Joe Biden’s ‘Limited Exposure’ Campaign Strategy is Backfiring.
The unintended consequences of what seemed like a good idea on the surface.
There’s no question that I have a multitude of problems with not only Joe Biden as a politician, but the campaign he is running as well. I might as well be upfront that in my view, he is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party, and his slow, steady decline in the polls even before the debates is an indicator that I might not be the only one who feels this way.
Biden’s decades’s long reputation for “gaffes” is one that has always stayed with him, but now that he has set foot in to the political arena once again, we’ve been treated to a healthy dose of his ability to say all the wrong, weird things.
Unsurprisingly, Biden’s campaign probably reasoned that speaking to the press regularly could put a dent in some of his immediate support, and in order to mitigate the situation decided on the strategy of “limited exposure”. Such a strategy in their view would allow Biden to continue to coast through on Obama’s coattails for as long as possible, banking on name recognition and his obvious close association with the former democratic President. A piece published by Washington Post states:
“Aside from a campaign swing right after announcing his candidacy, Biden has kept his head down while his rivals rush from state to state to state. Even when he has held public events, they have included only a handful of questions from voters or reporters.
The light public schedule reflects the unique position of his campaign, advisers say: With near universal name recognition and high favorability ratings among Democrats, the former vice president does not need to introduce himself to voters like nearly every other candidate. And as the leader in early polls, he can attract media attention without splashy events.”
As much as I have come to thoroughly dislike Mr. Biden, I have to admit I thought this was a sound way of operating for at least the time being. But the question of course, is how long they would be able to keep this going in a positive fashion, and retain all that nostalgia. But of course, being Joe, it appears the answer is not very long.