If we learned one thing about Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign, it is that he has the energy of, well, an 80-year-old man.
Biden’s battery power is short, like that 5-year-old cell phone that seems to die after you post one video at a concert or game.
To that point, he needs help, a lot of it, and that help appears to be arriving in the form of Jill Biden.
I have actually been saying this for weeks, but there are now some mainstream media outlets getting on board with this thought process.
Most recently, it was Julia Terruso of the Philadelphia Inquirer, my old hometown newspaper, who believes this to be the case.
Terruso, among others, believes that Jill could be Joe’s secret weapon, but I think they are overestimating her appeal.
For instance, Terruso cites Jill’s former spokesperson Michael LaRosa, who stated, “Voters crave authenticity. She’s your typical suburban mom and grandmother, who has a slight Philly accent when she pronounces certain words like ‘coffee.’ It’s endearing and it’s what makes her his secret weapon.”
I see Jill Biden as low energy, just not quite as low as Joe’s.
From the appearances I have seen, her jokes are just as bad, if not worse, than Joe’s, and while she does not make as many speaking gaffes as Joe, her speeches often fall flat, to the point she takes a page of out Nancy Pelosi’s book and tells them to applaud.
If we go to some recent events, such as the Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship, Jill was booed by the crowd.
She had a mixed reception at the Phillies playoff games, and even her beloved Eagles fans did not exactly embrace her during their latest Super Bowl run.
Philly is a die-hard blue-collar town, and while the city is not her hometown, Hammonton, NJ, her place of birth, is less than an hour away. These people should be embracing her, and she could not even get them all to clap for her when she showed up.
There is no alternative for Joe, however, because he simply does not have the energy to do a barnstorming tour for 18 months.
So, for most of the next year, expect to see Jill doing the heavy lifting until Joe is forced to leave the White House to hit the campaign trail… but will it be too late by then?