“I’m not going to sugar-coat it,” Joe Biden told a crowd this afternoon in New Hampshire, but earlier his campaign was doing its best to obfuscate it. As John noted earlier, his spokespeople spent considerable effort trying to cast doubts on his shockingly poor performance in Iowa. On Tuesday, Team Biden’s deputy campaign manager spoke of “significant concerns” over the reliability of the results being reported in pieces that afternoon. As recently as this morning, Biden’s campaign was still emphasizing the partial nature of the results and making comments about the “integrity” of the process.
By this afternoon, though, Biden apparently figured that dancing around the problem was only making it worse. Better to rip off the bandage all at once, and then use it as a challenge to do better — or so Biden spun it today, while still also squeezing in a complaint about “the process”: