Coming into the first Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden was far ahead in the polls. He was the presumed favorite to win the Democratic nomination.
However, the debate happened didn’t go well for Biden.
Biden seemed cocky and too laid-back in his demeanor. He came across as smug, knowing that he was leading the polls and was the presumed favorite to take on President Trump in 2020.
Then Kamala Harris took Biden to the cleaners over an exchange on race. The tense moment went viral on the internet and gave Harris a jump in the polls.
Here is a brief recap of that exchange:
“I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground. But I also believe, and it’s personal — and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
She wasn’t through. She continued: “And you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
Biden responded. He said, “It’s a mischaracterization of my position across the board. I did not praise racists. That is not true, number one … I was a public defender. I didn’t become a prosecutor.
I came out and I left a good law firm to become a public defender when, in fact, my city was in flames because of the assassination of Dr. King, number one.”
This moment gave Kamala Harris the moment she had been waiting for and helped propel her up the polls.
The Hill reported that “on the second night of the debate, Harris was the clear winner with 59 percent of Democrats polled saying she outperformed the field, followed by Biden at 16 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 11 percent.”
Biden’s supposed electability has been his greatest strength in the polls up to this point. However, that took a hit following the debate.
The Hill reported: “In addition, the former Vice President’s electability argument appears to have taken a hit, although he is still seen as having the best shot to defeat Trump. Fifty-seven percent of
Democrats said they believe Biden is capable of defeating Trump, down from 70 percent in May.”
If I was one of Sleepy Joe’s advisors (thank God I am not), I would advise him to be more aggressive and prepared in the next debate. It was obvious that he thought he could just show up, answer a few questions, and let his fellow competitors stumble all over themselves as he continued his coronation to the nomination.
Nothing is inevitable in American politics. If Biden isn’t convinced, he ought to give Hillary Clinton a call. She can tell him about what happened to her in 2016.