Because of Donald Trump’s coronavirus catastrophe, Joe Biden can’t campaign like a normal candidate. Instead he’s picking his spots, holding in-person events only when they’re safe and practical, and mostly conducting his campaign virtually. The thing is, it’s working – and not just in terms of how far he is ahead of Trump in the polls.
The latest polling reveals that Joe Biden is receiving overwhelmingly strong support from Elizabeth Warren supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters – leading the New York Times to conclude that if there ever really was a “Bernie or bust” movement in the 2020 race, it doesn’t exist now.
We can debate the reasons for this. Has the desire to oust Donald Trump supplanted any infighting within the Democratic Party? Has the worsening pandemic resulted in unity? Has Biden always been more broadly popular with the left than the loudest of “progressives” wanted us to believe? In any case, this is real news for Joe Biden.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report