He’s vulnerable to hypocrisy attacks. It’s a good guess it will do him in – if nominated. But wasn’t he – even VP under the first black president in US history? Well, it doesn’t matter!
As I’ve argued before, Biden’s gaffe-prone behavior and his reactionary impulses on a wide range of issues, make him uniquely vulnerable to “gotcha” trolling. That’s where conservatives attack a Democratic politician sorta-kinda from the left, accusing them of racism or sexism or anti-Semitism.
That’s why the Washington Examiner and other conservative publications are so keen on running stories about Biden being sexist or racially insensitive. For conservative audiences, such stories read as, “How dare those Democrats tell me to be ‘politically correct’ when they’re just as bad?!”
But those stories will also reach liberal audiences, causing them to feel demoralized and less excited to vote, give money or volunteer for campaigns. It’s a brilliant strategy, frankly, in that it simultaneously energizes right-wing resentment while stifling progressive hopes.
There’s every reason to think that Biden will be undermined by this strategy going into the November 2020 election, if Democrats are foolish enough to nominate him. He has been relatively cloistered from the press compared to the other candidates, yet he can’t seem to go a week without saying or doing something that feeds into this “hypocrisy” narrative.