At his debate with Bernie Sanders earlier this month, which was roughly an eternity and a half ago in news time, Joe Biden repeatedly stressed the need for leadership on the coronavirus crisis while criticizing the breadth of Sanders’s proposals. “People are looking for results, not a revolution,” he said. “They want to deal with the results they need right now.” Then, after a string of victories last Tuesday and a virtual victory speech, Biden promptly disappeared from the scene even as the crisis continued to deepen, prompting taunts and speculation from the left about his health and raising questions even among his supporters.
At a virtual fundraiser Sunday, a donor asked Biden why he hadn’t gotten himself in front of more cameras as Trump’s coronavirus briefings took center stage last week. “What I’m concerned about is that we see Donald Trump every day with this crisis giving his press report,” she said. “And I would just love to see you more. Like, how do we get more of you and less of him on our airwaves?”
“They put in a new high-speed line into my home,” Biden replied. “They’ve converted a recreation room, basically, into a television studio. And so, beginning tomorrow, I guess tomorrow, I’m making the first presentation at 11:30 a.m. thereabouts, Eastern Standard Time. And I’m going to speak to these issues.”
As promised, Biden made his Monday appearance. But neither the speech he gave nor the internal discussions reportedly taking place within the campaign on the way forward inspire much confidence that Biden is ready to seize this moment.