“Biden's in the driver's seat!"
I just can't get over how the establishment keeps trying to convince us that Joe Biden is the answer.
The latest Zogby Analytics Poll shows the former Delaware senator doing 50 percent better than Sanders, the 2016 Democratic runner-up to Hillary Clinton, who lost to President Trump.
“Biden's in the driver's seat! Biden is the favorite, even with Michelle Obama in the race; Sanders in second place,” said the poll analysis provided to Secrets.
There are lots of polls showing the same thing.
It's almost painful to watch.
So I did a search "Biden grassroots excitement" and I got a couple hits, but it wasn't what the Biden campaign had in mind.
This might be the only time you ever see something honest in the WashPost.
Even as Biden leads in speculative polls, even as some senior Democrats insist he could roll past President Trump, few in the party — including his rivals — are treating him like a front runner.
In general, you can identify three reasons why they believe Biden, unlike previous front-runners, was not scaring anyone. These people are paid to elect somebody else, but this is the chatter happening when Democrats turn off the microphones.
Where's the grass-roots support? Multiple operatives described Biden as a genuinely beloved figure among Democratic voters but not one who had turned his popularity into a real network of support.
Sanders and Warren have used that network to launch legislative pressure campaigns and organize bustling campaign events; Biden has not.
“Just in neutral, technical terms, I don't think Biden's seen as being on the cutting edge of grass-roots organizing,” another operative said. “Traditionally, his base has been high-dollar donors.”
He's a phony, donor-class candidate, just like Harris.
Does that sound familiar? This is from 2015, and it's still true.
So, enter Joe Biden? Really? Is there any grassroots groundswell calling on Biden to run? I sure can’t hear it. It seems like the biggest fans of a potential Biden run are political journalists looking to cover a more exciting horse race, and some Democratic insiders who look at the same polls as cited above and want an establishment insider — any insider — to be the alternative to Hillary rather than Sanders. It’s almost as though they’d rather lose the election with Biden — which would still maintain control of the Democratic party by the establishment Party elite — than to win with Sanders.
And Democrats would almost certainly lose with Biden. It’s hard to think of a national Democrat, other than Biden, with a worse chance to win the Presidency than Hillary.