If you’ve been paying attention to political news, you have probably heard people say that Joe Biden could be a strong contender for 2020. But the people inside the Democrat machine don’t all agree with that. In fact, some of them think Biden would be a disaster.
‘Weaker candidate than Hillary’: Democrats cast deep doubt on Biden’s 2020 value
Joe Biden is everything a Democratic political consultant should love: He’s experienced, well-liked, and his poll numbers look great against Donald Trump.
And yet many party strategists have a bleak assessment of his potential 2020 campaign: It’s a bad, bad idea.
“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.”
“The folks I’ve talked to are a little taken aback” by his potential candidacy, Manley said. “No one quite understands where it’s coming from.”…
“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.”
At this point, Biden hasn’t even announced whether or not he’ll run in 2020. If he does, it might not be as smooth a ride as we’ve been led to believe.