Conventional wisdom in journalism is that you’re best off staying politically neutral. With good reason. Obviously, your reporting’s read/seen with a skeptical eye if you’ve affiliated with or endorsed a party or candidate. I’d like to think I’ve done a respectable job so far in this vein and have always been careful to treat my sources and friends in the blog world – left, right, or otherwise – with an equal balance of respect and skepticism. So it is with this foundation that I post the following. It is by no means a declaration of anything more than a casual observation.
I’ve noticed an interesting trend lately in political cocktail party conversation. People kinda like Biden. My sense is his arguably strong yet seemingly unrehearsed debate performances are generating some quiet consideration. Since he’s not a frontrunner (heck, he’s barely a walker at this point), he’s not registering as a viable option. But let’s just say for argument’s sake that he was a media favorite or that somehow the word got out that he had a shot at the nomination. Would even more Biden backers come out of the woodwork?
I mention this because now would be a good time for his camp to launch a “campy” online push.
“C’mon Admit It. You Kinda Like Joe.”
If it’s done right, at the very least, it would generate some press attention for being quirky (not that I would know what grabs the MSM eye or anything). And it may just tap into the undercurrent of potential momentum that keeps bubbling up at social gatherings.
The Internet and Web politics are supposed to be about circumventing big media. Wouldn’t it just be something if the meme shifted because someone actually successfully worked around it? I give the Ron Paul supporters huge kudos for trying hard. They’ve just got to figure out now how to get their man covered as a real candidate and not just the topic of a story about freak fundraising. The fact that he HAS support at all has become more of a story than what he stands for. And that’s unfortunate.
My signif just pointed me to this Rasmussen survey that puts Biden two points behind Guiliani and even with Romney in polling 1200 likely voters. I usually don’t trust polls as far as I can throw them, but my two cents is that Biden’s staff would be wise to take a gander.