‘A little off-putting’: Even confident Dems can’t explain Biden’s campaign schedule
Although Democrats are strutting and acting very confident over Joe Biden’s chances of winning the 2020 election, privately they are second-guessing some decisions the Democratic nominee’s campaign made with his late travel schedule. They are confused by Biden’s choices in the eleventh hour of his campaign.
One of the sticking points is the decision for Biden to go to Georgia instead of focusing on a must-win state like Michigan or Wisconsin. The campaign stops appear to be poorly chosen and don’t make much sense at this point in the game. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will also head to Texas, where she will make three stops across the state.
“It’s definitely a little off-putting,” worried one Democratic strategist, per The Hill. “I think the Biden folks are putting themselves at a big risk for being second-guessed. It feels like even if it’s only perception, perception is super important at this point in the race … [it’s as] important as much as stoking enthusiasm and confidence.”
“I really don’t understand it,” a second strategist pointed out. “You say you don’t want to travel much because of the virus, so make the travel you actually do count. Why are we even trying in Texas?”
The first strategist stated that President Trump is using more of an Upper Midwest strategy, straight out of his 2016 playbook. Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried to expand the map and spent time in red states like Arizona. But Clinton didn’t travel to Wisconsin, and Democrats say she also neglected Michigan. It may have cost her the presidency.
Biden has handled the campaign contest this time differently. He held a large lead in Wisconsin before the Democratic convention according to some of the polls. And now, the Washington Post is claiming that Biden has a 17 point lead in the state. However, the Washington Post touted similar numbers for Hillary in 2016 and got it spectacularly wrong. Trump believes he is doing well in Wisconsin but no one will know for sure until election day.
According to a New York Times-Siena College poll, Biden is leading Trump in Michigan by 8 points. Once again, that poll is contested and the Trump team firmly believes they will carry Michigan.
Though the Biden campaign and Democrats are acting overly confident, they are trying to calm worries among their base from those who do not feel so sure that Biden will win the election.
For instance, Trump believes he will take Minnesota this time. A state that Clinton narrowly won in 2016. To boost support, Biden is traveling there on Friday. In Biden’s first three-state swing during the election, he will also go to Wisconsin and to Iowa. Trump won Iowa easily in 2016 and looks to take the state once again during this election.
Since President Trump has been so successful in the economy, foreign policy, and almost every other area in politics, the Biden campaign has settled on attacking him over his COVID-19 response. They are accusing Trump of handling it poorly.
Working against Biden as well is the fact that he has limited himself to one appearance a day or less. While Trump is holding three to five rallies a day, Biden keeps shutting his campaign down in the early hours of the day.
A number of Democrats would really like it if Biden was more aggressive. They believe it would not only win him more states but assist down-ballot Democrats in places like Georgia and Texas.
“We feel pretty good about where we are,” one Biden ally said. “There’s no harm in trying to expand the map.”
All of America is holding its breath until election day next week. The Left believes that Biden will win the presidency and the Democrats will take the Senate. That would mean that the radical Left would control two of the three branches of government.
Asked if Biden should be traveling to shore up Democratic strongholds, Democratic strategist Eddie Vale replied, “If this was a normal year, yes.”
“In this year, with the pandemic going and Trump self-immolating himself every day, I’m cool with it,” Vale stated.
Democratic strategist Christy Setzer acknowledged that “it’s a balancing act, and it’s hard.”
“You don’t want to leave any votes on the table, and there are clear benefits to in-state visits from the candidate, including local media attention,” Setzer said. “You also can’t let any state become the next ‘Hillary didn’t visit Wisconsin.’”
Setzer then pivoted and stated that the campaign has to “balance that impulse with protecting the public health of supporters and the candidate and providing an optics contrast with Trump’s campaign and the candidate.”
Many hear this and just see it as an excuse for Biden to not campaign the way he should.
While Biden seems to believe he will carry Florida, rallies there this week tell a different story. Thousands showed up to watch President Trump speak across the state. Only a handful of supporters showed up for the Biden/Harris ticket. If Trump wins Florida, chances are he will serve a second term.
Biden is also expected to appear alongside Obama in Michigan this weekend, where supporters expect voters will get a jolt of last-minute energy. “They’ll get to see what they’ve been missing these past four years,” the Biden ally said. However, the primary ingredient the Biden campaign is missing is energy. That jolt would have to be the equivalent of a massive lightning strike.