Who could have guessed it would come to this? Joe Biden, the former Vice President, seemed to have it all.
A spotty record of career politicking in the Senate.
A long stint as the jester to Obama’s king.
A habit of screaming at Democrat voters to “vote for someone else” on the campaign trail.
A predilection towards touching women inappropriately in the era of #MeToo.
An unseemly scandal stemming from his son’s bizarre position with a Ukrainian energy company.
An uncomfortable history of denigrating an African-American woman’s sexual harassment allegations.
A tendency to commit unforced gaffes, such as when he advised that we need to keep “punching at” the problem of domestic violence.
Why WOULDN’T this guy be the Democratic frontrunner?
But it’s clear after the Iowa Caucus (to the extent that anything is clear following that organizational catastrophe) that much of the frontrunner mystique surrounding Biden was an illusion.
Depending on which partial results you look at, Biden finished somewhere between fourth and fifth in the state’s results. Furthermore, he’s not looking to improve much on that standing in New Hampshire. While he’s still polling ahead of the field nationally, primaries aren’t decided by a national popular vote. If Biden’s momentum dies out before Super Tuesday, he could be the Jeb! of the 2020 election, consigned to the memory bin long before we get to the conventions.
In addition to his poor showing in Iowa, Biden is, to put it plainly, running out of money. He has far less campaign cash on hand than his closest rivals, and his donation machine is so far behind Trump’s that you can’t even compare the two without chuckling.
But forget about Trump for a minute; with Michael Bloomberg potentially spending more on this bid for the White House than anyone has ever spent in American history, Biden simply will not be able to keep up. His big hope – his only hope – was to build enough momentum going into Super Tuesday that Bloomberg, Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg would be too far behind to make up the difference. That hope is fading fast.
If Biden had anything going for him at the start of this thing, it was the argument that he was the most “electable” candidate to put up against Donald Trump. But if the “electable” guy can’t actually win elections, it kinda puts a damper on that claim.