Joe Biden is polling decently for a man who just announced his intentions to run for president in 2020. He has two things going for him.
First, out of all the Democrats running, he has the best name recognition. Second, most Americans have forgotten what an awful candidate he is, although that will change the more he talks.
One fascinating trend that is already developing, is journalists on the left openly comparing him to Hillary Clinton, and not in a good way.
Mehdi Hasan writes at The Intercept:
Joe Biden Is Hillary Clinton 2.0 — Democrats Would Be Mad to Nominate Him
Have the Democrats gone mad? Are they really planning on putting up the same type of candidate against Donald Trump in 2020 that they put up against him in 2016? Is the party bent on nominating Hillary 2.0?
How else to describe Joe Biden, the former vice president and ex-senator from Delaware, who is leading in the polls and has hinted that he’d reveal whether he’s running for president in “a few weeks” and might select a running mate early in the process?
Forget, for a moment, his “blue-collar-uncle-at-the-end-of-the-bar persona.” Ignore also his recent, and ridiculous, claim to have the “most progressive record of anybody” running for president. Consider, instead, the sheer number of similarities he seems to have with the vanquished Democratic presidential candidate of 2016.
Iraq War supporter? Check. Clinton was pilloried by the left and the right alike as a wild-eyed hawk; her vote in favor of the Iraq invasion haunted both her 2008 and 2016 campaigns…
Friend of Wall Street? Check. Clinton had a Goldman Sachs problem; Biden has an MBNA problem. Headquartered in his home state of Delaware, the credit card giant MBNA was his biggest donor when he served in the Senate.
Hasan goes on to list numerous other reasons why Democrats would be crazy to nominate Biden and this might be easy to ignore if he was the only liberal journalist saying this. But he isn’t.
Arwa Mahdawi writes at The Guardian:
Joe Biden is the Hillary Clinton of 2020 – and it won’t end well this time either
Joe Biden wants to make America straight again. “America’s coming back like we used to be,” the former vice-president told reporters in Delaware on Thursday, shortly after he released a video officially announcing his 2020 campaign. “Ethical, straight, telling the truth … All those good things.”
It was unfortunate phrasing, but what else would you expect from a man whose foot always seems to be hovering somewhere near his mouth? Gaffes are part of Biden’s brand and, we will, no doubt see a lot more of them in the coming months.
We can also expect to see a lot more lofty promises about turning the clock back on Trumpism, and returning America to the (entirely mythical) days when the country was a bastion of morality…
What’s really frustrating about Biden is the fact that, even though he is another version of Clinton, and seems to be getting set to run a carbon copy of Clinton’s campaign, we’re going to be told ad nauseum that he’s our best bet at beating Trump.
Those are not ringing endorsements. They are the sound of worried liberals hitting the panic button.
The only question is whether or not the Democratic party will listen.