Yes, Joe Biden is several points higher than Hillary Clinton was in June 2016, and it obviously looks good for him. But I’ll never forget that feeling of election-night betrayal when I realized Clinton (whom I voted for but never liked all that much) was going to lose. Over and over during the ’16 campaign pollsters said she was safely ahead of Trump. The projections of Steve Bannon aside, even Trump campaign staffers believed that he’d probably lose. He did wind up losing the popular vote, of course, but he won the electoral college tallies. Which was entirely Hillary’s fault.

I’m not saying Biden isn’t in excellent shape, but he needs to stand up to the statue-topplers. The non-Confederates, I mean.