HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Nearly all selected Democrats in Pennsylvania showed their support on Sunday, standing united with President Joe Biden at various locations as he traveled from Philadelphia to the state capital, commencing what his backers here described as his resurgence.

        Addressing campaign activists and followers at a Biden-Harris campaign office in Philadelphia, a woman expressed to Biden, “We require Mysterious Brandon to return.”

        Biden’s spontaneous response, “Mysterious Brandon is making a comeback,” brought joy to the volunteers at the campaign office, who have been fielding inquiries from editorial pages and notable Democrats for the past 11 days urging him to suspend his reelection bid.

        Biden started his day at Philadelphia’s airport, where he was welcomed by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.) as well as two members of Pennsylvania’s Democratic congressional delegation, Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.). Former congressmen Patrick Murphy and Bob Brady, along with Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, were also present.

        Biden then participated in a service at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, an African American church in Philadelphia, where Bishop J. Louis Felton delivered a spirited defense of the president during his sermon.

        Felton’s speech echoed an equally impassioned endorsement that Biden received four years ago from another influential Black Democrat, Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.). Clyburn’s backing of Biden is widely recognized for reviving Biden’s 2020 campaign. Before South Carolina, Biden had faced defeat in four consecutive primary contests.

        The significance of the moment was hard to overlook. Biden clearly embarked on a revival tour and selected Pennsylvania – his birthplace, the state where he has campaigned the most (eight visits since January), and a state where he has garnered the backing of every Democrat holding statewide office.

        This is also the state where he trails former President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points according to the latest Morning Consult poll.

        Murphy, who represented Bucks County in Congress from 2007 to 2011 and greeted Biden at the airport tarmac on Sunday morning, mentioned that Biden was in a determined stance as he prepared for the daylong journey across half of Pennsylvania. The first Iraq War veteran in Congress emphasized the divergence between the perspective of the political establishment in Washington concerning Biden and the sentiment of voters in states like Pennsylvania.

        “Urban elites consistently underestimate ‘unflashy’ Pennsylvania,” he remarked, adding, “They persistently undervalue our resilience and one of our own in Joe Biden.”

        Murphy, the 32nd undersecretary of the Army, stated that Biden may not possess the eloquence of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, or Ronald Reagan, “but he is a diligent worker, not a flamboyant figure, delivering bipartisan outcomes for our households.”

        Following interactions with congregants at Mount Airy, who encouraged him to remain in the race, and a meeting with campaign volunteers at a field office, Biden joined Fetterman on a trip to an event in Harrisburg with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, where hundreds of volunteers, community activists, and union members turned up to offer their backing to Biden.

        Both Fetterman and Lt. Gov. Austin Davis (D-Pa.), the state’s inaugural Black lieutenant governor and the youngest one in the nation, provided brief yet passionate comments at the event, with Davis highlighting the high stakes for Democrats to demonstrate their support for Biden as the father of a newborn daughter.

        “I entrust Joe Biden with my daughter’s future, therefore as Democrats we must not fret. We must take action,” he urged, stressing the significance of door-to-door canvassing and engagement with the Biden campaign.

        “What will be the outcome when we engage in these efforts?” Davis, a compelling public speaker, inquired of the audience, asserting firmly, “We shall triumph.”

        Biden then met with Governor Josh Shapiro (D-Pa.), a popular Democrat with strong approval ratings among voters from all political affiliations in the state, for a private discussion at a local coffee shop near the state Capitol.

        Shapiro has demonstrated unwavering support for Biden as well.

        Jeff Brauer, a professor at Keystone College, suggested that emotionally and politically, Pennsylvania emerges as the ideal setting for Biden to attempt a resurgence. However, Brauer cautioned that while Pennsylvania may offer a conducive environment for a revival, it does not ensure its success.

        “If Biden has any chance of reviving his fortunes after his performance in June’s debate, it rests on Pennsylvania. In fact, it is imperative for him,” Brauer remarked, underscoring the robust backing from the top statewide-elected Democrats.

        “So, unless Biden can convince Pennsylvanian voters of his readiness and capability for another term, it is highly improbable that he will garner adequate support from the remainder of the country to secure the 270 electoral votes required to retain the presidency,” he elucidated.

        While Biden endeavored to bring back “Mysterious Brandon,” a contrasting scenario unfolded in Washington where reports surfaced about Biden’s eroding support among congressional Democrats during a virtual meeting of House ranking members.

        Representative Susan Wild (D-Pa.) was among the House members expressing reservations about Biden’s electability in the call on Sunday. She was one of numerous congressional Democrats from Pennsylvania, including Representatives Matt Cartwright, Dwight Evans, Mary Gay Scanlon, Chrissy Houlahan, Chris Deluzio, and Summer Lee, who did not appear at the airport to greet Biden.

        Expressing displeasure at the disclosure of her inquiry into Biden, Wild commented to journalists: “It is counterproductive to have this challenging process unfold amidst leaks and speculations.”

        Murphy, heading to Arizona on Monday for a Veterans for Biden event in the swing state, emphasized that the president remains steadfast in his resolve to continue in the race: “Joe Biden is not one to yield to pressure from any quarter and will not heed the advice of the elite dictating what is best for the party. He is concerned with what is in the best interest of the nation.”

        By day’s end, the determination apparent in the private call seemed to wane, with several House members issuing clarifications that transformed the entire opposition to Biden from a significant revolt into a feeble protest.

        Salena Zito, a CNN political analyst, serves as a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner. Engaging in shoe-leather journalism, she connects with the Everyman and Everywoman by traversing from Main Street to the beltway and all points in between. For additional information on Salena and to peruse her previous columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.