It could work. Biden has been at or near the top of the Democratic polls since entering the race, and he has continued to poll solidly among the African-American voters who are a critical part of the party’s base. The party’s leftmost activists find Biden endlessly frustrating — with good reason — but right now there is a pretty good chance he will be the party’s nominee next fall.
Anything could happen, of course. But progressives should start preparing for the opportunity that a single-term Biden presidency might offer them.
First, they should realize that the campaign for the vice presidential nomination begins … now. The person who claims the nomination will have a leg up on winning the party’s presidential nomination, and perhaps the presidency itself, in 2024. So Democrats with an eye on the long game should already be thinking hard about who they want to be the veep nominee.