Skip to comments.Biden plots an early kill
Posted on 05/16/2019 6:47:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Joe Biden is trying to snuff out his Democratic competitors before the race really gets going.
Why it matters: By all accounts, Biden's strategy is working even though his campaign isn't even a month old. And others are noticing and feeling threatened.
He's running like its a general election, cresting the aura of inevitability and readiness to stare down Trump.
He's effectively dancing around topics like the Green New Deal, which could be a killer in the general election, and instead telling voters about the climate proposal he'll unveil as early as the end of this month.
He's promised to never attack a fellow Democrat. As the frontrunner, he's the one who benefits from a primary with minimal infighting.
Early momentum begets money, so his campaign is racing to vacuum up front-runner coin.
Just look at the way President Trump can't stop talking about Biden. Or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and activists like the Justice Democrats, who are relishing the opportunity to attack Biden whenever possible particularly on climate change and his policy record.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee said Biden is "our worst foot forward in the general election," slamming him for a comment he made on the trail about how his "Republican friends" might have an "epiphany" and start working with Democrats when Trump isn't president anymore.
"Just like his support of NAFTA and a middle ground on the existential climate crisis, this ... is the latest example of Biden operating in an insider world of yesteryear," the group said in a statement.
The focus on his record is important here. While most 2020 Democrats haven't started throwing punches at Biden, some Democrats say that could change next month.
"The debates will be the time everyone tries to take a shot at Biden," said one Democratic operative who asked to remain anonymous because they consult with various campaigns. "Theres no way campaigns arent looking to talk about his record at the debates."
Expect Biden to stand up for himself and defend his record, but he's not going after other Democrats any time soon.
Between the lines: Campaign aides wouldn't talk about it openly, but privately, several tell me there's not a real incentive to attack one another just yet and it would be especially unwise if they tried to go after Biden now.
He's been the frontrunner in polls since before he announced his bid for the White House, and he has solidified his lead since he got into the race.
His proximity to Barack Obama puts 2020 Democrats in an awkward position because they don't want to be viewed as anti-Obama if they come out against his right-hand man.
If anything, campaign aides said they'll point out policy differences with Biden, just not in a way that's negative.
What they're saying: "Let the oppo research come from the Democratic opposition, which is Trump not from other Democrats," said Democratic strategist Alaina Beverly, who worries that it'll be hard to unify the party around the eventual nominee if the attacks get more personal and less policy oriented.
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, told Axios that "the stakes are even higher" now that Trump is president. "Democrats are desperate to have a nominee thats strong," she said not someone who's been damaged by other Dems.
The bottom line: It's all working for now, but keep your eye on the debates.
Go deeper: Joe Biden is running like he won the Democratic primaries
lol Or grope.
I don’t see the more radical part of the party (a too big number!) voting for him.
Just ask Hillary how it’s done.
The writer’s on crack!
Blacks will, though.
I tend to think the opposite; Biden himself is on many candidates Kill List. They haven’t even got started yet.
For announced presidential candidates, low-to-mid single digits is pretty much fatal. Jeb Bush territory.
Biden will not last a year...The guy can hardly answer a question..and his walking is not very good
He will have to get help like Hillary got to sew this up.
Whichever Dem loser ultimately wins the nomination, Trump is going to destroy them, and it’s going to be fun to watch.
The Democrat Party is wholly owned by the globalist shadow brokers. Each and every one of these candidates is auditioning to play the role of President. None of them can or intend to operate independently, and ultimately the nomination will go to whoever the puppet masters choose.
What will Biden do when it is possible that all this Russia stuff might lead to him and Obama?
He got the Yeb! playbook.
He’ll get the nomination. The rest are too risky. Biden will lose without destroying the party.
Its ONLY a month old. The first time he debates with the others they will take out the knives.
That gif NEVER gets old.
That’s hilarious. I assume a photo shop? Maybe not.
Biden’s polling in PA is disturbing. And Blacks will back him, like they wouldn’t with Hillary. He is formidable, for now. But 18 months is a LONG time, and he has already lost a lot of mental sharpness over 2012. He could well decline rapidly as the stress of travel and speeches take their toll.
I found it on the interweb so it has to be true.
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