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“Not His Time”: Democratic Strategists Sour On Potential Biden Candidacy

“Not His Time”: Democratic Strategists Sour On Potential Biden Candidacy

Like Rodney Dangerfield, poor Joe Biden can’t get any respect.

While on a book tour last December, former VP Joe Biden told a group of people in Montana that he had given himself a two month window to decide on another possible presidential run while pointing out his bonafides. The Hill reported at the time:

While Biden hasn’t made a decision about the 2020 race, he is sounding increasingly like a presidential candidate. In Montana, Biden said he was “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

“I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” he said, according to CNN.

Fast forward to just a couple of weeks ago, when he told a crowd of supporters in Florida that he would have definitive answers on questions about a potential 2020 bid “soon.”

While he hasn’t made it official, the way he talks at public speaking engagements like the one last month gives off the impression he wants to get back into the ring.

But should he? McClatchy talked to over two dozen Democratic strategists from different parts of the country about Biden. Their assessment of a Biden candidacy was almost universal:

“This last election cycle, we’ve seen a whole new level of energy that has emerged through a lot of fresh faces, and the party has moved in that direction and wants to hear new ideas and different messages,” said Norm Sterzenbach, a former executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party who now works as a consultant in the state.

Added Jim Manley, longtime Democratic operative: “I’m not convinced Biden is the right way to go at this point in time.”

[…]

“Among political professionals, there are deep concerns because we know the history,” said a Pennsylvania-based Democratic strategist, granted anonymity to speak candidly about a party elder. “We have reason to be skeptical of the hype.”

“We heard it with Hillary, and we saw it happened,” the source added. “And there’s a lot of reason to think he would wind up a significantly weaker candidate than Hillary.”

[…]

“Let’s be honest: He’s an older white guy,” said Jim Cauley, a longtime Kentucky-based Democratic strategist. “Does he connect with the base?”

The biggest issues the strategists pointed out were that he might not be progressive enough for the Democratic base and that with his long political career comes a lot of baggage, too. Some also cited his penchant for gaffes and speaking off the cuff, which in the current outrage culture we live in could be a definite downside to a future Biden run.

And let’s face it, folks, he’s got a pretty extensive gaffe reel that not even this MSNBC clip roundup completely covers:

Something to also consider is that Biden, like Hillary Clinton, has run for president twice unsuccessfully. Is he meant to always be a bridesmaid and never a bride?

On the flip side, early polling numbers suggest both he and 2016 candidate Bernie Sanders would be front-runners should they declare their intentions to run. They have the name recognition, an established political machine, and a support network that goes back decades from their time in DC. Plus, Biden has 8 years of vice presidential experience under his belt.

But, say the strategists, that may not be enough:

Democratic strategists vow that fighting for moderate voters remains imperative. But the recent defeats of old-guard Democratic candidates in red states such as Evan Bayh in Indiana in 2016 or Phil Bredesen in Tennessee in 2018 has convinced some that no candidate, no matter how skilled, can bring back voters who haven’t backed Democrats in years.

“The old coalitions, they don’t come back,” said a Senate Democratic strategist. “You have to build new ones.”

“Love Joe Biden,” the strategist said. “Not his time.”

Stay tuned!

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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A whole new level of energy? Give Drunken Uncle Joe some Viagra and put him in front of some cameras and a little girl….you’ll see some energy!

Not his time? His time has passed. As a matter of fact, it is not even his party anymore. Joe sat at the side of Barack the Light Worker all those years and said nothing. He helped the radical left take over.

The biggest issues the strategists pointed out were that he might not be progressive enough for the Democratic base …

Is this code for he isn’t a socialist? Asking for a friend.

…I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” he said…

“I’m knowledgeable, but I still make the wrong decisions.”

That statement is about as Joe Biden as it gets, folks.

““Let’s be honest: He’s an older white guy,” said Jim Cauley, a longtime Kentucky-based Democratic strategist. “Does he connect with the base?””

Well, you built the base. You reap what you sow.
There is nobody running from “your base” of identity politics who can win the general.

Joe was an integral factor in the Clintons and then Obama gutting the Democrat party. Just as “W” was an indispensable factor enabling the rise of Obama, he so enabled the rise of the communist children of the corn who have no use for another senile, white geriatric.

I think the bigger question is do we really want any politician in control who connects with that base?

    I have a feeling that is Joe’s angle. He is probably positioning himself as the stand-by candidate on the sidelines who will be drafted at the convention following the implosion of the party.

As repellent as he is, he probably represents the Democrats’ best hope for the presidency.
Given the overall low information level of voters, and assuming the usual soft glove treatment of him by the media, he represents a non threatening alternative to the current crop of lunatics who are trying for the nomination.
Whether the Democrat base can put down the crack pipe of progressivism long enough to realize this is an open question.

Slow Joe looks down right brainy now that AOC has shown up. Not as smart as oh, say, Sheila Jackson Lee or Maxine Waters, but, ya’ know, smart.

Found in the dictionary under …

creepy

In Montana, Biden said he was “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

He is partly right, he is the most qualified democrat to be president. And ain’t that a sorry state of affairs.

I think this is fine–make the Democrats run as far to the left as possible so that anyone looks reasonable in comparison.

Comanche Voter | February 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Poor old Slow Joe–always running (maybe at his age just jogging) to catch the Presidential Train. And it has pulled out of the station without him.

By not jumping into the ring in 2016, Biden showed indecision and fear of the Clinton express. He wants it handed to him like they handed it to Clinton – and that ain’t gonna happen. He doesn’t have the stones for a fight.

Ah coulda been a contender.

The death of his son took the wind out of his sails. He’s had a rough road.

Correction to Groping Joe’s statement:
‘“I have been doing everything worong for all of my adult life…”
Joe has been 100% wrong on every foreign policy issue. You can’t create his level of stupidity!

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