Biden’s virtual campaign is a disaster

Biden’s virtual campaign is a disaster
Joe Biden and his ghost (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – You don’t say! By the way, the problem isn’t just technical glitches. It’s also Biden himself as well as his inability to generate enthusiasm among voters, who as a result aren’t turning out for these events in big numbers.]

They say that if you live long enough, you’ll get to experience nearly everything, and so it has been for Joe Biden, who has lived to see history’s first Zoom presidential campaign. Unfortunately for him, it’s his.

What is a presidential candidate without cheering crowds, balloon drops, overbearing music, a stage choked with grinning sycophants? Or without a dour Jim Lehrer or even a Larry King prodding him with uncomfortable questions face-to-face ?

Now we know the answer. Last week, as Biden remained confined to his Delaware home, his campaign took to YouTube to put on a virtual rally. It’s still available online, though in truncated, buttoned-up, highly edited form. When it was unfolding in real time, it was messier.

The “site” of the rally was designated as Tampa, Florida. (New motto for politics in the age of Zoom: “If you can’t attend, at least pretend.”)

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