Iowa isn’t everything, but Biden doesn’t have the ability to weather his shellacking in the Democrat caucuses overnight.
For a start, he’s broke.
That’s not the end of the world. But it’s certainly not where a former Vice President and presumed favorite should be at this point in the race. Right now he’s looking like the Democratic Party’s Jeb! Bush
Rather than just boring audiences to death like the one-time presumptive Republican nominee, Biden’s campaign appears to have been run off the rails by his own party. Specifically House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flawed impeachment process.
It looked grim for Biden as far back as November, when a Harvard-Harris poll found 57 percent of people believed that “Hunter Biden receiving money from business interests in Ukraine is evidence of corruption”.
The same number in the same poll said they believed Hunter Biden’s behavior in Ukraine and China should be investigated: precisely what President Trump publicly called for.
This wasn’t the only chink in the would-be President’s armor, but it will be considered the most heinous as far as Biden stalwarts are concerned.
Caught between Ukraine and a hard place, Biden’s campaign has also been marred by creepy moments, including but not limited to:
- Insulting potential supporters;
- Telling strange stories about someone called “Corn Pop”;
- Locking lips (repeatedly) with his granddaughter;
- Telling people to vote for someone other than him;
- Telling miners to “learn to code”.
And that’s without touching the woeful appearances during the Democratic primary debates.
Biden lurched from incoherent to angry, rambling to confused, and just about every reaction between that proved him to be very much the opposite of a stable genius.
He was rebuked handily by his opponents. Even Eric Swalwell managed to get some digs in.
The former veep revealed on repeat how out-of-touch he is with the vocal progressives of his own party. Backing away from marijuana legalization, endorsing the idea of immigrants having to learn English (gasp!), and even suggesting he might have appointed a Republican as his vice president.
These positions may have helped him win over some conservatives in a presidential election, but in a primary they have proved deeply problematic.
Perhaps the best insight into Biden’s unviability came during his New York Times interview, which the editorial board also featured for most of the other Democrat candidates.
He began by talking about how his son Hunter did nothing wrong in Ukraine, before – just one minute later – declaring “He’s acknowledged that he thought it was a mistake… he has come forward and said it was a mistake on his part to be on the board.”
During the interview he went on to accuse the New York Times Editorial Board of going to cocaine parties (he probably wasn’t wrong, but it’s a heck of a thing to hurl at your sympathetic interviewers); as well as contradicting himself, lecturing his interviewers, and doubling down on a number of falsehoods that should have been quite easy to clean up.
Flatly, we’ve all known Joe Biden hasn’t been “viable” for a long time, but hearing it on repeat on Monday night was glorious simply because it was the Democratic party’s obsession with impeaching President Trump that has likely been the leading factor in Biden’s increasing unpopularity with the electorate.
He’s corrupt. He’s broke. And frankly, it’s baffling he was ever considered the “front runner”.