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“Sleepy” seems to fit Joe Biden’s campaign, but it’s working for him so far

“Sleepy” seems to fit Joe Biden’s campaign, but it’s working for him so far

Perhaps Sleepy Joe is just resting, figuring Democrats never will nominate Crazy Bernie, and beyond Bernie, there aren’t any candidates with star power.

Donald Trump has branded Joe Biden as “Sleepy Joe.” That came as something of a surprise to me, as I expected “Creepy Joe,” based on Biden’s well-publicized creepy invasions of female personal spaces.

But who am I to second-guess Trump when it comes to branding political opponents. Every time I see Jeb Bush, I still think “Low Energy Jeb.” And “Crazy Bernie” just seems to fit so well I barely remember his last name. “Crooked Hillary” did the trick.

The branding works when there is a basis in reality for the caricature. And with Biden, “sleepy” may be more persuasive than “creepy” based on how Biden is running his campaign (though I’m still expecting a “creepy” comeback).

Biden is far ahead in the polls at this early stage. Big League.

But his campaign is, well, sleepy:

Biden hasn’t held a public campaign event since his large kickoff rally in Philadelphia on May 18. Since then, he’s only headlined a top-dollar fundraiser in Nashville, Tenn., and two more in Florida.

And while a bunch of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination are stumping this holiday weekend, Biden’s off the trail.

“Joe Biden has no public events scheduled,” read a release from his campaign.

Biden and his wife Jill plan to return to the campaign trail on Tuesday after Memorial Day, when they will team up with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten for a town hall in Houston.

And next week, on June 4, Biden returns to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

But as of now he’s not scheduled to appear at California Democratic Party convention, which kicks off on Friday, or the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration a week later. Both of those gatherings will attract plenty of the 2020 Democrats.

Biden also isn’t exactly generating enthusiasm when he does show up. Politico reports, Joe Biden is the front-runner by every measure — except big crowds:

He’s dominating in the polls, his fundraising is going gangbusters and he’s showing broad support from key political players in the early presidential states.

So where are the big energetic crowds, the lines around the block to get into Joe Biden’s events?

The question is no small matter in a party still recovering from a bitter 2016 defeat — a loss marked by a lack of enthusiasm for an establishment nominee in several critical states.

Attendance at the former vice president’s launch rally paled next to some of his rivals. In his first Iowa visit, he didn’t match the crowds that greeted Elizabeth Warren or even the less well-known Pete Buttigieg in their initial visits. So far, he’s kept his events to smaller venues where there’s little danger of empty seats.

In the eyes of Biden’s progressive critics — as well as President Donald Trump, who has publicly mocked him for it — the seeming lack of excitement or teeming masses at his events is a leading indicator of a lack of passion for his candidacy.

“I started to think the polls were wrong about Biden because it’s not what we’re seeing on the ground,” said Aimee Allison, founder and president of She the People, a national network devoted to promoting women of color.

This all sounds familiar, a reminder of Hillary’s sense of entitlement and lackluster campaigning.

But it’s early. Perhaps Sleepy Joe is just resting, figuring Democrats never will nominate Crazy Bernie, and beyond Bernie, there aren’t any candidates with star power. Beto looks like a goner, Mayor Pete probably had his moment too early, Warren has inched up but she needs to eat Crazy Bernie’s left-wing lunch, and that won’t be easy. Kamala Harris is a possible challenger to Biden, but she also hasn’t shown any great political skills so far.

So maybe Sleepy is enough, for now.


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“So where are the big energetic crowds, the lines around the block to get into Joe Biden’s events”
Definitely following The Cough’s playbook.

I oreffer the Senator from MBNA.

Terence G. Gain | May 28, 2019 at 7:37 pm

Trump has the energy of a man 1/3 his age. Biden perhaps has the energy of a man of his age. I don’t think Biden has enough vitality to defeat Sanders. Sleepy Joe is the perfect nickname for Slow Joe.

I like Creepy Joe a lot better.

I remember Biden eating Ryan alive with his brand new store bought chompers in the debate.

That is when my hatred for Joe Biden really solidified.


Terence G. Gain | May 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm

Rational people thought Biden made a fool of himself and came across as a compete horse’s ass.

    franker in reply to Terence G. Gain. | May 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I guess I’m not rational, then, but that’s not the way I saw it or the way the MSM told us how it turned out!

    I can’t stand Biden but….



      Terence G. Gain in reply to franker. | May 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      If you take direction from the MSM then you are not rational. If a Republicam had behaved in a debate in the same childish manner as Biden behaved, the MSM would have vilified him.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Terence G. Gain. | May 29, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Give credit where it is due. At least he’s a complete horse’s ass. No half-measures for Uncle Joe!

SeekingRationalThought | May 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

So you think Sleepy Joe is just resting? Are you sure he isn’t pining for fjords?

Biden… the sound of one hand golf clapping.

I think Slow Joe is taking a page,or perhaps a few chapters from Hillary’s playbook. Rig the election, from early primary debates, then the campaign and winning the General Election. This is why the Dems/Progs are so mad, the smartest person in the world lost the rigged election to DJT. They may keep trying til the formula works.

I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to believe the polls, I remember how Howard Dean was a lock until the primaries started in 2004, likewise Rudy Guigliani in 2008. What is evident is that Sleepy Joe is the Deep State candidate. They like Bernie about as much as they like Trump.

The more people see of him, the less they will think he can actually win

The less likely that he will say something stupid

And the less likely that some woman will be sniffed or some tweenie girl groped while on camera

Even Vanity Fair has a piece out today on how the real Biden is being hidden by the Biden team

Like Hillary, Gropey can’t get too far away from his Scooby Van. Have you listened to him talk recently? I think he’s had some strokes or maybe he’s thoroughly shit-faced.

    franker in reply to Paul. | May 28, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    The MSM has speech-modifying and articulation devices.

    Creepy Joe will come across sounding like a cross between JFK and FDR (without the static).


PrincetonAl | May 28, 2019 at 11:17 pm

I like “China Joe Biden” myself.

I think it has the benefit of under cutting his only strength, his appearance as an “Average Regular Joe”. Which he is not, but he pretends to.

Not sure if the hitch a ride with Dad, get a billion dollar investment scam has got any traction with the public yet. Outside of Sanders everyone seems to be pulling their punches on Biden. They don’t want to cross their names off the VP list.

It could well be the stress of running against Trump with his cocaine using son and his record on dope laws he wrote that his son seems to be immune from while many blacks languish in prison.

He was playing “handsies” again today with a 10-year-old.

The guy is untrainable.

The Biden campaign is purposely limiting his appearances, in hopes of limiting his gaffes and sexist/perv incidents. They’re not dumb.

DouglasJBender | May 29, 2019 at 2:39 am

Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy, and Gropey. And Joe is as snow white as they come; he also seems to think he is Prince Charming with the ladies, and the girls.

Biden will get the nomination. The powers in the Democrat Party have decided Trump has a lock on 2020, and Biden will be a vanity run for them. The huge pack of candidates is a beauty pageant to pick the 2024 candidate. They don’t want their next shining star tagged as a loser, but when they decide who shines brightest, they’ll have 4 years to groom him or her for 2024. When Biden loses, it won’t matter. Like when the Republicans ran Bob Dole. Biden can make American Express commercials, and everyone will smile.

I have mixed emotions about Biden. On the surface, he appears less insane than the rest of the Dumbo would-bes–but I really worry about the well-being of the country if he ever wins the presidency since he was a rather dim bulb even in his physical prime and now looks and acts as a candidate for an old folks home.