Joe Biden doesn’t look like he wants to win the presidency.
There is something not right about Joe Biden. The people supporting Biden are not effusive about some great change the former vice president will bring. There is genuine excitement about the possibility of stopping Donald Trump. However, the feel-good factor seems to end there. There is nothing about Biden that is making the Democratic base wait anxiously for November.
Then there is Biden himself. Leaving aside the lack of policy substance in his campaign, Biden himself seems quite sullen and dull. A stunning victory over Sanders on the March 3 Super Tuesday stunned him more than the Sanders camp. Since that day, he has rarely come on TV and shown real excitement about his candidacy. Every interview the presumptive Democratic nominee has given portrays a lack of initiative or excitement.
Even hardened Democrats would admit as much. They had perhaps hoped that Biden would carry some momentum during this part of the election cycle, especially after Sanders dropped out. No, Biden has failed to build any type of goodwill with the electorate. He has failed to unite his own party and not reached out to crucial rust-belt states which will decide the race in November.
The Trump Show
Biden has failed to create any kind of momentum because he is not a master at manipulating the mainstream like Trump is.
As soon as it became clear that Biden would be the nominee, Trump took centre stage. He began appearing in press conferences every day, blabbering nonsense at times, but reminding people nonetheless that he is in charge.
Mainstream media, that can never get enough of Trump, happily covered his tomfoolery and gave him free air time. Trump is one of the few politicians in the United States who knows how to bend bad publicity to his advantage. Despite pundits and news show hosts dunking on him for the past six weeks, Trump has ensured one thing. He pushes Biden into the background.
Is Hillary 2020 Really a Possibility?
Some news outlets have speculated Clinton replacing Biden as the Democratic nominee. To understand this, we will have to engage in a little prophesizing.
As of May 2, Joe Biden is at the cusp of what could be a major scandal. The Tara Reade story is finally being given the kind of attention it deserves in the mainstream media. The Deleware documents, currently being held by the University of Deleware, possibly contain further evidence of Biden’s transgressions.
If this scandal becomes mainstream, Biden’s candidacy may slowly begin to unravel. We could see big names in the Democratic party calling on Biden to drop out.
Since Biden has not shown any kind of excitement to win the presidency in November, he could be more compliant than expected.
If the pieces move as we have just described, the Democrats would need a new nominee. The new nominee, according to the neo-liberal establishment of the Democratic Party, would have to be someone who can match Trump’s flair to attract the media.
Barring any special scenario where Obama returns for a third term or convinces Michelle to throw her name into the mix, there is only one name that can satiate the sensationalist tendencies of the media – Hillary Clinton.
Besides Trump and Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton is the only politician in the United States that can gather a lot of free press. She has a readymade political infrastructure she can call into action at the pressing of a button. And, she would make those watching MSNBC every night very happy.
Needless to say, this is a hypothetical scenario. As absurd as this may seem to some, the Democratic establishment could easily sell this to their donors and elite liberal class. After all, they have the combined power of the establishment media at their disposal.
Could Hillary Win?
The race between Trump and Clinton was very close in 2016? The 2016 election result is seen as an outlier by many geniuses in the establishment media. Using the same logic, nominating Clinton again in 2020 makes a lot of sense.
Except that it doesn’t.
Hillary is almost as unlikeable to the American public as Trump. And Trump, despite presiding over a pandemic that has ripped the country’s economic fabric, is still clocking 49% approval rating.
For better or worse, the American public doesn’t believe Trump is as bad as the media portrays him. Hillary on the other hand, despite staying away from the limelight for the last three and a half years, is still as divisive as she was.
A Hillary Clinton nomination would again energize the Republican base. Another Trump-Clinton general election could bring an end to the Democratic Party.