Biden has never really been my cup of tea. There's always seemed to be a bit of flimflam behind that gigglemug of his. And for a guy who uses the word malarkey more than any politician since the 19th century -- and has now emblazoned the slogan "no malarkey" on his campaign bus -- he's peddled a lot of it over the years. But he remains popular among a lot of
While I'm prone to nostalgia myself, I'm fairly immune to Biden nostalgia. So are the hep cats of Twitter and Instagram, who have an outsized role in the Democratic primary process. Most of the Twitterati weren't even twinkles in their father's eye when Biden first ran for the
For nostalgic Republican voters, though, Trump's vision evoked just the sort of mythical past they aspired to inhabit one day. And it was a plus that Trump caused the self-righteous press to huff and puff their outrage as they declared him incapable of victory.
Biden benefits from a similar dynamic. The handicappers keep fitting him for a pine overcoat, but the voters haven't gotten the memo.
As Bloomberg columnist
Nostalgia is Biden's trump card. For some voters, it's not nostalgia for the good old days of the 1950s or the 1920s but for the Obama years -- which is why Biden mentions Obama like a verbal punctuation mark. But the former vice president also appeals to a deeper nostalgia.
For moderate voters who think things have gone haywire under Trump, Biden represents a kind of return to normalcy, to a time when partisan politics weren't quite as lethal. He may be as prone to malapropisms and misstatements as Trump, but his folksy fumbling is a known quantity, a relic from a more predictable time.
Biden is also reassuring to Democratic voters who still think they're good liberals in the tradition of FDR, LBJ and Clinton, and who honestly think their party is veering off the rails. They're the voters who aren't interested in who's tweeting what or what's trending in search engines, and there are a lot of them.
A recent pre-obituary of the Kamala Harris campaign in
This doesn't mean everything is copacetic for Biden. But he's doing better than the wiseacres seem to think. He's up 11 points over the field nationally, nine in
But it's still easy to imagine he could win in those states or pull off a close second.
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