Biden mum on why he’d be better at addressing coronavirus

Byron York of the Washington Examiner wonders when will see Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s superior plan for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Give Joe Biden some credit. On January 27, he published an op-ed in USA Today recognizing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a big problem. But he devoted nearly the entire piece to bashing President Trump — then fighting off impeachment from Biden’s old Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill –and nearly none of it to explaining what he, Joe Biden, would do to fight the pandemic.

Since then, where has Biden been? …

… During that time the coronavirus outbreak has turned into a historic national crisis.

So what has the man who wants to be the next president, now confident of his path to his party’s nomination, done? Not a lot. Biden is “largely out of sight hunkered down in Delaware,” the New York Times reported Sunday.

Biden did give a speech on March 12 to explain what he would do as president to confront the virus. But his plan was not much different from what the Trump administration has already been doing. And why did Biden, after his initial op-ed, let so much time pass without offering a comprehensive proposal for dealing with the crisis? Especially since his main criticism of Trump is that the president has not acted swiftly enough?

In short, Biden has been slow to explain why he would have reacted more quickly than Trump.

Now, Biden, who has devoted lots of time during the virus crisis to holding “virtual” fundraisers, is playing catch-up with a plan to start daily “briefings” from his house in Delaware.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...