The fact Joe Biden chose to focus on Pennsylvania in the closing days and hours of this 2020 campaign is a strange augury indeed.
On one hand, it shows the Biden campaign isn’t making the same mistake Hillary Clinton did in 2016 when she realized, far too late, that the state was in play. Of course, that election was different in profound ways; CNBC noted that 94 million ballots have already been cast this year, over two-thirds of the total in 2016. Any last-minute electioneering is like a husband who’s forgotten his anniversary two weeks late. Alea iacta est, as they say. (Or at least how Julius Caesar said it.)
Perhaps not in Pennsylvania and Michigan, though. In both states, the Democrats have to count on a heavy turnout from their black base. And therein lie two problems for the Democrats.
First, Joe Biden’s support among people of color hasn’t quite been what Democrats had hoped.
Second, as The Associated Press reported Saturday, Biden’s party has been relying on mail-in voting, which “runs counter to the tradition of some black voters who prefer to vote in person on Election Day.”
Even Democrats are seeing a problem.
Joe Biden at the Boathouse just now: “I have my Eagles jacket on today”
Sir I’m not sure that’s an Eagle pic.twitter.com/QSfzJBN1OF
— NS (@ninaschrockxx) November 1, 2020
Fact check: It wasn’t an Eagles jacket as Biden claimed. It was a Delaware Blue Hens jacket. https://t.co/mySRMJ53hi
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 1, 2020
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