In the wake of the disaster that was the Iowa Democratic caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden came out one of the biggest losers.
While everyone talks about the Democratic National Committee’s failings, Biden fell — and he fell hard. According to Breitbart, liberal CNN commentator Van Jones observed: “[Biden] fell down these stairs, and I don’t know how he gets up.”
Biden, who enjoys the most recognition out of all the candidates, placed fourth in the shockingly bungled contest with nearly 90% of precincts reporting Wednesday night. And the news only gets worse: Biden has everything going in his favor, and he still is failing miserably.
Jones, a former Obama adviser, commented on Tuesday: “When you see these numbers, and you see Joe Biden, 100% household name recognition probably on five continents, at 15, it does change your view of him. When it was just an idea, well, he might not do well in Iowa, he’ll make it up later on. Now, we’re living in the reality.”
Biden entered the race leading in Iowa, so the news of a fourth-place finish is devastating. Normally, a result like that would singlehandedly destroy any chances a candidate may have.
But because of the massive fumbling of the caucus, no one is talking about the subsequently massive shift in power within the race. Former small-town Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg also has been denied publicity and momentum in spite of what he has touted as a major win.
Thanks to the controversy, the Biden campaign doesn’t have to deal with headlines blaring, “Biden bombs in Iowa,” because all the headlines were devoted to the mass chaos that took over the news on Monday and Tuesday.
Still, Biden has everything going in his favor from national support to name recognition, and it’s still not enough. Finishing behind Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg is beyond embarrassing.
Finished for good
With the Iowa caucuses behind him, Biden is attempting to salvage his collapsing campaign by appealing to New Hampshire voters ahead of the state’s Feb. 11 primary.
“I am not going to sugarcoat it, we took a gut punch in Iowa. The whole process took a gut punch,” Biden admitted on Wednesday, according to CNBC. “But, look, this isn’t the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down… I’m not going anywhere. And I’m counting on New Hampshire. We’re going to come back.”
According to the polls, Biden is currently lagging behind Bernie Sanders in the Granite State. But while fortune seems to favor Biden in many ways, he needs to actually win primaries.
Losing in Iowa was huge, he will need to win in New Hampshire if he wants to make a comeback. However, it is more probable that Biden may be finished for good.