Wind at Biden's back but winning not a breeze

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Joe Biden and firefightersA longtime political analyst says the Democratic Party has found itself in a tough situation: the current frontrunner for the presidential nomination is far ahead of his competitors, but this is politics and anything can happen.  

According to the latest poll numbers, the primary is looking good for Joe Biden. In a compilation of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics, Biden is currently a whopping 23 points ahead of second-place Bernie Sanders, with nearly 40 percent support.

All other Democratic hopefuls are in single digits.

According to a recent article in The New York Times, however, some uneasy Democrats are seeing flashbacks to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign in which she embraced an establishment campaign that left her open to a fierce primary challenge from Sanders.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)In the high-stakes race for the nomination, Biden is also currently leading a field of savvy challengers who are positioned to take down the gaffe-prone front runner if he stumbles.  

“Biden has more trouble than you can shake a stick at,” observes Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University. “He has looked good initially coming out of the starting gate, but the problems he has in regards to his past that these other twenty some candidates are going to probe --- those problems will increasingly manifest themselves and make Biden look weaker and weaker."

OneNewsNow has reported in recent weeks that Biden is plagued by accusations that he used his position as vice president to help a Ukraine-based gas company shake off a corruption investigation, the same company where his son Hunter sat on the board and raked in an eye-popping $50,000 monthly salary.

“There’s not a single bit of evidence that’s been shown, in any reporting that’s been done,” Biden told The New York Times, “that [Hunter Biden] ever talked about it with me or asked any government official for a favor.”

Biden announcementPolitical observers have noticed how that denial cleverly fails to deny that the then-Vice President called officials in Ukraine and asked for the investigation ---- which was indeed dropped --- to go away.

“There's no chance Biden spoke with his son about the company that was paying him $50,000 per month,” a PJ Media story quipped, “when the VP led boom's efforts in Ukraine. It's all a total coincidence.”

A May 14 OneNewsNow story raised the issue of the Obama-era White House and its knowledge of the questionable Russia probe by the FBI, since the pending report from the Justice Department’s inspector general, and the appointment of a U.S. attorney to track the origins of the FISA warrant, could lead back to Biden or even Barack Obama.

“The long-term problem is that the Democratic Party lacks leadership,” Dunn says, “the kind of leadership that can raise the money and go the distance in a campaign against a strong candidate in Trump, and a strong Republican field that will manifest itself in races for U.S. House and U.S Senate."

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