This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 18, 2020:
After visiting with a number of Joe Biden’s campaign staffers, Amie Parnes, writing for The Hill, quoted one of them: “The only way he [Biden] wins is if he stays on offense. The second it goes the other way, things could go sideways.”
The Democrat Party’s presidential candidate has been prepping for weeks ahead of the first presidential debate scheduled for September 29. The strategy is simple, but not easy: Biden must go on offense and stay on offense. He’ll do that by challenging the president repeatedly over his alleged failures to contain the COVID virus, resulting in the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans.
“It’s all on you [Mr. President],” said another staffer. “The state of the economy, high unemployment, kids out of school, a pandemic that has gone unchecked. All of it is on you.”
Another staffer told Parnes that Biden “has a tendency to wrap up very well but he’s one of those people who takes some time to get there. He’s just not a guy who performs well in those initial moments. I think that’s something that makes us all a little nervous.”
As a result, reported Parnes,
There is a palpable fear among some Democrats about whether Biden is up for the challenge, and whether being too aggressive could backfire.
They’ve cringed when Biden has given long-winded answers or trailed off without returning to his initial thought, and when he’s gone off message or said the wrong name or city.
A reputed former staffer intimately familiar with the situation inside the Biden campaign wrote anonymously on September 9 about his experience:
I worked as a low-level staffer for the Biden campaign’s HQ in Philly from July to the end of August. I am more of a Bernie guy, but I thought I should do whatever I could to defeat Trump, so I joined up. Eventually, I became so disgusted with what was going on, I had to leave.
He noted, “There are people whose job is to digitally de-age Biden for political ads. If you saw a recent speech for Joe and thought he looked like a mummy, then saw snippets of the same speech in an ad, you might have noticed he looked a lot better. That’s because they contracted VFX artists from California to de-age him. Normally I wouldn’t begrudge them this, as I’m sure all campaigns try to make their candidate look good.”
And then he made the main point: