Biden Enters to Mixed Reviews
Pros: launch video well received by media; electability argument gains pundit traction; handful of key state endorsements from elected officials shows forward motion; large, impressive staff already lined up.
Cons: Anita Hill flap; apparent lack of grassroots fervor; implausible claim he didn’t want Obama endorsement.
My take: Friday’s “The View” interview will likely set a lot of the tone for the weekend punditry leading up to next week’s brick and mortar announcement.
Biden Coverage Muted
Top of USA Today Friday morning homepage does not include the former VP.
My take: I’m not sure exactly what that means but it mirrors the relatively limited coverage elsewhere. For instance, the Washington Post’s only front page Biden story is a feature. He also got limited time on the network news evening broadcasts, even as he lead the programs. Sort of odd for the person who is the front runner on paper.
My take: Trump mostly just can’t help himself, but his lack of a poker face on such matters suggests he still can’t figure out who poses the greatest threat to him. Just like with the 2016 Republican field, he obviously doesn’t (yet) respect any of his would-be rivals.
Trump Still Haunted by McCain
My take: Many of Trump’s attacks on regular targets clearly have a constituency; what he gains going after McCain will remain a mystery for a long, long time.
John Havlicek, 1940-2019
1965 Eastern Conference Finals: “Havlicek stole the ball!”