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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden laughs with audience members during a meeting with local residents, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

 

If you want a prime example of what I meant last night when I said that Biden’s polling lead is largely meaningless in the current context of being locked down, here you go (see Joe Biden’s Handlers Are Now Having to Interject During Interviews).

Biden did a morning show today with The Breakfast Club, a self-described black media outlet, and it went about as well as you’d expect. At one point, the former VP actually comments that not voting for him as an African-American means you aren’t black.

Apparently, this comment came after multiple attempts by Biden’s handlers to cut the interview short. It’s now obvious why they are trying to keep such a tight leash on the presumptive Democrat nominee. The longer these interviews go and the more he talks, the more his mind melts into mush and he starts saying ridiculous, offensive things.

Biden will attempt to play this off as a joke. It doesn’t make it any less racist, nor would such a comment ever be tolerated from anyone in the Republican party. If this were a guy running for city council in Hermanville, it would still touch off a national news frenzy. As it stands, I suspect we’ll hear a lot of excuse-making and obfuscation from the media.

Regardless, what Biden said and the implications of it are what they are.

Even the condescending use of the word “ain’t” here is typical of the white Democrat entitlement pointed at the black community. Who can forget Hillary Clinton’s famous “accent” she’d don whenever she entered a black church? Or New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trying the same thing last year? Joe Biden doesn’t say “ain’t” in any other context as far as I’ve seen. But here, he thinks he gets to be the arbitrator of what makes someone black.

Does any of this mean some major shift of the African-American vote to Trump? Probably not. But what these continued “gaffes” by Biden do is further drive down his enthusiasm numbers. Right now, almost all polling is of registered voters. Eventually, we are going to see shifts to likely voter models with weighting. Given the current enthusiasm gap, that’s when you could see Biden’s “lead” evaporate.

In the meantime, his staffers have to be freaking out. They simply can not let this guy leave his basement and start campaigning again, yet that’s exactly what he will have to do starting in mid-summer as the lockdowns are lifted across the country. By August, we could see a full return to normalcy as far as stump speeches and appearances go. But Biden can’t even be trusted to do interviews from his basement without getting himself into trouble.

Anyone trying to predict the presidential race right now is spitting into the wind. Biden is mostly a mirage. He’s “generic Democrat,” currently trapped in his basement and covered in bubble wrap. Those protections, which aren’t even doing much to protect him as this story shows, are all going away very soon. This will be a totally different race in three months. Bank on it.

 

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