The frontrunner has a lead but no momentum. And the reasons why were on full display in Thursday night’s debate
The life of a frontrunner isn’t easy. In a crowded field, you have to absorb all the incoming fire. When the other candidates on the debate stage finally run out of attacks, there are protesters in the audience who shout you down.
Such is Joe Biden’s suffering in this longest of presidential contests. Nine months into the race, and yet six months away from Super Tuesday, his frontrunner status has stagnated. It is not a happy place to find yourself: with a lead but no momentum.