NEW: Joe Biden, all but certain to run for President, is concerned he won’t garner the millions in online donations that Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders pulled in when they announced. Great scoop from ?@EmilyGlazer? and ?@KThomasDC? https://t.co/wcGfhICbGe
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 19, 2019
I like Joe Biden — it’s hard not to — but this, if true, is just terrible. (I refuse to buy a sub to the WSJ, so I can’t read the whole article, and am open to the idea that they’re trying to shiv Biden as the ‘most electable Dem’ to their readership.) Very few actions are less likely to attract Democratic voters in 2020 than being suspected of ‘talking to big donors’ in order to ensure ‘good finance optics’ in advance. Even for someone who isn’t already widely caricatured as ‘(D-MBNA)’.
It does reinforce my suspicion that Biden is less interested in actually running than he is in… doing what’s required / unable to give up going through the motions / out of touch with what 2020 Democratic voters, specifically women and people of color, want from a President. Better to rest on your laurels, Uncle Joe — don’t break your spirit and our hearts relitigating the Reagan era!
An almost equally tragic trial balloon:
Bad idea for two reasons:
1. Signals you're too weak to win the nomination by yourself
2. Picking a running mate without the benefit of a thorough vetting process, would be disastrous if something disqualifying crops up https://t.co/vzV5QwATS0
— Bill Scher (@billscher) March 19, 2019
There’s been a great many reports about Biden and Stacey Abrams meeting privately last week. Although doing so would certainly attract a lot of ‘earned media’ (as the Village Idiot pundits prefer to refer to free media, since they are in every sense professionals), at least 75% of it would be derisory — and that’s not even counting Twitter snark. Frankly, I respect Abrams too much to think she’d fall for so cheap an attention grab.
Now, Beto O’Rourke, on the other hand — I think he’s the guy Biden’s backers had in mind in the first place. And I think he’s perfectly capable of saying, off the cuff at some coffeehouse rally, that he’d gladly accept Biden’s offer to serve in a Beto administration just as he did for President Obama. And wouldn’t *that* just set the horserace-tout media to squawking about Dems in disarray…