Members of the media are beginning to wonder what happened to Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, as he has seemingly dropped from public sight in the folliowing last Sunday’s debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted about Biden’s absence on Friday:
Joe Biden’s omnipresence, steely calm and inspiring leadership has shown the US what A Real President does in times of crises.
Oh wait — has anyone seen Joe?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 20, 2020
Shaun King, Matt Stoller, and others have echoed Greenwald’s sentiments, the Daily Caller reported.
Biden shifting to online strategy
According to The Los Angeles Times, Biden is in the process of retrofitting his home to facilitate better online communication with journalists and the general public about both the coronavirus crisis and his presidential campaign.
Biden told the Times that he has been busy talking to health experts, policy strategists, and government officials for up to seven hours a day to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic and response plans.
On Friday, he held a conference call with reporters blasting President Donald Trump’s response to the public health panic.
The former vice president said he was focusing on “dealing with immediate urgency” and not on Sanders, his main rival for the Democratic Party nomination, who still refuses to drop out of the race even though it is unlikely he can surpass Biden in delegates at this point in the primary schedule.
Politico reported that Biden is planning to start a series of “shadow briefings” on coronavirus as a means to to contrast his positions with the Trump administration’s ongoing response efforts.
Trump approval rating strong
As of right now, polling from Morning Consult poll reveals that 53% of respondents approve of Trump’s response to the pandemic, and therefore Biden may be feeling significant pressure to show that he is also capable of laying out a comprehensive plan for addressing the unprecedented threat to the citizenry and the American economy.
“I want to be in daily or at least significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing, what I think we should be doing, and how we should be doing it,” Biden said, the Times reported. “I promise you that’s on the way.”
The briefings are likely to start Monday, according to the Times. “I promise you’re going to hear more of me than you want to,” Biden said.
Democrats must be relieved that such a platform will at least allow for some of Biden’s public statements to be edited ahead of time and could help cut down on unscripted live television appearances, considering his well-known propensity to commit worrisome gaffes and embarrassing verbal miscues.