BIDEN COULD WIN IF DEMS LET HIM RUN
Joe Biden would have beaten Donald Trump and still could win if Democrats give him a chance.
The former vice president is one of the party’s best hopes for 2020, yet all his critics want to talk about are his alleged weaknesses.
He’s too old.
He’s lost twice before. He’s too prone to gaffes. Well, guess what? Biden is actually a year younger than Bernie Sanders. He’s just six years older than Elizabeth Warren.
Yes, Biden has run two wildly unsuccessful presidential campaigns, but also was a key part of two wildly successful campaigns — with Barack Obama.
And yes, Biden is prone to gaffes. He speaks a little too honestly and spontaneously sometimes. But in these political times, that’s a strength.
Biden has never been the favorite of the progressive crowd. He’s not fashionable. He’s never viewed as the Democrats’ next big thing. He’s too blue collar. He didn’t become wealthy until recently when he signed a book deal. He got his first beach house this year — in Delaware. Not exactly the Vineyard.
But that’s exactly what Democrats need in 2020 — an ordinary Joe who can relate to ordinary Joes in places like Akron, Ohio, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. Biden, unlike Hillary Clinton, would have known that
he needed to campaign in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Biden never would have lost those two states, and never would have lost Pennsylvania.
That’s because he knows how to relate to actual voters. He doesn’t come across as aloof, or condescending. That loud applause Biden got on “The Today Show” yesterday was real and spontaneous.
After Megyn Kelly questioned whether Biden could win over “blue-collar Rust Belters” because they already “love” Donald Trump, Biden quickly quipped, “They love me more.” The audience burst into laughter.
Pundits who dismiss Biden just because he’s 75 are engaging in age discrimination. Voters don’t seem to care about age — just check the results in 1980 and 1984, when Ronald Reagan, at age 69 and 73, won in landslides. In 2016 voters chose a 69-year-old and a 70-year-old to be the presidential nominees.
The questions about Biden’s age could actually be positives. He’s been on the stage with world leaders and in the White House situation room for eight years.
And he appears healthy — unlike our current president.
The biggest question surrounding Biden is not whether he’s capable of winning, it’s whether he really wants to run. The former vice president has been in mourning since the death of his son, Beau, and appears to be still grappling with the loss.
Biden also must ask himself whether he’ll be able to win the nomination of a party that’s been taken over by the left. He’ll never be the favorite of the left wing, but could win a nomination fight if other candidates split the liberal vote.
But the best thing Biden can do now is wait. Let Warren and others maneuver for 2020. Biden is already a known factor, and can afford to let the fight play out for a year or two.
If Democrats really want someone who can beat Donald Trump, they can’t do much better than Joe Biden.
ORDINARY JOE: Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, hasn’t announced whether he’ll run for president in 2020. Hillary Clinton, above, lost the 2016 election.