For­mer vice pres­i­dent’s glory days are all in the past

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Joe Bi­den is not the an­swer for Democrats in 2020.

Some in the me­dia are al­ready drool­ing over that prospect as the for­mer vice pres­i­dent hawks his new book. But lib­eral king­mak­ers shouldn’t fall for this love fest.

Bi­den rep­re­sents the glory days of the past when for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama ran the coun­try. He doesn’t rep­re­sent the fu­ture. Never mind he would be in his late 70s when en­ter­ing of­fice.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits can get nos­tal­gic all they want about Bi­den, but it should end there. Don’t be tempted by his charm.

In his new book, “Prom­ise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hard­ship, and Pur­pose,” he re­counts his de­ci­sion not to run for of­fice af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing loss of his son.

“A cau­tious, trim-aroundthe-edges cam­paign was point­less. So Bi­den for Pres­i­dent was go­ing to go big. Be­cause frankly, at this point in my ca­reer and af­ter all my fam­ily had been through, any­thing less just wasn’t worth it,” he writes.

He sug­gests that he would have beaten Don­ald Trump and pro­vides some in­sight in the book as to how he could take him on in 2020.

“So many of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns that sum­mer seemed locked in the past. A fight over what hap­pened, what went wrong, what Amer­ica lost. If I ran, I wanted to paint a pic­ture of Amer­ica’s fu­ture, what we could be­come, how ev­ery­one could be dealt back into the deal.”

So now, he can’t sit across from a jour­nal­ist with­out the ques­tion be­ing raised about 2020. Bi­den con­tin­ues to string along the me­dia that’s froth­ing at the mouth for an an­nounce­ment. Yes­ter­day morn­ing he said, “No, I’m not clos­ing the door. I’ve been around too long, and I’m a great re­specter of fate, but who knows what the sit­u­a­tion is go­ing to be a year-and-a-half from now.”

One thing that won’t change is the need for fresh blood at the top of the party.

Vot­ers re­jected Hil­lary Clinton par­tially be­cause she was the dar­ling of the DNC and not part of a rev­o­lu­tion like Ver­mont U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders. You can’t force a politi­cian down vot­ers’ throats. They will throw them up ev­ery time.


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