Even Joe Biden’s wife is not convinced that he is the best candidate for president in 2020.

By |2019-08-23T08:24:07-08:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |20 Comments

Courtesy of The Guardian:

Much like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Joe Biden’s Democratic primary campaign has thus far cloaked itself in an aura of inevitability. You might not like Joe Biden. He might say racist or sexist stuff from time to time. His gaffes might be occurring at an alarming rate. He might have uninspiring policy ideas. But he’s going to win the primary anyway, so you better get used to him.

That was the subtext, at least, and an explanation for how banal Biden’s campaign has been so far. If victory is certain, why not hold the ball and milk the clock? Jill Biden, the former vice-president’s wife, made the case bizarrely explicit on MSNBC earlier this week. “Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is,” Biden said, “but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘Okay, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”

To be sure, Joe Biden is leading among Democrats thus far. The RealClearPolitics average has him ahead of Bernie Sanders by around 12 points, and he has the support of major party funders. But less than a third of Democratic voters are planning to vote for Biden, down from more than 40% the week after his 25 April announcement. An Economist/YouGov poll from this week shows the race narrowing to within the margin of error – Biden at 22%, Sanders at 19%, and Elizabeth Warren at 18%.

Electability has to be a consideration, I agree.

But with Elizabeth Warren moving up as quickly as she has just in the last week the conventional wisdom is no longer that Biden is the best bet against Trump. 

And if that is all he has going for him, that and his relationship with Obama, I don’t think it is not going to be enough to excite the electorate into turning out to vote for him. 

Democrats are much more likely to vote for a candidate who inspires them, and right now that sounds an awful lot like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. 

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  1. anon August 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Go Joe!

    Also too,,Tulsi Gabbard looks too much like Demi Moore. Do we need that trauma, of someone who once married Bruce Willis, who is a complete moron?

  2. Anonymously August 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Uncle Joe would be a compassionate, dignified, gracious, charming, experienced, intelligent, well educated, kind, caring, strong, firm, reasonable, courageous, honest, forthright, measured, tough when necessary, inspirational president. I’d be proud to see President Joseph Biden be sworn in!!!!

    • Anon August 24, 2019 at 10:28 am

      We need a break from this madness with Trump. Russia has him by the balls. Bad.
      Now he’s parroting Russia’s propaganda.
      I think he should follow Seth Meyer advice.
      Just admit to things we already know.
      And mellow the hell out already. No pills.
      Damn, smoke a joint. Eat a CBD gummy.

  3. Anonymous in Chicago August 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I thought Jill Biden’s comment about her husband was honest AND supportive of his candidacy. For me, a real turn-off is when someone tells me how wonderful and perfect a candidate is and “you should vote” for him or her. I thought she was being pragmatic while at the same time, not disparaging of other candidates. I found it kind and refreshing. I like both of the Bidens.

    • Beaglemom August 24, 2019 at 6:11 am

      I agree. And what do people want – for her to say that Kamala Harris or one of the other twenty-come candidates is the only one for her? She supports her husband and, if someone else is nominated in the end, she will no doubt support that candidate. And so will Joe Biden himself. They’re Democrats, plain and simple, and, especially in times like these, Democrats cannot afford to dismiss their party’s nominee for petty reasons.

  4. Paul August 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I like Biden, and I would vote for him if he was the democrats’ candidate, but I much prefer Senator Warren. Warren’s policies line up more with how I want to see our country and the world go, and unlike Biden, she is not beholden to corporate interests and money. In addition, Biden no longer has the energy or stamina to run a vigorous campaign (he has far fewer campaign events than Warren, Sanders or Harris), and I fear that his near constant gaffes are a sign of mental decline, perhaps even Alzheimers. We do not need to settle for Biden when Warren offers the democrats a top notch candidate.

    • Juniebug August 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Well said Paul, and I agree. I too will vote for Joe if need be, but much prefer Senator Warren’s progressive and enthusiastic desire to govern for the benefit of the people. Far cry from the current occupant of our White House. I would love for her to choose Mayor Pete as her running mate. He makes sense. Another thing sorely missed with this Trump mess. Now, whether this country is ready for a woman AND a gay man together on a presidential ticket is debatable, unfortunately. Because in reality, these things should be irrelevant. A girl can dream!

  5. ANON August 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm


    “We’re not Donald Trump” is a decent campaign message. ”
    “Make America Nice Again sounds like a winning message after what will be four exhausting years of Donald Trump.”

    • Anonymous August 24, 2019 at 3:56 am

      I prefer make america respectable again.

  6. fuck trump August 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I dont even think he and Obama have a working relationship. I think they’re publicly respectful.

    • Anon August 24, 2019 at 10:33 am

      If either had a brain in their heads left, they would get old Joe to nomination for the Democratic party. Then, have Obama as VP.
      Boom. Election is in the bag. Joe can wander around the world, while Obama cleans up white boys mess AGAIN. But he might say no.

  7. Nonnie Mouse August 23, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    My absolute favorite video of her.
    There is a woman that loves her husband as I do mine.


  8. Anonymous August 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    If the DNC tries to shove Joe down our throats as the chosen one then Trump will easily get another term.

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