While Biden leads the Democratic nomination sweepstakes contestants by 2 to 1….
He shouldn’t be doing the Hillary Clinton redo of just sitting on a lead…
If he is gonna be the nominee, running against Donald Trump?
He’s gonna have to prove to Democrats he’s up to the job…
Kamala Harris is NOTHING like what would come at him from Trump…
Get out there and work for it Joe…
It’ll make you better and stronger….
Joe Biden intended to stay above the fray. He wasn’t going to punch down at opponents, or embark on any apology tours for past votes or statements. Creating a sense of inevitability was the goal.
That strategy is now out the window.
Since Kamala Harris cold-cocked him on the debate stage two weeks ago, Biden has had to recalibrate. The former vice president, who rarely submits to TV news interviews, granted a sit-down to CNN. His surrogates have been unleashed to deliver more pointed attacks on Harris. In speeches, he’s now more directly referencing his eight years with Barack Obama as a defense.
Perhaps most revealing of all, after repeatedly insisting he said nothing wrong in his controversial comments about working with segregationist senators, Biden finally conceded — he offered an apology over the weekend for the “pain and misconception” his words caused.
“There are people that are all over Joe to get more aggressive,” according to a source who spoke with Biden in recent days. “People are very nervous.”
The source added that the debate will be Biden’s next big test. “If he doesn’t come out strong and swinging, you’re going to see a lot of people leaving him.”
Since the late June debate when Harris surprised him with an attack on his record on racial issues — including working with segregationist senators and his opposition to federally mandated busing — Biden has received an earful from supporters and donors who say he lacked both presence and aggression in the debate, according to sources who recently attended events with or spoke to the former vice president in recent days.
More worrisome, the former vice president has seen his poll numbers slide in post-debate surveys.
In recent days, he’s worked to get back on track, beginning with a more coherent defense of his work on civil rights. In South Carolina, where the African American vote will be pivotal to the outcome of the primary, he apologized for his remarks concerning segregationist senators.
Still, it’s clear that the debate sparked a realization that Biden would need a different approach with five more debates in 2019 alone, and seven months to go until Iowa votes….