Media, Dems agree: Basement Biden “not a good look”
Fox News host Chris Wallace said that Joe Biden’s refusal to come out of his house and campaign against Trump is increasingly a “bad look” for the campaign.
“You could hold a news conference on his front lawn, you know, and be 10 feet away from people,” Wallace said on Fox-produced podcast. “But I just think it’s becoming an increasingly bad look, as people are beginning to open up, for him to be stuck in the basement of his father’s home in Delaware.”
Perhaps Wallace’s criticism was in response to Biden call him “Chuck” instead of “Chris” back in March.
The basement look seems to be a sticking point with some.
In April, Biden was struggling to remain relevant while Trump and governors dominated the spotlight with daily COVID-19 briefings to the press. The UK’s Telegraph did a story about Biden launching a podcast from “his basement.”
“As America finds itself locked in a battle with COVID-19, the ‘invisible enemy,’ forcing millions to stay home and dominating public debate,” said the Telegraph, “Mr Biden has struggled to be heard.”
Liberal sites, like the New Republic, trashed the effort as milquetoast, and dull; the audio equivalent of proof-of-life. The best that can be said about the show’s unbearable dullness is that it “does bolster one of Biden’s core arguments: that he is not Donald Trump.”
Other media sites have picked up the same theme as Wallace and that could spell trouble for Biden, who is struggling to connect to voters, even in the Democrat Party.
The Boston Herald ran an editorial from its ed-board (Basement Biden not a good presidential look) saying that while Trump stumps each day, Biden seems to be relying on the fact that not being Trump is enough to win. “But for those who are looking for a substantive, powerful alternative, the voice from the basement is not enough.”
Biden has always been widely criticized as lacking campaign discipline to stay on message. Some Democrats think that’s part of his charm, but others point to examples like this tweet from Dan Bongino as making him seem awkward and out of touch.
Recently, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway opined that maybe Democrats don’t want Biden to come out of the basement.
But that’s not so.
Liberal campaign bigwigs such as David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Liz Smith, Yvette Simpson, and even close Biden friend, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), have all expressed some concern about Biden being stuck in the basement.
Still, there is a lot of time between now and November. Campaign aides say that Biden is just trying to set a good example for the current crisis.
“This is not politics,” Biden said. “This is life.”
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