Three senators have endorsed Joe Biden in the hours after
kicked off. Given the time that Biden has had to prepare for the rollout of
his candidacy, there should be a coordinated surge of endorsement and donations
designed to affirm Biden’s frontrunner status and assuage concerns that the
old, white Democrat is not woke enough for today’s Democratic Party.
Hill reports that Chris Coons and Bob Casey, Biden’s home state senators
from Delaware, quickly stepped up to announce their support for the former vice
president. The third endorsement came from freshman Alabama Democrat Doug
Jones. Jones, a moderate Democrat who won the seat of Jeff Sessions, is facing
his own re-election battle in a deep red state, would benefit from having a
moderate candidate at the top of the Democratic ticket.
In a tweet,
Jones said, “The quality that makes Joe stand out is his ability to bring
people together to find common ground while standing up for what he believes is
right. We need to listen to each other and get things done for working people.”
Biden, who spent 36 years in the Senate and eight years as
vice president, should have an impressive amount of support among Democratic
insiders. If Democratic officials fail to rally around Biden with endorsements
and activists fail to welcome his candidacy with contributions that rival the
earnings of Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke, it could be an early sign that
Joe Biden’s third presidential campaign is about to fizzle.
Competing against a pack of relative unknowns and radicals,
however, Biden’s chances are good as long as he can avoid crippling gaffes.
With a large number of candidates on the extreme left wing competing for the
woke vote, Biden is the only well-known moderate in the race and stands to
benefit from the largely silent faction Democratic moderates such as
blue-collar, union Democrats. The 2020 Democratic primary may be the reverse of
the 2016 Republican primary in which traditional Republicans split the vote and
allowed Donald Trump to win the nomination without majority support.