Joe Biden’s off the campaign trail and doing shadow coronavirus addresses from his makeshift living room studio. We can’t blame the 77-year-old for not shaking hands, sniffing babies, and poking people in the chest if they ask tough questions, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of enthusiasm since Biden secured his front-runner status on Super Tuesdays 1 and 2.

Atlantic contributing writer Alex Wagner has a piece out Tuesday called, “Stay Alive, Joe Biden: Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.” That’s not saying a lot, but we take it the idea is that Biden, more than anything, is not President Trump, and all he needs to do is not be Trump in order to win in November.

Wagner writes:

Two days before the South Carolina primary that would reverse his political fortunes and redirect the course of the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden’s campaign for president announced a hastily planned event in McClellanville, South Carolina. The national campaign press was alerted that Biden would enter full battle mode at this stop, that the proverbial gloves were about to come off ahead of the kill-or-be-killed primary on Saturday, and no one would want to miss this one.

And yet, when the cameras and reporters arrived, all they found were a few folding chairs in an otherwise empty parking lot, in front of a community health center. Biden walked out to a podium, mumbled a few words about the improvements he wanted to make to Obamacare, and then shuffled off, alone. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and absolutely nothing had changed. The most notable thing about the event was how unremarkable it was.

Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past — who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics — rather than for anything in his present. It’s as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate.

Still, that’s all the Democrats have right now.

Our only hope is that the debates between Biden and Trump aren’t postponed or canceled; Biden has enough trouble reading a teleprompter in his living room.


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