“What we can’t let voters do is think they can get the same policies with someone they like better, like Joe Biden — someone who would fight for them but who doesn’t have the crass edge,” said the former White House staffer. “I hope CNN has Kirsten Gillibrand on every minute of every day. Love it. Bring it. She’s easy to destroy. If you’re the president, or the RNC, you’re more worried about someone who looks like Biden — someone who has more mainstream appeal, who blue-collar workers could identity with.”
One former White House official outlined a theory of the case that has gained some traction: Trump’s policies will continue to be popular all the way through his reelection campaign, but his approval rating will never crack 45 percent — creating an opening for Biden, or someone like him, to recapture the loyalty of white Rust Belt Democrats who helped elect Trump in 2016.
Biden not only has great appeal to rust belt Democrats, but he has two other advantages, being well known and being a part of the good Obama years, which after this circus side show we’ve been subjected to in the era of Trump, is a much dreamed of return to sanity. Uncle Joe has a hell of a lot of fans. But Democrats seem bound and determined to throw him under the bus.
Apparently we have learned nothing from 2016. The presidential race is not about policies. It should be, but it’s not. It’s about having a candidate that can push buttons and win. In a perfect world, you get somebody like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who can both affect people positively on a gut level and they have great policies and leadership abilities. There is no question in my mind, whatsoever, that any one of our Democratic presidential candidates would fill the job successfully and bring sane leadership back to Washington. (With the exception of Gillebrand, and that’s a piece for another day.) That is not the issue. The issue is: Who can beat Donald Trump? Who can get votes away from the people who are sick of Trump but too sexist or racist to consider voting for Warren or Harris? Or Buttigieg? It seems obvious to me that Joe Biden is the person we need to nominate and end this nightmare of Trump.
Run because you have strengths that no other Democratic candidate does, including your depth of experience and connection to the Obama presidency. Run because your populist image fits the Democrats’ most successful political strategy of the past generation. Run because you will never have another chance — and because you are not afraid of losing.
…the country needs to maximize the chances that Trump’s presidency ends as soon as possible, certainly by Jan. 20, 2021. A Biden run helps that cause. It does so by broadening the Democrats’ options. It creates a stronger field, from which the strongest nominee can emerge. (The downsides of a big field are often exaggerated: A divisive primary didn’t undermine Barack Obama in 2008. It helped him.) If Biden is as flawed as his critics think, he won’t win the nomination.
All candidates are flawed. Every single last one. If we wait to find the perfect candidate, flawless in every way, Hell will freeze over and the Republicans will win. Again. We need to drop the purity crap and consider the only question that matters at all: which Democrat can beat Trump? Nothing else matters. I say we don’t throw Joe Biden under the bus, because in doing so, we may blow this election. The bottom line is this: Post-Trump America needs to heal. Biden is somebody who reasonably can be expected to do that. Uncle Joe is known and he has a lot of charm. And what we’ll doubtlessly see in the primaries, is how effectively he kicks Trump’s ass. Now is the time to put practicality above purity because the stakes have never been higher.