Which raises a basic question: Why?
After all, Biden is in the midst of the most challenging period of his young presidency as the situation in Afghanistan, the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the situation at the southern border have combined to complicate his political fortunes.
And it’s a long way to go to defend a Democratic governor in one of the most Democratic states in the country.
Given all of that, there’s really only one answer to that question above as to why Biden is making the trip for Newsom: The President — and Democratic strategists more generally — are worried about the governor losing the recall vote.
The Biden visit is aimed at closing that enthusiasm gap. A presidential visit typically creates excitement among base voters — and draws lots and lots of favorable press coverage, which might sway Democrats (and independents) who remain on the fence about Newsom.
It’s the ultimate trump card — with apologies to the former president — that a party can pull. And it’s usually a sign of the a) import of winning a race and b) worry that said race is not heading in the right direction.