Ever since he got beaten up by Kamala Harris at the second Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden has been trying to regain his footing.
However, one of his top bundlers has jumped ship, sensing that the SS Biden has taken a hit below the waterline and is taking on water fast.
Politico has the story:
“A fundraiser for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign said he is no longer supporting the former vice president’s White House bid — and predicted that others may follow suit.
Tom McInerney, a San Francisco-based attorney who was a lead bundler for former President Barack Obama, told CNBC he informed Biden’s team of his decision on June 20.
The news of his break comes one day after Biden delivered an uneven debate performance that provoked new doubts about his candidacy and turned a spotlight back on his controversial statements and past policy positions on civil rights and abortion.”
This development is big trouble for Biden because, unlike many of his opponents who raise funds from small donors over the Internet, the former vice president is raising money the old-fashioned way, by schmoozing up to the big money people, the one-percenters that people like Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris all but want to march to the guillotine if they take power.
He recently had a conflab with a group of the well-heeled to reassure them that he would take care of them if he gets elected. That reassurance must have been comforting to folks who are caught between the red flag bolshevism of Sanders or Harris and the “traitor to his class” populism represented by President Trump.
McInerney’s defecting, with perhaps more to follow, suggests that a lot of the movers and shakers think that Biden can’t win. They are probably correct in that view, though the former vice president has been taking pains at being a center-left reasonable guy compared to the Red Guards he finds himself running again.
Biden recently suggested to the media that he finds the Medicare for All scheme to be unworkable, a true statement that a person like Bernie Sanders is too drunk on the prospect of getting power to realize.
On the other hand, he would like to restore the individual mandate to Obamacare, a system he cherishes despite its many dysfunctions. The mandate was one of the less popular aspects of the misbegotten health care reform bill.
Biden is also trying to burnish his somewhat fantastic self-image as some kind of tough guy.
The Washington Examiner notes:
“2020 front-runner Joe Biden compared President Trump to a bully he’d “smack” in the mouth, in a Friday morning interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Sure it worries me, in the sense that I’m looking forward to this, man. You walk behind me in a debate, come here, man. Don’t you think — you know me too well. The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? He’s the bully that I knew my whole life,” Biden stated.
“He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack them in the mouth,’ the former vice president added. But I think the American people want a president who has some dignity, who has a value set, who is actually trying to restore the soul of this country so when they turn on the television they look up and their kids say, ‘I want to be like that guy or that woman.’
One can only raise an eyebrow and wonder if Joe Biden couldn’t deal with Kamala Harris, why does he think he can go mano a mano with a bare-knuckle street brawler like Donald J. Trump?
If the Biden who got decked by Kamala Harris were to show up in a general election debate with Trump, he would have to be carried off the stage.
In the meantime, Biden is trying to repair some more self-inflicted damage from the debate. His was one of the hands that shot into the air when the group was asked whether they supported government-funded health care for illegal aliens.
When told that 60 percent of Americans oppose such a scheme, Biden backtracked on the issue and suggested that illegals should be just given emergency care. Incidentally, everyone, no matter what their immigration status, is treated in an emergency room as a matter of law.
So, like the Titanic, Biden is still slowing descending beneath the waves.