Why Joe Biden’s poll numbers could “come down in a hurry” now that he’s officially running

Biden also said, in 2002, “I do not believe
this is a rush to war; I believe it’s a march to peace and security.” So, Andrew Cockburn, if you could comment
on his two runs for president, both failed? You know, all the media is saying the polls
show he’s the—you know, number one now, followed by Bernie Sanders. But, of course, he’s got the biggest name
recognition nationally. He was vice president for eight years under
President Obama. Well, that’s right. I mean, it is largely a factor of name recognition. But also, I mean, we have to think about those
two runs. And what it showed—first of all, there was,
as we’ve discussed, this astonishing gaffe in 1988, where he wasn’t just plagiarizing
this British politician, by the way. It turned out that his speeches also had extensive
passages lifted from Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, unbelievably. So, you know, it’s kind of—it’s hard
to explain this really sort of mental issue. But then that sank his—it’s not clear
that his campaign was going anywhere, anyway, at that time. And then, in 2008, you know, he didn’t even
have that excuse of a plagiarism. I mean, he made an astonishing remark about
Barack Obama early on, where he described him as “clean.” I mean, it was a very sort of racist—almost
racist-sounding, patronizing remark. And he got nowhere. You know, he really sputtered in his campaign,
sputtered and died. So it’s pretty bizarre to me, this sort
of—this cheering squad for Biden: you know, “Run, Joe! Run!” And I think, actually, what you—clip you
showed, featured, of him at the firefighters’ convention yesterday, was very telling, because
sounded like I can hear Donald Trump invoking, you know, low energy again. He didn’t sound like a, you know, ready-to-go
politician at all to me. He sounded sort of rather weary. I have the feeling sometimes that he—in
his heart, he doesn’t want to do it. That’s why we’ve had this sort of Hamlet
performance for months now. And the people around him, all these longtime
aides, this is their chance for, you know, a ticket in the big game, to be in on a big-time
presidential campaign, and they’re kind of pushing him into it. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think, you know,
if he does run, those poll numbers will come down in a hurry. He’s not an effective campaigner. He hates preparation. He hates like debate prep. He’s not a great fundraiser. He doesn’t like having to sort of kowtow
to big donors to get money. He’s got such an inflated ego. I really think that he is not—I’m not
the only person saying this; people who’ve known him for a long time think the same—that
he would really—what he really wants is to be anointed—you know, “Please, Mr.
Biden, please come and be our candidate. Please come and be our president”—without
having to go through the hard grind, the incredible exhaustion, of a modern presidential campaign.

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