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The Biden (Un)Campaign Continues Strategy of Running Out the Clock

Running the clock out on President Trump is effective for Joe Biden because it uses each candidate's vulnerabilities to Biden's advantage.

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Thursday that members of Congress and party delegates should not travel to Milwaukee for the party’s convention in August. While Vice President Biden will still deliver his acceptance speech on the convention floor, much of the convention will take place virtually. It’s not clear who, or how many will be in attendance to hear Biden’s speech live.

“We…have come to the hard decision that members of Congress should not plan to travel to Milwaukee. No delegates will travel to Milwaukee, and Caucus and Council meetings will take place virtually.”

Chasseny Lewis, Senior Advisor to the Convention Committee

While this decision can certainly be viewed as logical in light of many other event cancellations and modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also in keeping with the unofficial Biden Campaign strategy of lying low and running out the clock on President Trump.

The former Vice President has notoriously limited personal appearances and media interviews for several months, as he has taken refuge in his basement since the early days of the pandemic. When he has spoken on camera, some of his appearances have been marred by unintelligible mutterings, lost script reading and outrageous comments like “You ain’t black.”

So the long-time Senator has likely acquiesced to the strategy pushed by party influencers and campaign officials of lying low and letting President Trump beat himself by alienating varying sectors of the public with his response to the virus and the civil unrest that still plagues pockets of the nation. In basketball terminology, this would be called the Four Corners offense. Legendary North Carolina Coach, and renowned liberal, Dean Smith would be quite proud. In all honesty, it’s not a bad plan and seems to be working quite well.

Liberal New York Times columnist, Thomas L. Friedman even went so far as to suggest Biden not debate Trump. Friedman recommended Biden only agree to debates if Trump releases his tax returns and if a mutually agreeable fact checking team polices both candidates’ statements in real time. Friedman’s column began with the words, “I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump.” That statement sums up the fears of the Democrat establishment, including the radical leftists who have co-opted Biden’s campaign while propping him up a la Weekend at Bernie’s.

Imagine Hillary Clinton hiding out and carefully parsing words to avoid a gaffe. Her ego would not have allowed it, nor would her abilities or inabilities have dictated it. She was and remains an effective and eloquent speaker. Biden was also that at one time, even if some of it was plagiarized. But those days have passed. Biden has repeatedly served up fodder to an opponent who absolutely delights in pouncing on and mocking the weakness of his foes.

Running the clock out on President Trump is effective for Joe Biden because it uses each candidate’s vulnerabilities to Biden’s advantage. Biden can shield himself from flubbery with the forced isolation of the coronavirus, while the President continues to speak with a metaphorical megaphone via Twitter, press gaggles, Rose Garden ceremonies and any other time he has an audience. As President, Trump does not have the luxury of hiding out, but wouldn’t do it if he could. With his own knee-jerk style, his intolerance of far left buffoonery, and a media that is largely aligned against him, the President is fighting an uphill battle.

The debates are likely Trump’s best and last chance to outshine and expose Biden. He won’t win over new voters with his personality at this point. He’s losing some supporters who agree with him on policy because they loathe his style. And he’s taking his PR lumps over trying to hold a crowded convention while Biden plans to address an empty arena. So Trump is not likely to win re-election on his own merits. He can only hope to thoroughly humiliate Biden and cause him to stutter and stammer and lose his place like we’ve all seen him do. And it needs to happen in at least two out of the three debates, including the final one. Otherwise, Biden may just pass the ball around the court as the clock runs out.

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