This really would be a game changer.
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
Joe Biden reliably blows through every public and private deadline for making a decision about running for president. But he’s giving everyone he’s seen in recent weeks the feeling that he’s very close to saying yes.
The urgency of Biden’s planning has stepped up since the beginning of the year and serves as a window into the complexity of this moment in American politics, with Donald Trump halfway through his chaotic first term and a diverse and progressive field of Democrats already lined up to run against him in 2020.
Top positions for a campaign have been sketched out. Donor outreach has accelerated, with Biden himself telling staff at some events to write down the names of people who say they’re eager to help. A list of potential “day-one endorsers” among elected officials has been prepared. Basic staff outreach is happening. Biden has even joked to people that he’s upped his daily workout to get in shape.
“I have been told that if it happens, I need to be ready to go with a moment’s notice,” said one person who’s been in conversations with Biden’s top aides.
There are plenty of people who are skeptical of a Joe Biden 2020 campaign (I am one of them myself) and he teased about running for some time before removing his name from consideration in 2016 race.
The article points out that there are strong reasons Biden might be drawn to next year’s race:
Trump worries and offends Biden, and he feels a sense of duty to the government and the country to get things back on track. He fears that other Democrats can’t beat Trump and aren’t prepared for what it would be like to take over the government in his wake. Notably, no other announced or prospective candidate has any foreign-policy experience.
I have stated in the past that I do not think that it is the right time for a Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders to throw their hat in the ring.
Having said that Joe Biden would make a compelling candidate, and he would be an absolute certainty to beat Trump.
No question about that.
Having said that the also comes with some baggage.
For one there are numerous photos and video of Biden being a little handsy with the fairer sex.
Yeah, that might trip Joe up in the era of #MeToo.
Biden has also obviously taken millions in corporate money, supports capital punishment, supported Bush’s Iraq war, and referred to the Anita Hill testimony against Clarence Thomas as a “character assassination.”
However, Biden was also instrumental in helping his boss put together the Obamacare legislation, was an early proponent of same-sex marriage, and drafted the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
So yes Biden has tons of baggage, but he also benefits from being one of the most popular politicians in the country and of having the depth of experience that none of the other possible contenders can hope to match.
My own personal preference is for a younger, more ethnic, and possibly female candidate.
However, if we ended up with Joe Biden leading the ticket it would be hard to argue that it is a bad thing.
What do you all think?