Let me start by saying that I have always liked Joe Biden.
Despite the fact that almost his entire adult life has been in politics (as a United States Senator and Vice President), he comes across as an “everyman” kind of guy; an unpretentious non-politician’s politician.
The fact that he is seriously gaffe-prone actually contributes to that positive image, making him seem more spontaneous and unscripted.
But is this a salable commodity in today’s Democratic party? Or has the party passed him by – not necessarily on the upswing but maybe the downswing?
Read this excerpt from Alex Roarty’s article at mcclatchy. com, and see what you make of it:
McClatchy interviewed 31 Democratic strategists — pollsters, opposition research experts, media consultants, ex-party officials, and communications specialists — from across the country about a potential Biden campaign. Nine agreed to speak on the record; all others quoted anonymously do not plan to be affiliated with any candidate running in the presidential primary.
Strikingly, these conversations yielded a similar view: The Democratic political community is more broadly and deeply pessimistic about Biden’s potential candidacy than is commonly known. While these strategists said they respect Biden, they cited significant disadvantages for his campaign — from the increasingly liberal and non-white Democratic electorate to policy baggage from his years in the Senate and a field of rivals that includes new, fresh-faced candidates.
At 76 years of age – more than three years older than President Trump – if Mr. Biden runs he will be, far and away, the oldest Democrat hopeful in the field.
But, in today’s Democrat Party, age is probably not his greatest impediment.
The fact that Biden is a centrist, thus antithetical to its current leftward-lurching path, makes him a buffoonish anachronism, are you human footnote of history, to a significant segment of what now is the Democrat voter base.
That’s too bad for Joe Biden.
And it is too bad for the country as well, since, if this trend continues, the eventual nominee well be far from the centrist/mainstream candidate needed to retrieve midwestern voters lost in the previous presidential election.
I wonder if he’ll even bother to give it a try.