Despite a lackluster debate performance, former Vice President Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 percent plurality of voters believe Biden has the best chance of beating President Trump. No other candidate comes even close.
But what if those voters are wrong?
To win back the presidency, Democrats must retake states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio where once-reliable working-class Democrats opted for Trump in 2016. The rationale for Biden’s campaign is that he is the candidate best positioned to win back these “forgotten Americans” who voted twice for him and President Obama. In fact, he may be the worst candidate to try to do that.
These voters left during Obama and Biden’s tenure for Trump for a reason — they didn’t get the hope and change they were promised. During the Obama administration, the United States lost almost 200,000 manufacturing jobs. Indeed, Obama told them to get used to it, because some manufacturing jobs “are