Two things happened on Tuesday, the combination of which should make Democrats extremely nervous about their chances of taking back the White House in November.
Thing #1: With his win in Michigan and other states around the country, Joe Biden cut off all-but-the-most-unlikely paths to the nomination for Bernie Sanders. Meaning, in other words, that in the absence of a miracle, Biden will be the Democratic nominee going up against Trump in the fall.
Thing #2: Biden proved yet again that he’s far from the stable, return-to-normalcy candidate that he’s portrayed as.
In a startling exchange with a Fiat-Chrysler assembly worker in Michigan, Biden was confronted about his plans to hammer away at our gun rights.
“You are actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns,” the man said.
This accusation was not unreasonable, seeing as how only a few days earlier, Biden announced that Beto “Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15s” O’Rourke would be his point man on gun control. But the accusation sent Biden into one of his usual tantrums, which have become almost a hallmark of his primary campaign.
“You’re full of shit,” Biden replied. “I support the Second Amendment – from the very beginning. I have a shotgun. I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My sons hunt.”
The worker took exception to Biden poking his finger in his face and told him to knock it off. “This is not okay, all right?”
“Don’t tell me that, pal,” Biden responded, “or I’m going to go out and slap you in the face!”
The worker replied: “You’re working for me, man!”
“I’m not working for you,” said the irritated Biden. “Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”
Mercifully, Biden did not challenge the man to an impromptu push-up contest, but it’s hard to imagine any other way this exchange could have gone more poorly.
Whether or not this gentleman is a potential Biden 2020 voter, he certainly speaks for millions who are. And those millions have some of the same concerns about Biden’s gun control agenda. It is not going to be very comforting to them to know that Biden’s sons hunt. They want to know that Biden isn’t going to make treacherous inroads into limiting the Second Amendment; unfortunately, that’s not an assurance that this candidate can offer.
Beyond that, however, is the fact that Biden is presenting himself as the ultimate Anti-Trump candidate. Whereas Trump is crude and off-script, Biden will be cool, calm, and collected. While Trump is hurling insults, Biden is centered and compassionate. Trump is bizarre, Biden is normal.
If any of this were true, it could be Biden’s greatest strength going into the election. But since it clearly isn’t, what exactly does Biden have to offer?