Biden can afford to enjoy time off

There's not much Joe Biden can do now except hunker down in his basement and wait, like the rest of us, for the all-clear.

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Opinion

April 7, 2020 - 9:54 AM

A screen grab of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking about the economy from his home in Delaware on Thursday. Photo by (Brian Cahn/Zuma Press/TNS)
Doyle McManus The Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, Joe Biden almost certainly would be winning Democratic primaries and locking up the nomination about now — coasting from one victory speech to another, basking in the cheers of his supporters and wall-to-wall media coverage.

Instead, the former vice president is marooned at his home in Wilmington, Del., doing a glitch-filled virtual town hall on Facebook Live and little-noticed cable news interviews in between phoning donors and volunteers to keep his presidential campaign afloat.

For a week or so, Biden’s struggle to stay visible caused a ripple of panic among Democrats.

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