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Joe Biden Aides To Politico: Itís On In 2020 ó But Not 2024
Hotair ^ | 03/09/2018 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/09/2018 9:49:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Will Democrats really get behind a do-over in 2020? Many have speculated that a late substitution of Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton might have saved the White House for Democrats in 2016, and at the very least it’s tough to argue that they could have done worse. Biden, for instance, would have known to campaign in the blue-wall states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and would have been better positioned to connect with working-class Americans outside the urban-coastal progressive bubbles.

The Democratic Party, however, wants to double down on those progressive bubbles in the future, so Politico reports that Biden’s aides are working on an unusual primary pitch. How about one term of Joe Biden as a “reset” president, in which he adds a young progressive to the ticket for 2024?

Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them.

On the list: announcing his candidacy either really early or really late in the primary process so that he’d define the field around him or let it define itself before scrambling the field; skipping Iowa and New Hampshire and going straight to South Carolina, where he has always had a strong base of support; announcing a running mate right out of the gate and possibly picking one from outside of politics; and making a pitch that he can be a bridge not just to disaffected Democrats, but to Republicans revolting against President Donald Trump.

They’ve also discussed an idea some donors and supporters have been pitching Biden on directly for months: kick off by announcing that he’d only run for one term. One person who’s pitched the idea said Biden would try to sell voters on “a reset presidency.” The former vice president would pick a younger Democratic running mate and argue that he’d be the elder statesman to get the country and government back in order post-Trump and be the bridge to the next generation.

Well, that might be more of a recognition of reality than a self-sacrificing offer. Biden is 75 years old now and would turn 78 less than three weeks after the election in 2020. That would make him by far the oldest man to win a first term as president, and he’d be 82 for any re-election possibilities. Put that together with the fact that Biden has been in Washington perhaps as long as millennials’ parents have been alive, and that’s not exactly an attractive look for an eight-year commitment.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin is sold on the idea of a one-term Biden administration, and believes Biden’s serious about the campaign:

The objections to his candidacy are familiar. He’s old. He’s a little goofy. He’s a tad too “handsy” in the #MeToo era. But seriously, is there a single Democrat who could, in a large field, immediately command a big plurality, if not a majority, of the vote? He surely has the staff, the fundraising ability and, it seems, the energy and drive to run for at least one term. And if he is up against President Trump — who is only 4 years younger and looks much less fit than Biden — age, goofiness and his treatment of women will be much more problematic for the incumbent president than they will for the challenger.

Whatever you think of Biden’s politics, he does have the presence to stand up to Trump and to throw a punch or two of his own. Although there is a serious downside in running as a one-term candidate, Biden might embrace that option, present himself as being there to perform triage and get American democracy back on its feet before handing it off to the next generation. To the last point, he could distinguish himself upfront by selecting a younger running mate, most likely a woman and/or a minority. Could he persuade, say, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate — with the obvious opportunity to run for president on her own in 2024?

Critics will say it is a sad commentary on the Democratic Party that it must rely on a septuagenarian to bring it back from the wilderness. Perhaps, but that is essentially what 69-year-old Ronald Reagan did in 1980 when he rode to victory for the Republican Party. Yes, Biden is no Reagan, but he could provide a bridge between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton factions, and between one generation of Democrats and another.

Old and handsy in the age of #MeToo? Sign us up! Truly nothing will say Democrats are “with it” like Uncle Joe creeping on young women at campaign events. That’s a strange choice to make for a campaign that will undoubtedly take aim at Donald Trump for allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Wouldn’t that be the political equivalent of putting the author of Romneycare on the ticket to run against the author of ObamaCare, regardless of all the other virtues that might carry with it? And not to beat a dead horse here, but Reagan didn’t spend 50 years in Washington before running for president, either.

The activity around Biden does show a level of seriousness about the effort, and Republicans should not sell the possibility short. It’s easy to make fun of Biden’s gaffes and point out his swamp credentials, but he does a much better job making those emotional connections outside the progressive bubbles than nearly every other Democrat with national standing at this point. His biggest competitors come from deep-blue states and have not shown any kind of resonance outside deep-blue areas. However, if Democrats were smart, they wouldn’t be looking at a rerun of Biden but someone like Phil Bredesen in Tennessee, who has proven his ability to win in redder areas of the country. He’s only a year younger than Biden, so he’s not the most practical choice, but he’s a good model of the kind of candidate Democrats should be recruiting rather than trying a recycling project like Biden.



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KEYWORDS: 2020demprimary; biden2020; elections; joebiden; potus
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I personally think the Dems will eventually try to replicate the success of Obama by nominating:

1) A Black person

and to add a double threat

2) A Woman

So, this means Kamala Harris or Oprah or Michelle Obama will be their nominee to meet criteria 1 and 2.

Otherwise, the next best person they think will meet their criteria would be Corey Booker.

1 posted on 03/09/2018 9:49:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Kamala is as dumb as a box of rocks and will get steamrolled by Pres Trump.

Oprah isn’t serious about running.

And Michelle Obama doesn’t meet criterion #2.


