PASADENA, Calif., July 9, 2015 — If recent reports are true, Joe Biden will enter the presidential race. In as soon as a month, conservatives will be given the gift of the left’s closest approximation of Donald Trump.
Like Trump, Biden is the quintessential “gift that keeps on giving” to his opponents. And despite his frequent verbal blunders, Biden’s straight talking nature and extensive experience in Washington, combined with a weak Democratic field and growing unease with Hillary, gives him a legitimate shot at the nomination.
The most glaring reason that Biden, often fondly referred to as a “gaffe machine”, has a real chance in this race is the weak lineup the Democrats are sending to the plate in 2016. The current roster is lethargic at best and supremely unqualified at worst.
The only excitement that currently exists on the liberal side is emanating from the crowds around Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed Socialist and one-time writer of female bondage porn. He’s a colorful character with no major legislative accomplishments to speak of during his 25 year stint in Washington.
Other than that, there is no candidate even worth mentioning except of course, serial controversy generator Hillary Clinton. From the very start, Clinton has run a resoundingly unimpressive campaign. The list of missteps is long and significant.
The server Hillary wiped clean after the State Department asked for her emails, the dubious dealings of the Clinton Foundation, and the completely unexplained Benghazi situation put her campaign behind the 8 ball from day one. Her announcement video was awkward, and it was followed by a roll-out that consisted of 86 days of avoiding the press. She did not sit down for a single national interview until this week.
And it wasn’t pretty. Clinton showed time and again why she is so distrusted. Despite numerous invitations to do so, she avoided sticking her neck out with an opinion on even one substantive policy issue, and after applauding the decision to put a woman on the nation’s currency, she refused to say which woman it should be or which bill she should appear on.
Whatever tactic the Clinton camp thinks they are employing isn’t working well; recent polls show that 6 out of 10 Americans don’t trust the former first lady.
Even prominent Democrats will tell you that Hillary has a credibility problem. Much has been said about the “hold your nose” mentality that many on the left are adopting with regard to Clinton. Voting for her has been characterized as more of an obligation than a opportunity.
Biden, on the other hand, exudes a confidence and a genuine-ness that can not be overlooked.
The mere fact that Bernie Sanders, possibly the only person in the world openly pushing for a 90 percent tax rate on the rich, is considered viable serves as indisputable proof that Biden has an opening in this race. If Bernie can jump from 2 to 14 percent in the polls in just a few months, someone with the experience and name recognition that Uncle Joe brings to the table would be formidable.
Much has been said recently about Donald Trump resonating with voters and rising in the polls due to his brass and uncensored style. People may have forgotten that Joe Biden was Donald Trump before being Donald Trump was cool. In 2008, Joe Biden ran for President with the exact same approach that Trump is capitalizing on and it was truly can’t miss television whenever he got in front of the camera. If it weren’t for the meteoric rise of President Obama, things could have worked out a lot different for Joe.
Biden has been around Washington for a long time, and unlike Hillary and Bernie, he has racked up some respectable experience. As Chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, he was well known for sponsoring legislation to prevent violence against women. For 12 years as a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden was at the forefront of important foreign policy issues related to terrorism and the Middle East.
Biden has been vice president for over six years, something voters won’t ignore. He has the name recognition and connections that are imperative to becoming a front runner in the early stages; they will also matter at the ballot box in November, 2016. Historically, the last two Vice President’s to run — Al Gore and George H.W. Bush — did well with their presidential bids.
Biden is an experienced and extremely likable candidate with a compelling and sympathetic backstory — he showed uncommon grace and courage after the deaths of his wife and children — and he has the perceived honesty that voters are looking for. He could sell ice to an Eskimo, especially on a stage next to Hillary. Clinton has done herself no favors over the past several months, and if Joe throws his hat in the ring, anything could happen.