Joe Biden has just announced that he’s running for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. The problem here being that Joe’s pretty much everything the Democratic Party isn’t and isn’t looking for at present. He’s an old white – and heterosexual – guy. He manages to hit absolutely none of the groupings that make up intersectionality. Worse, he’s got certain problems in this #metoo era. You know, the wandering hand thing?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Ending months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is launching his third presidential campaign. Instantly joining the race as an early frontrunner, the former vice president and more than a dozen major Democratic candidates seek to deny President Trump a second term.[/perfectpullquote]
Sure, name recognition at this point is everything. But it’s not going to be enough.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In his campaign announcement video, Biden rebuked the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 and President Donald Trump’s handling of the aftermath.
“He said there were quote some very fine people on both sides,” Biden said. “With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”
Biden framed the 2020 race as a “battle for the soul of this nation.”[/perfectpullquote]
Well, he can hardly run on the idea that this is the last time he can run for it, can he?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I know a lot of people will disagree. They wonder how “Creepy Joe” – as some of his critics have dubbed him – can win his party’s nomination in the age of the #MeToo movement, after accusations that he’s been inappropriately “touchy” with women over the years.[/perfectpullquote]
Well, quite, he’s not any of the things the Dems are reportedly looking for – ethnic, female, gay, you know, something other than the one group that is currently blamed for all that ails society – he’s also actually one of the things they’re definitely not looking for, a creepy old guy who lays hands a little too closely.
As to the idea that he’s the one to take on Trump and win. Trump’s entire appeal is that he’s not from the normal political mould. Joe Biden is that
mold mould personified. Running a career politician against Trump just isn’t going to cut it.
Seriously, that just doesn’t do it these days.