The New York Times published a piece on Thursday spotlighting an enthusiasm deficiency surrounding former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign.
Joe Biden is leading in national polls, but on the ground in Iowa, voters repeatedly emphasized that their support for him was linked to what they perceive as his strength against President Trump — and not necessarily to enthusiasm for Biden himselfhttps://t.co/wpv8XYMOr3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 22, 2019
The basis for the piece:
The former vice president certainly has devoted fans, in Iowa and around the country, and continues to enjoy good will and respect from Democratic voters.
But the risks of a campaign argument that is heavily reliant on strong poll numbers, which can be fickle in a tumultuous election, were on vivid display throughout Mr. Biden’s trip to Iowa, as voters repeatedly emphasized that their support for him was closely linked to what they perceived as his strength against Mr. Trump.
Biden currently has a 12.8-point national lead and an 8-point Iowa lead, via the RCP average.
“If there would be a horse leading right now for me, it would probably be Biden, because all the polls indicate he would beat Trump handily,” one voter said. Asked how Biden’s been doing: “He hasn’t been doing anything wrong, let’s put it that way.” https://t.co/AcBYj4ZMtc
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) August 22, 2019
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 22, 2019
Not that we would ever accuse the Times of being biased.
New York Times editor says paper had to retool after Mueller report. 'We built our newsroom to cover one story,' Baquet said. 'Now we have to regroup…to take on a different story.' What is it? Trump racism. https://t.co/G0b5EMlXlb
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 16, 2019
But just assuming that they are reflecting the sentiment of the Left in this piece, what does this say about where Democrats are 15 months from a presidential election?