Biden Is Squandering the Millennial Vote

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden hasn’t run a particularly impressive campaign to date, but he remains the strong front-runner in large part due to his name recognition and that vague factor known as “electability.”

A new Los Angeles Times poll shows Democratic voters are pretty pessimistic about most Democratic candidates beating Donald Trump in 2020 — aside from Biden, that is.

Marry that to an earlier poll that said Democrats’ No. 1 consideration in choosing a candidate would be electability. A strong majority of registered voters on the left said they’d prioritize a candidate they felt could beat Trump — even if that candidate didn’t share their political values.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why voters are preemptively falling in line behind Biden as a defensive tactic against Trump. However, they might be missing the bigger problem in front of them: Biden is actively squandering his support with millennial voters.

We’ve already discussed Biden’s overly familiar/touchy approach with women and girls. He did a decent job of apologizing for it, but subsequent incidents on the campaign trail suggest he might not understand the criticism he has received for his actions.

The former vice president has also rolled out the weakest climate change policy of pretty much any candidate. For Democrats, that’s the top issue they care about (or would if issues mattered in this election). And millennials are the least likely to forgive him for his middling stance because they’re the ones who will actually have to live through the consequences.

Recently, there have been all sorts of unsettling Biden headlines. He publicly yearned for the good old days when everyone was civil in Congress and boasted that he used to be able to compromise with segregationists. (Um, maybe someone who finds common ground with segregationists isn’t the kind of candidate we’re looking for, Joe!)

Also, at an event where he was trying to drum up support from wealthy donors, Biden pledged not to “demonize” the rich — going so far as to assure them none of his policies would do anything to change their standard of living. While I’m sure that’s comforting to billionaires, it’s a punch in the gut to the hoards of millennials crying out for a candidate willing to tackle income/wealth inequality.

The 2020 presidential election will ultimately be decided by who shows up. Rather than trying to win over Trump voters with a moderate candidate, the smarter strategy seems to be to motivate the left base with an exciting candidate who will get them to the polls.

Millennial turnout will be critical, and the bottom line is Biden does not resonate with millennial voters. I’m not saying there won’t be plenty of millennials who plug their noses to cast a vote against Trump. But if you’re looking at which group is going to say, “Those two? Forget this election!” that’s got to be millennials.

For that reason, I pose to all the voters whose main priority is anyone but Trump: Don’t try to tip the scale this far in advance to determine the nominee. Because you’re willing to vote for anyone (but Trump), try listening to the marginalized voters who do care about who the president is to avoid losing them along the way.

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Alea C20 hours ago

The only thing Biden is good for is to make funny memes about him.

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Alea C20 hours ago

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