It’s undeniably true that Biden doesn’t have much of a connection with the Democratic electorate, annnnnd it’s also undeniably true that he could get nominated despite that fact. I ask you: Which of the Democrats’ big two in 2016, Hillary or Bernie, had more of a visceral connection with primary voters?
And which won the nomination?
So long as Biden remains the candidate widely perceived as most likely to defeat Trump, he’s a legit threat to win. He’s like Hillary in certain key ways — center-left, Obama administration pedigree, massive name recognition, thoroughly establishment and supposedly electable. He’s also 10 times as likable and carries one-tenth as much scandal baggage. It just so happens that he can no longer produce a coherent sentence during the third hour of a primary debate. Dems will accept that flaw in a president as the price for tossing Trump out on his ear.