Nearly six weeks after entering the race, Joe Biden is defying the norms of the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential primary.
The former vice president isn’t going to the same places as his Democratic rivals; he’s not promoting the same liberal policies; and he’s not participating in the same unscripted moments. With a sizable lead in early polls, the strategy appears to be working — at least, for now.
Biden’s moves suggest a candidate looking beyond the Democratic primary to the general election, laser-focused on issues that could shore him up with swing voters in key battleground states even if it spurs consternation from some Democrats now.
Biden risks contending with the same air of inevitability that Hillary Clinton confronted in 2016, magnifying every misstep and turning some voters against her.