“Let’s finish strong,” Biden cried out to his voters yesterday. Of course, Biden has a different definition of finishing strong than most of us do. For old Sleepy Joe, “finishing strong” means calling an early lid and settling in for a nice, long rest. When he made the statement, there were 15 days left on the campaign trail.
The strong finisher that he is, he will be on the road for a grand total of four of them. This is a man who is all but taunting Trump at this point. He does not think that he has to do any further campaigning because the election is already won. To be fair, the Biden camp probably has a fair amount of concern about his propensity for babbling….and meltdowns.
At the moment, they are taking a very obvious approach. Anything that Biden says or does that veers slightly off the script that has been prepared for him is being avoided. In their minds, it is better to let Trump be the one to do all of the talking at this point. Biden’s been able to avoid most major gaffes so far and there’s not much dirt that can be dug up on him that hasn’t already been ignored.
The next public appearance for Biden won’t take place until the next debate on Thursday. He’s prepared to let Trump punch himself out. While Trump travels the nation and fundraises, Biden will be at home catching some shuteye. It’s a fairly extreme version of the rope a dope technique but the Democrats’ reasoning here is pretty sound.
There’s no reason to let Joe go out there and do any damage at this point. The polls have played out in their favor, so there has to be a certain level of cautious optimism. The general public seems to already think that the election is over, which also plays a role in their plan. Perception is everything….until it isn’t.
Ed O’Keefe of CBS claims to have insight into the Biden campaign’s thought process. Unfortunately, none of what he says seems to jibe with reality. There’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo in there about Biden needing to focus on debate preparation. A career politician in his age bracket should not need that much time to prep for a debate. He’s been at this for nearly half a century.
“This week is mostly about the big prep. He will not be seen again after today until Thursday night in Nashville at that next debate. So, they are going to keep him focused on that. That’s a signal that they believe this is still a very big opportunity for them to provide one last big contrast with the President and that they have to prepare him for potential attacks from the President. The other thing they’re going to continue to do this is spend the record sums of money they’ve raised,” said O’Keefe.
Clearly, this has nothing to do with debate preparation. He wants to keep the focus away from himself. His campaign promises are getting increasingly radical. It’s in Biden’s best interests to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. They are taking the old adage about re-election campaigns being more dependent on the behavior of the incumbent to the absolute extreme.
There’s zero ground game to speak of. Biden does not even care to make a compelling case for himself. It’s all about how bad the other guy is. He panders to the far left as much as he can but let’s face it. He’s no Bernie Sanders in that regard. Could this seemingly insane strategy possibly work? Stranger things have happened before.
“Finish strong” in this instance is actually a form of coded language. It means that Biden’s job is done and now it is time for everyone else to pick up the slack. He’ll be snoozing in the basement while all of the real work is getting done.