But he never wavered from his central message: that President Trump was a danger to American values, while he was a stable, experienced leader who represented his party’s strongest option for the general election. Nor did he succumb to the purity tests on policy that coursed through the Democratic field during the 2020 primary season.
“A lot of smart Democratic strategists overcomplicated things,” said Elisabeth Smith, who was a top aide to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, noting that most anti-Trump voters are animated chiefly by the burning desire to defeat him. Referring to Mr. Biden, she said, “Because of the way he conducted himself in primary, not kowtowing to every demand from the left, he never had to pivot from a primary to a general election message.”
Biden won the nomination for two reasons. First, people are scared of Trump and translated that fear into wanting the “safest” possible candidate, which is inherently an old white guy that they already know and who acts the part very well. Second, he won because of Obama nostalgia, which was gigantic in the Black community that put him over the top when he was collapsing in the early states and ended the race very quickly. Biden obviously was not my choice (among any real candidate, only Buttigieg ended up below him on my list) and it is what it is. But let’s not create fake narratives about why this happened. There may be other reasons Biden won too but it wasn’t because of his consistency in messaging.