores he was entrusted with, he screwed up (like letting his son Hunter get a cushy job with a Ukrainian energy company despite not speaking the language or ever doing any work for the entity).

It’s taken a few years for Biden’s luster to wear off in Obama-world, but the more he talks about his singular ability to bring people together and erase the racist and divisive Trump stain, the more Democrats cringe. And it’s not just because he infuriated the union working folks in the crucial swing states with his “I’ll gladly trash all the energy sector jobs in favor of green boondoggles that don’t work and never will” fantasies.

Biden’s political prowess has always been overstated. Obama probably chose him for his VP because there wasn’t anyone else who possibly fit the suit. “The One” couldn’t go with Hillary Clinton after the brutal 2008 Democrat campaign -- he couldn’t trust she’d behave and restrain herself within personal assault distance -- and none of the other potential choices were the least bit appealing. Fellow candidate John Edwards had already been a second-on-the-ticket and was embroiled in a sex scandal where he’d cheated on his terminally ill wife.

Bill Richardson was Hispanic and a governor of a southwestern state, but he wouldn’t necessarily add anything to the pairing because there already was a non-white face in the top slot. Silver haired Chris Dodd was the type of Washington creature who might detract from Obama’s “outsider” quality and would end up doing more harm than good. Plus, Dodd’s stupid, plastic and disagreeable, very un-Biden-like qualities.

According to sources, Obama’s short-list (in addition to those just named) included Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed. None of them offered the national profile and instant name recognition of the Washington institution that was Joe Biden. “Uncle Joe” knew everyone, was said to be well-liked, was white as a ghost and could theoretically bring along the skeptical blue collar vote to the ticket.

Pitted against John McCain, the legendary war veteran and “Straight talking” moderate, Obama needed a number two with street cred among the white “bitter clinger” (to guns and religion, remember?) bloc, the ones who’d lost jobs through the Bush and Clinton years and supposedly wouldn’t accept a black president because they hate minorities, immigrants and liberals.

Joe Biden would therefore fix everything for the Democrats! He looked even more human when he agreed to let neophyte out-of-her-element (to the media) Sarah Palin call him “Joe” at the start of the 2008 vice presidential debate!

Another bit of “humanity” affixed to Biden was the very public mourning of the loss of son Beau to cancer in the last years of his VP term. Who couldn’t relate to the death of a family member? Biden’s brave vows to press through it and do his job only enhanced his everyman image at the expense of the facts.

The carefully crafted but flimsy notion of Joe Biden being the champion of the American little man was smashed to smithereens when he blubbered about renewable energy during the recent debate. What working class toiler would ditch Trump for Biden now? Joe revealed himself to be the same phony pusher of “green jobs” that so many other Democrats (Obama, Hillary, etc.) have breathlessly offered over the years.

That’s how you kill a presidential candidacy. And polls now show Trump gaining on and maybe even passing Biden in the pre-election head-to-head presidential race. Biden’s not going to get any more attractive as a candidate, either.

Speaking of opinion surveys, pollsters are making changes to help them get it right next year. David Sherfinski reported at The Washington Times, “Heading into 2020, pollsters are still grappling with how to wash down the bitter aftertaste of the last presidential election, when many state-level surveys failed to pick up on President Trump’s late surge and the industry — fairly or unfairly — took the blame for getting it wrong.

“They’ve made adjustments to their methodologies, offered numerous disclaimers, and trod carefully on using their data to make bold predictions, while also laboring to feed a fixation on the ‘horse race’ aspects of the White House contest from both the media and the presidential campaigns themselves.”

Professional pollsters can change all they like and it won’t bring trust and believability back to the industry until they consistently get it right. It’s not only 2016 that was at issue. Polls dramatically understated Republican support in the lead-up to the 2014 midterm elections as well, with the GOP retaking the majority in the upper chamber and holding it until the present time.

Biden rival Sen. Cory Booker recently said, “Polling is such bull–-,” a sentiment that seemingly unites people from both sides of the political spectrum. Polls are fun to follow -- and everyone interested in politics more or less enjoys them, including President Trump -- but you never really get a sense of what’s going on until the votes are counted.

There are clues, of course -- Joe Biden’s not turning out crowds in Iowa, for example. Is it a problem for him?

No one ever claimed running for president was easy, and it’s brought low a number of good people as well as exposed frauds who just can’t keep their message straight. Joe Biden is telling liberals what they want to hear, but one can’t help but sense his days on the campaign trail are numbered.

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