Another crucial day on the campaign trail — another easy day for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Why Biden has to take breaks just eight days before the election is a question Democrats are going to face if President Trump starts closing the gap in the final hours.
It’s highly unusual if not unprecedented for a presidential campaign to be taking entire days off — in Biden’s case, for five days last week — right before an election.
Even Michael Dukakis at the very end of his failed 1988 campaign was crisscrossing the country day and night in a futile bid to catch up to Republican George H.W. Bush. Dukakis blew a huge lead in the polls and is now a punch line but at least he worked hard.
Biden takes multiple days off at the end of a campaign and we’re supposed to believe it’s just to run out the clock? Biden — facing criticism for his schedule — stopped by in Pennsylvania in Monday for a few hours for what amounted to a token appearance. Trump, by contrast, held three rallies on Monday in Pennsylvania.
“I am not overconfident about anything,” Biden said.
Right, that’s why progressive groups are already plotting a takeover of the Biden administration, putting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in charge of the Treasury and socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in charge of Labor.
It’s almost like Biden himself is an afterthought in his own campaign. Voters are so desperate to defeat Trump they are overlooking the man at the top of the ticket. Or maybe just assuming running mate Kamala Harris will be running things.
And what exactly is the Biden campaign hiding?
The former VP could be just tired, or not feeling well, or showing the wear and tear that a presidential campaign can inflict on a 77-year-old nominee. Or it could be something else.
It was uncomfortable to watch Biden in a rare public appearance at an online fundraiser — his ever watchful wife at his side. Watch Jill Biden look stunned as her husband struggles to name his opponent — is it “George?”
Or is the Biden campaign terrified of a last-minute gaffe or stumble that alters the direction of the campaign?
Then there’s the ongoing problem of Hunter Biden. Democrats could be fearful of exposing the nominee to uncomfortable questions about his son’s sketchy business dealings with foreign countries — but that seems less likely because the mainstream media is essentially ignoring the issue.
Trump, meanwhile, is campaigning frantically around the country — basking in the cheering crowds and raising Hunter whenever he can.
Losing candidates often look their best at the end of their failed quest, and that could be what’s happening with Trump.
But voters can also sense when a candidate is mailing it in. Biden better not hope that happens this time.
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