Biden is Being Treated Like the “Grown Up” of 2020 Democrat Candidates, His Past Says Otherwise

Former Vice President Joe Biden has finally announced and there has been a collective sigh of relief among many Democrats. “Finally” someone who is electable, mature (but not “too” old),  able to raise money, and part of “one of the most successful” Democratic administrations in years has entered the race.

There may have never been a good time for Biden to run for President, considering it now seems almost laughable.

The accolades have already poured in because of his video announcement of running (below).

The LA Times states “Joe Biden would be better than anyone else at cleaning up after Trump.”

CNN noted that Biden brought in the biggest haul on his first day than any other Democratic candidate, with the headline “Joe Biden announced $6.3 million haul on opening day of 2020 bid.”

And The Chicago Tribune assures the electorate that “Joe Biden might offer a restful break for weary voters.”

When it comes to Biden, does the hyperbole match the reality?  The short answer is likely “no” for several reasons. His behavior was similar to Trump’s for years, it was just done by a “nicer” guy. His attitude towards women was deemed inappropriate long before the #MeToo movement. His earlier efforts to run for President were laughable, never getting more than single digits and never going late into the election season. At 76, Biden is Bernie Sanders old (who is 77) at a time when Millennials became the largest demographic in the US.  There may have never been a good time for Biden to run for President, considering it now seems almost laughable.

Still, with more candidates pursuing the Democrats nomination than in any tine in US history, there was certainly a sense there needed to be someone else in that group. The question, is Biden that “someone else”?

The following are some videos that capture some of the things Biden is running against or having to deal with in 2020:

One of the biggest issues Biden has to address is a history of perceived racism, including towards the President he served under, Barack Obama. This video from Iowa Public Television in 2008 sums it up well:

Biden’s history of physically inappropriate behavior is legendary and captured thoroughly is this important interview from The Washington Post:

Biden’s 1988 race for President was a Disaster

Business Insider notes:

“Before Joe Biden was vice president during the Barack Obama administration, and before he bowed out of the 2008 presidential race, the longtime senator from Delaware unsuccessfully ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

“Incidents of plagiarism both on the campaign trail and during his time at the Syracuse University College of Law became some of the final issues that dogged Biden before he ultimately suspended his floundering campaign.”

BI goes on:

“During an event at the Iowa State Fair, Biden mimicked entire portions of Kinnock’s speech from earlier in the year. At one moment, Biden repeated the line that he was the first “in a thousand generations” to graduate from college, gesturing to his wife in the exact same way Kinnock did, while also saying the same line about her education and lineage.

“Biden would later acknowledge that he in fact did have relatives who attended college, directly contrasting the Kinnock lines.”

Still, with more candidates pursuing the Democrats nomination than in any tine in US history, there was certainly a sense there needed to be someone else in that group. The question, is Biden that “someone else”?

Biden’s similarly poor performance for the nomination in 2008

The Washington Post notes:

“In the final days before the Iowa presidential caucuses in 2008, Joe Biden and his top advisers were still hoping for a third-place finish, or even a close fourth. In a late-night meeting as voting neared, a former congressman and local power broker they had summoned told them their hopes were unlikely to be fulfilled.

“They had not tended to some of the most basic functions of a presidential campaign. Rather than recruiting legions of staff members and volunteers, or using his oratorical skills to inspire a grass-roots army, the Democratic senator was running a race like his Delaware campaigns, with a merry band of relatives and friends around him. The campaign had little money, starved of resources and momentum.”

Again, the former VP has developed a reputation as “single digit Joe.”

Joe Biden is perceived as too old, and he has even openly wondered if he was too old to run:

CBS in Philadelphia reports:

Biden is not the only one that is concerned. In a poll at DelawareOnline (from the state he represented in the Senate for decades), a majority of his former constituents believe he is too old for the job.

Joe Biden for President in 2020? Don’t count on it.

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