A reporter from Axios told MSNBC today that Biden is so unpopular right now that Democrats are spooked to be around him when he comes to town.
Like today in Pennsylvania, only one of three local Democrats accepted his invitation to join him for his big speech in Pittsburgh:
Here’s part of what Jim Vandehei told MSNBC:
Democrats are spooked by the idea of appearing with Joe Biden, which I think speaks to his standing inside of the party given that his poll numbers are somewhere in the low 40s.
He’s going to be in Pennsylvania and three Democrats were invited. Only one of the three will show up. A candidate for governor and a candidate for Senate will not.
When we look at social media, in terms of people talking with their alignment with Joe Biden, you’re seeing a lot of these candidates in competitive races not wanting to be Biden Democrats.
One reporter asked Steny Hoyer, the number two House Democrat if people should run as Biden Democrats. He said they should run as Democrats who deliver – not a ringing endorsement for saying you’re a Biden Democrat.
The same thing happened when Biden went to Georgia. Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor again, refused to attend Biden’s speech in Atlanta when he visited earlier this month.
It’s no coincidence that Democrats suddenly have scheduling conflicts when Biden comes to town.