Well, good ol’ Creepy Uncle Joe finally made it official. After weeks (and weeks) of delays, former Vice Presidency Joe Biden announced he was seeking the presidency on Thursday with a video that ignored the other 944 Democrats in the field to focus on President Donald Trump. Heavily referencing the controversial, violent events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, Biden said that it was Trump’s remarks in the wake of that event that inspired him to run for a third time.
After Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides,” Biden said in his introductory video, he knew he had to run.
“In that moment,” he said, “I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had seen in our lifetime. The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America America is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
But even if Joe Biden is on a moral crusade to save America from the evil clutches of Donald Trump, the fact remains that he’s going to have to get past the other umpteen candidates in the field, many of whom have a much more extreme view of where the country should be headed. As such, they will undoubtedly seize on questions of whether or not Biden is too old, too white, and just too damn stuck-in-the-past to be a modern Democratic leader. They will attack him for his support of the 1990s Clinton crime bill, they will attack him for being too hard on Anita Hill, and they will attack him for his long-ago stance on school busing.
And, of course, they will attack him for being the wrong guy at the wrong #MeToo time.
Even so, some Democrats think Biden is just what the doctor ordered.
Sen. Chris Coons, from Biden’s home state of Delaware, said in a statement that the former vice president was “better prepared than anyone to lead America on the world stage at a time when our commitments to our allies and our values are being questioned like never before.”
Dick Harpootlian, the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, was even blunter.
“We need to get more pragmatic and understand that Joe Biden is the only real chance to win in 2020,” Harpootlian told the Washington Post. “My concern is our nominee has to be able to carry Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — and I don’t see that in any of these other folks.”
As of now, Biden is leading in most of the early polls. The question is whether he can sustain that lead in a Democratic world eager to eat alive anyone who isn’t sufficiently subservient to the fringe left. In the political environment that made superstars out of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden may just be too…normal.