With 41 days before the "most important election of our lifetime," Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden decided to take Tuesday off from the campaign trail. He does that from time to time. Biden's campaign announced early yesterday morning that the candidate would be putting a "lid" on the day. In "campaign speak," that means no public appearances or events.

The 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton frequently went AWOL during the campaign. Of course, almost everyone thought Clinton had the luxury of a few days off here and there because her victory over Donald J. Trump was all but guaranteed. There was also tons of speculation about Clinton's health at the time. Remember how she often needed assistance walking? How about the coughing fits?

The media is attempting to convince us that the race between Biden and Trump is close and that Biden may actually be winning the thing, just like in 2016.

The pundits are also attempting to downplay what appear to be serious health issues on the part of the Democrat nominee, just as in 2016.

And just as in 2016, the media is not making an issue of the fact that the Democrat nominee is often absent from the campaign trail.

I don't know what is wrong with Joe Biden. Perhaps nothing. Perhaps Joe Biden's handlers have decided that this is the best way to run a national campaign.

While rallying with an overflow crowd in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, Trump noted his opponent's decision to take the day off and reminded his supporters, "I am working my ass off."

Hard work is what won Trump the White House in 2016. Every moment is valuable when you are competing in the "most important election of our lifetime." Taking a day off is certainly not a campaign strategy most serious candidates would employ.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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