What do you say when, after spending months as the front-runner, you finish a dismal 4th in Iowa and an even more dismal 5thin New Hampshire, you finish a distant second in Nevada?
Well, if you’re Joe Biden, you declare victory…sort of.
Here are Mr. Biden’s exact words, as Bernie Sanders doubles his caucus votes in Nevada and Pete Buttigieg is within range of sending him to third place:
“I know we don’t know the final results yet, but I feel really good. You put me in a position. You know, the press is ready to declare people dead quickly but we’re alive and we’re coming back and we’re going to win.”
Note to Mr. Biden: Finishing second or maybe third, is not coming back. It is, to be charitable, gasping for breath.
Mr. Biden’s last stand, realistically, is South Carolina – where current polling shows him barely ahead of Sanders, but does not take into account Sanders’ momentum from Nevada. If Biden squeaks out a win there (which, in 30 years of running for President, will be the first primary win he would ever have gotten), he remains alive – on life support, but alive.
If not, the political doctors can shut down the equipment, remove the tubes and declare his 2020 T.O.D….which is almost certain to happen after Super Tuesday anyway, even if Biden does win South Carolina.
Then, to lift a nickname from former New York Yankee/Kansas City Royal slugger Steve Balboni, it’s Bye-Bye-Biden.