Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
It is fair to say that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a bad way. It’s pretty close to being on life support after coming in fifth in New Hampshire.
Now, he still could recover in South Carolina on February 29, but he’s definitely in deep trouble unless he gets a resounding victory there.
But when everyone on the left was pointing to Biden as the “most electable,” one of the things they left out was that he’s never actually won a primary in the three times that he’s run for president, as my colleague Sister Toldjah reported earlier. Not only not won, but not finished higher than fourth.
Biden fled New Hampshire early yesterday before the results came in to go to South Carolina.
But although he left New Hampshire, he didn’t leave behind his predilection for gaffes.
Biden was trying to encourage his supporters and explain that the first two states weren’t the end, that while those two states had weighed in, there were more states coming. But he confused New Hampshire with Nevada.
“It is important that Iowa and Nevada have spoken,” Joe Biden says, presumably meaning New Hampshire as Nevada hasn’t yet spoken.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 12, 2020
Joe Biden confuses Nevada with New Hampshire & they’ve only been to two states so far. pic.twitter.com/Bchk7MHU7u
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) February 12, 2020
I’ve completely lost count of how many gaffes he’s made because there have been so many of them.
He’s hoping that South Carolina will be his backstop and recovery zone.
99.9% — that’s the percentage of African-American voters who have not yet had a chance to vote in this nomination process. You cannot and should not win the Democratic nomination for President without the support of black and brown voters.
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) February 12, 2020
Another interesting point from Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.
The three major center/left candidates so far (Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Biden): 53%
But, the first group's failure to consolidate is the best thing going for Bernie Sanders.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) February 12, 2020
If Bernie doesn’t pull away and others rise, you could have a pretty crowded effort at the top of the board rolling into Super Tuesday.
Assuming Biden and his gaffes survive to that point.