If the democrats think Joe Biden is the answer, they really weren’t paying attention.
Today, Joe Biden announced that he is planning to run for president in 2020.
Liberals around the country have turned the outgoing vice president into a flawless caricature of himself over the last eight years—he’s been entirely deified. He’s now become your sweet old uncle, the guy who occasionally says the wrong thing, but always means well. For the purpose of this piece, there’s no need to deep dive into Biden’s bad decisions related to the war on drugs, the Patriot Act, the war in Iraq, abortion, civil rights, capital punishment, Anita Hill and others (all decisions that should prohibit the particular brand of aggrandizement he’s currently benefitting from,) because running Joe Biden in 2020 is a terrible idea for a myriad of reasons that have nothing to do with his congressional record. It’s more about the embarrassing stagnancy he represents as a figure in American politics.
The party needs new blood.
And these new faces should be propped up alongside time-tested veterans that have proven to be true, unwavering figures of progressive ideals. The age of the safe, aisle-reaching centrist is dead. Keith Ellison as DNC Chair would be a step in the right direction. Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris are welcome additions, and Joaquin and Julián Castro and Tom Perez should continue to rise among the ranks. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders should be two of the de facto party leaders moving forward, although, due to their age, a presidential run for either may not be the best idea.
There are many democrats who think this year was some kind of anomaly, an outstretching ebb that will inevitably fall victim to its corresponding flow. And they’re not completely wrong. The anti-establishment fervor will settle down to a degree, but it is not going away anytime soon. Nor should it. Voters on both sides are clamoring for something different – and one side surely got it. The other, not so much.
Running Biden in 2020 would not only be another lazy, next-in-line selection, it would signal to the country that the democratic party is still flailing and searching for a new savior. They should be building something from the ground up; they should be learning from the remarkable run Bernie Sanders had and tapping into the energy that put him on the precipice of the nomination. They should be listening and reacting, not spewing out tired ideas that inspire no one.
Joe Biden may be a guy you’d love to sit and have a beer with, that’s all well and good I suppose. And alongside his unavoidable blunders, he did some truly great things during his 43 years in public service. But a 77-year-old former senator/vice president with his record (despite his charming appeal via memeification and his evolution on a number of issues) is not the answer the democrats are searching for.
by Jesse Mechanic
Jesse Mechanic is the editor in chief of The Overgrown.