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Joe Biden in Iowa: What Went Wrong in the Caucuses

DES MOINES — Maybe it was the threat of bad weather. Maybe it was a seating assignment debacle. Maybe it was a struggling campaign organization that still hadn’t found its footing.

But as Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke at a major Iowa Democratic Party dinner in November, one thing was clear: His support appeared tepid compared with the vocal cheering sections of top rivals. The reception angered Mr. Biden and his top aides — and it left little doubt about his standing, three months before the nominating process in the Democratic presidential race would begin: The former vice president was in deep trouble in Iowa

In traditional journalism, this kind of article was called a Thumb Sucker -- analysis of why things happen rather than reporting on what happened.  And the Newspaper of Record's analysis is all about tactics, with almost no mention of issues that motivate voters to support or oppose a candidate.
Here is the main flaw of Joe's fourth place campaign in Iowa:


A late start proves costly

When Mr. Biden announced his candidacy on April 25, some of his chief rivals had already been running for months.]

His late start had long-lasting consequences, according to some of his supporters.

“He could have been here sooner and more aggressively,” said Mr. Vilsack, who became Mr. Biden’s top surrogate in the state. “Because this is all about relationships.”

“It was frustrating that they weren’t seeming to reach more people,” added Susan Judkins, a member of the Clive City Council. “Some of the other campaigns had been getting momentum. They had hired staffers who are known to Iowans, who had an ability to influence.”

When he did get to the state over the summer and into the fall, Mr. Biden’s team produced carefully managed events. He traveled with a phalanx of staff, sometimes used teleprompters and typically spoke from behind rope lines. None of that prevented a spree of verbal stumbles in Iowa in August — but according to some of his allies, it did keep Mr. Biden from showing off his biggest strength: his retail politicking skills.

“I’ve had that conversation at least since the end of May, beginning part of the summer, that Joe would do better and has always done better meeting with people,” said State Representative Bruce Hunter, a staunch Biden ally who said he made that case to Mr. Biden’s state campaign leadership. “He needed to get out more, talk to smaller groups of people, listen to them, give his vision one-on-one to people.”

Yet no amount of glad-handing could remedy an organization that even his supporters here found frustrating.

“His campaign is not a good campaign,” Roxanna Moritz, the Scott County auditor and a Biden supporter, said late last month. “They’re not embedding loyalty to the organization, he doesn’t do groundwork.”

She said that the campaign was “not returning phone calls, no follow through.”

“It’s kind of sad because I really do think he is the right person,” she added.

Within this Inside Baseball article, there is exactly one subordinate clause in a one sentence paragraph about the substance of public policy:

Interviews with more than a dozen advisers, allies and Iowa strategists show that Mr. Biden was late in focusing on Iowa, put together an organization there that fell well short of his top rivals’ and that his core pitch about electability and experience wasn’t enough to persuade voters who wanted a fresh face or more boldly progressive ideas

For connoisseurs of The Thumb Sucker, we do get this delicious quote from the Obama Cult:

David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, had warned Mr. Biden, according to an article in The Atlantic, “Do you really want it to end in a hotel room in Des Moines, coming in third to Bernie Sanders?”

Well, actually it turned out to be fourth.
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The days of the neoliberals are over when it comes to presidential politics.  Either the Repubs will keep winning under quasi  populism or a populist progressive will be president, one or the other, going forward, as far as the eye can see.
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Joe like someone else we know has displayed an ample amount of arrogance and entitlement as evidenced by thrusting his finger into faces, thumping his fist on chests, telling a voter to go vote for Bernie and calling another man fat.

What did he expect?

In the internet age, people see these displays of aggression quite readily.
We will not win fighting what we hate but by saving what we love.

Keep Calm and Carry On 👍

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