If the Democratic establishment thinks that Joe Biden is a better candidate to run against Donald Trump, they’re in for a rude awakening.
Perhaps establishment Democrats are rallying to Biden less from confidence in his candidacy than from fear of Sanders’s rise. For all the hand-wringing about Trump’s assault on democracy, they may well prefer to lose to Trump than to lose control of the party to Sanders.
That’s not a choice that the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters would make. Over the next weeks, Biden’s record will get more scrutiny. Biden and Sanders will face off in a debate. Voters will get a far better look at which of the two they think could fare well against Trump. They might do well to take another look.