An optimist would say former Vice Pres. Joe Biden is cutting his losses and moving on. As of this morning’s RealClear Politic’s averages for New Hampshire, he was running in fifth place, after Amy Klobuchar.
A realist would tell him that throwing in the towel before a single vote is counted is a sign of weakness, if not an out-and-out miscalculation. Here’s Town Hall’s Guy Benson’s take:
Worst of all worlds. If you want to pass on NH, pass on it. Bad finish looks less bad. But he went and tried, then threw up his hands…and did so *on the day* he needs his supporters fired up to go vote. He’s terrible at this. https://t.co/nqGPPCkTQL
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 11, 2020
Yet, cutting and running is precisely what Biden is doing. According to New Hampshire ABC affiliate WCVB:
The campaign says Biden will address supporters in New Hampshire via livestream while his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, will thank them in person.
Biden is hoping to regain momentum, but for now, he’s conceding defeat in the New Hampshire primary.
“I think it’s a real disadvantage if you don’t come from the neighboring states. So I think it’s going to be hard to win this thing,” he said.
But he saw no problem with not coming from a neighboring state after his humiliating showing in Iowa, when he forecast a stronger performance in New Hampshire. (RELATED: Biden campaign co-chair blames Iowa loss on racism) Then, during the last few days leading up to today’s primary, he moderated his prediction, acknowledging that he would “take a hit” in the Granite State.
For all his dashed hopes, the 77-year-old continues to insist he’ll win the Democratic nomination. Indeed, the RCP averages do show him with a commanding lead in South Carolina and a 3.5-point advantage over his nearest rival in Nevada.
At the same time, his bellicosity at rallies of late may begin turn off even his most ardent followers, what few of those there are left.