Why Can’t Joe Biden Win a Debate?

He beat Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan, but facing multiple candidates who are out for blood is something he’s never dealt with before.


Analysis: Tonight’s debate is Joe Biden’s best chance to refute questions about his age and capacity — or to make them bigger dangers to his nomination

He beat Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan, but facing multiple candidates who are out for blood is something he’s never dealt with before.

He can make the “let’s get real” argument that sweeping progressive New Deal and Great Society policies have been enacted when Democrats held landslide majorities in Congress; that without such power, even less ambitious efforts, like the Affordable Care Act, face serious headwinds and can come at a political price.

There’s one problem, though: Debates do not happen on paper. A candidate and staff may have artfully constructed strategies and arguments, but without the ability to summon them in real time, they are useless if not dangerous. (Recall Rick Perry in 2012, unable to remember which three federal agencies he was going to abolish, or Marco Rubio in 2016 robotically reciting an indictment against Barack Obama even as Chris Christie was ridiculing him for that very soundbite.) In the debates thus far, and in his climate change town hall, Biden has run into more than his share of awkward moments: He was unprepared to defend himself against a pointed critique of his work with segregationists, unprepared to explain a fundraiser hosted by a fossil fuel investor, and frequently unable to complete a thought or to respond directly to a question.

“It was two Mondays ago John McCain said at 9 o’clock in the morning that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. Two weeks before that, he said George—we’ve made great economic progress under George Bush’s policies. Nine o’clock, the economy was strong. Eleven o’clock that same day, two Mondays ago, John McCain said that we have an economic crisis. That doesn’t make John McCain a bad guy, but it does point out he’s out of touch.” It was a workmanlike presentation in tone and substance.

“But it shouldn’t be surprising for a guy who says 47 percent of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives. My friend recently, in a speech in Washington, said 30 percent of the American people are takers. These people are my mom and dad, the people I grew up with, my neighbors.”

from what has already happened. Kamala Harris effectively knocked Biden back on his heels

All of which raises another question: How much do debating skills matter? They can sometimes undermine a campaign, as with Rick Perry and Marco Rubio, and sometimes sustain them, as with Newt Gingrich through much of 2012. We have also seen in the past that (to paraphrase financial company ads) poor past performance is no guarantee of future results. Ronald Reagan had a dreadful first debate in 1984 that raised questions about his faculties; he went on to win 49 states. Obama was missing in action in 2012’s first clash with Romney and won a reasonably comfortable reelection. And however uncertain Biden was in that first debate and at the town hall, most polling has him remaining atop the Democratic field.

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It seems so crazy that people mention Biden’s age but not Bernie’s. I’ve seen Biden on the campaign trail jogging but I’ve never and can’t imagine Bernie jogging. I just can’t figure why this happens. Because he is senile Only interested in what marwilliamson has to say. Marianne2020 democrats will self destruct...you can see it coming...they all have such a lust for power, that they are turning on each other like a pack of hyenas....sad.

You mean he’s not 77? Just say NO!!! to old pale stale males. Because his positions aren't popular. Biden is the comfortable candidate. People know him and he’s been around for a long time. I’m not sure what he has really accomplished on his own during those years. He seems to be a decent person. A team player, very supportive but lacking the ability to stand out and lead!

KamalaHarris2020 Biden is 76 Sanders is 78 lose the smile that makes him look like the Joker character in a Batman movie. It’s creepy.

Why the Pragmatism of Black Voters Will Define the 2020 ElectionWhite voters threw a tantrum in 2016. Black voters are responding with pragmatism. zakcheneyrice writes zakcheneyrice Ugh. More mainstream media peddling of Biden as the only “pragmatic” democratic choice. zakcheneyrice Leftists have been throwing tantrums since Trump won and leftists will continue to throw them when Trump wins again in 2020 - Trumponomics is working, the economy is booming and this of course helps 'ALL Americans' KAG2020 Trump2020 zakcheneyrice Silly white men and their childish angry voting.. Black voters always vote after deep philosophical quandaries ofc

Biden needs to be very strong and clear be himself and fight back hard SymoneDSanders schultzohio AndrewBatesNC You mean to tell us black people, poor people, underprivileged people, disenfranchised people, people of color, ADOS , give a damn about this frivolousness? I’ll be watching a candidate who has PLANS for these groups instead. We need bigtruth marianne2020 BoringWithoutHer

Cause he’s tired Looking for unity tonight.......not the free-for-all circus we saw in the 2016 Republican debates. Once it turns into a shouting match I'm using the remote. Too bad everyone will be watching football Oooh, let's wager, i bet goawayjoe will make things worse... JoeBiden nojoe bidenbyebye

TheDemocrats have already chosen ewarren. SenSanders is saying the craziest things so Warren's crazy is hidden. Scary! I'm more worried about his being beholden to the Chinese. Senile

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Will everyone just talk about climate change all night to avoid more inportant issues

Why Kamala Harris needs to recapture that magic in Thursday's debateWith momentum flagging, Kamala Harris is counting on Thursday’s debate and a new strategy in Iowa and New Hampshire to reenergize her campaign. OathBreakerKamala DueProcessDunce DomesticEnemyOfTheConstitution More Than 120,000 Californians of Color Sent to Prison on Harris’s Watch Huge racial disparities bely Senator's pro-racial-justice message Oh please. Now do Trump.

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Why Russia And Saudi Arabia Secretly Want The Democrats To Beat Trump2020 Democrat candidates are calling for dramatically less oil production in the US. This is just what Russia and Saudi Arabia need. Fake news I’m sorry but this is a very simple minded piece. To think Dems will be good for Saudi and Russian businesses is wrong. These news wave of Dems have made it clear they won’t play nice with ruthless authoritarian regimes. Sanctions will come That’s fine...but Dems still don’t want their help.

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