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Coronavirus Isn't Fatal for Biden Campaign

Coronavirus Isn't Fatal for Biden Campaign

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's virtual campaign event - March 13, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. The scheduled Illinois campaign event was changed to a virtual event because of COVID-19 fears. (Photo - Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Monday, 30 March 2020 02:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Joe Biden should have taken our advice last week.

We suggested the China flu focus of the media is almost all upside for his campaign.

The quarantines and shutdowns give Biden a perfect excuse for not being seen in public. This greatly reduces his chances of saying something stupid or doing something stupid that will hurt his presidential campaign this fall.

Instead he can look, shall we say, presidential by urging Americans to work together to fight the Kung flu. A unity message with a we’re-all-in-this-together flavor would create a good impression, while at the same time provide a perfect reason for gropey Joe to lay low.

August or September is plenty of time for Joe to reemerge from campaign quarantine and begin his general election presidential effort. He already has plenty of name identification. In the meantime, he can reorganize his campaign structure.

Do a little light fundraising. And maybe double his daily dose of Prevagen.

Naturally, he ignored us. Biden gave in to online critics like Glenn Greenwald who wrote, "Joe Biden’s omnipresence, steely calm and inspiring leadership has shown the US what A Real President does in times of crises. Oh wait — has anyone seen Joe?"

So Joe decided to become visible.

It was once said of Jimmy Carter that he gave a fireside chat and the fire went to sleep. That’s the feeling one gets when watching Biden’s homebrew basement broadcasts. As RedState.com observed, one of his China Flu broadcasts started with him touching his face, which is something we are told not to do.

During another interview, he was lectured by a reporter on how to cough after Biden used his hand instead of his elbow. (Frankly, we disagree with this advice, too. The best way to sneeze or cough in our opinion is to pull your undershirt up over your nose — like you’re getting ready to rob a liquor store — and cough into that. The undershirt provides much more germ absorbing surface area than your elbow.)

It’s almost as if Biden were conducting a seminar on how to spread the Wuhan Woes.

Finally, even when Biden is tossed a softball question he manages to look weak to his supporters. Chuck Todd, a former Democratic staffer masquerading as a reporter on NBC "News," showed no blow is too low for him when he asked Biden, "Do you think there is blood on the president's hands considering the slow response? Or is that too harsh of [sic] a criticism?"

Biden had a choice here. He could have given one of two answers, both of which would have made him appear to be strong and in command. The first is a simple "Yes" and then continue to blast Trump for what Biden feels are his failings. It’s not a bipartisan answer, but it would be an answer for the leftist base Biden must shore up in the fall.

Or Biden could have landed on Todd with both feet, rejecting the question and calling Chuckie out for being divisive at a time when America needs unity.

That would have been a strong answer that appeals to independents.

Instead Biden was wishy-washy replying, "I think that's a little too harsh."

It’s not too late for Biden to take our advice and do some media social distancing.

Instead of second-guessing the president he could do a basement broadcast that highlights China Flu heroes. Truck drivers still making deliveries. Businesses where the executives make sacrifices to keep paying the employees. Or everyday men and women who are doing their part.

It would create good will and keep Biden relevant and rested for the fall resumption of his campaign.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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