The messages reported by The Nation paint a disturbing picture of a campaign willing to do anything in order to improve its candidate’s showing in first-vote-in-the-nation Iowa, where Biden has long been considered a long shot to win the most votes in the Feb. 3 caucuses.
However, Iowa caucuses are brutal, with strange rules that favor a hyper-targeted ground-game operation where ignoring a few key 5,000-population towns could spell doom.
This is an election where you can go from worst to first and back to worst in the blink of an eye, which means that campaigns can’t take a moment off. It’s probably wise to cool it down a bit, though, when a winter storm blankets the state.
Alas, that’s where the Biden operation was apparently looking for an edge. While other candidacies aren’t going to send their volunteers and low-paid employees and volunteers out in the white stuff, Biden’s campaign was going to have its people literally being threatened by campaign grandees who demand staffers hit the road no matter what may be covering said road.