2 posted on 03/09/2018 9:53:18 AM PST by ObozoMustGo2012 ("Be quiet... you are #fakenews!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Run Slow Joe!!! Let’s see, he ran in 1988 and had to drop out before the first primary - seems he had ethics issues.

Then, he ran in 2008 and dropped out after 5th (!!!) in Iowa.

Oh ya, run Slow Joe - the dullest, dim-witted tool in the box.


3 posted on 03/09/2018 9:54:40 AM PST by rigelkentaurus
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To: SeekAndFind

I sometimes almost feel sorry for the Democrats, for what Clinton H did to the party.


4 posted on 03/09/2018 9:56:43 AM PST by babble-on
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah. Let’s have Joe run and spin it as a “do over.” That’ll fire up the Dem base. From a guy who first ran for president in 1988.


5 posted on 03/09/2018 9:59:17 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: babble-on

Wha hoppen to all those “stories” bout his head?
Matter of fact, lotta stoies of all sorts seems to have diappeared L8Lee???
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6 posted on 03/09/2018 10:01:47 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Joe Biden Aides To Politico: It’s On In 2020

Great. The perennial little girl groper will be the ideal dem candidate for Trump to crush.


7 posted on 03/09/2018 10:03:09 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve heard that with the liberal preoccupation with identity, that the Kerry/Edwards ticket of 2004, is going to be the last president/vice president ticket for Democrats, with two white men.


8 posted on 03/09/2018 10:04:00 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

Joe Biden, Vice President of the most corrupt administration in history. That will go over big with the voters. Joe what did you know and when did you know it?


9 posted on 03/09/2018 10:04:13 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: SeekAndFind
So the Dems want to run a guy who continually puts his foot in his mouth and who can't keep his hands off little girls. Smart move.
10 posted on 03/09/2018 10:05:20 AM PST by NutsOnYew (If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I hope DJT meets with the fat psychopath in NK and offers him carrots *and* sticks."You come to your senses and I promise you,your family and top pals sanctuary in China and billions transferred to your personal accounts in Switzerland.Otherwise,I promise you a dozen attack subs,positioned 100 miles off your coast,unloading everything they have on you".

Doing so will either cause him to see the light or to cause one of his aides (or relatives) putting a bullet in his head.

Then,DJT takes the title of "Greatest President in 100 years".

And then the Rats will be *truly* fresh outta luck.

11 posted on 03/09/2018 10:06:09 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama & Hillary: The Two Most Corrupt Politicians of My Lifetime.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A black transsexual Muslim would capture the hardcore Democrat vote. If xe is into Satanism as well, so much the better.


12 posted on 03/09/2018 10:06:58 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re looking for a throwaway candidate for 2020.
Someone that has nothing to lose when they lose.
They’ll save the ineligible Ms. Harris for 2024.


13 posted on 03/09/2018 10:08:27 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Biden with Harris as VP makes some sense. The Dems know a black woman will never beat Trump in the rust belt. Biden is a phony but his shtick will play there.


14 posted on 03/09/2018 10:10:40 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Don’t forget a blind, hunchback midget with a club foot.


15 posted on 03/09/2018 10:12:35 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: SeekAndFind

while a used orange juice tin (thanks, Levin) could have run better than HilLIARy (and with a ton less corruption baggage), I think SorozNazi and his evil cabal of puppet-meisters will put someone on the 2020 D ticket with a far, far better chance of winning ... after all, old Nazi Soreass is already well past his recall date (he’s only still haunting the living because his direct supervisor, Satan, doesn’t want him polluting Hell)

Oprah has a large, favorable following and as long as she avoided any substantive political discourse, she could garner a lot of votes. And, as has been noted, she fulfills most of the commie leftist requirements...black, female (yes, she’d probably have to say she’s a lesbo to get the D nomination?)

the only thing about Oprah is that she’s so wealthy SorozNazi and his middle-eastern Muslim dictator bff’s may be unable to control him like, say, Obama

and control is a big part of their game...so...it could be back to....Fake Injun Squaw? Maybe put Al Sharpton on the ticket with her? or? /s


16 posted on 03/09/2018 10:14:23 AM PST by faithhopecharity ("Politicans aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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To: SeekAndFind

CREEPY Joe Biden
17 posted on 03/09/2018 10:15:55 AM PST by Alas Babylon! (Keep fighting the Left and their Fake News!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Go slo-joe!


18 posted on 03/09/2018 10:16:42 AM PST by Rebelbase ( Hillary, DNC, DOJ and FBI colluded with a British National to influence the 2016 Pres. election)
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To: rigelkentaurus
After living through the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings and reading his autobiography “ My Grandfather's Son”, I know all I need to know about the back stabbing loudmouth blowhard (even outdoing his Democrat Colleague Senator Howard Metzenbaum for nastiness), who went from College - Law School-Politics for over 50 years with neither integrity or credibility to be an effective leader.

Say no to Shotgun Joe!!!

19 posted on 03/09/2018 10:18:41 AM PST by wmileo
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I would love to see Joe’s home protection method in his own words...”you get yourself a double barreled shot gun and you fire both barrels into the air...” in a republican campaign ad.

Possibly the dumbest person to ever run for President.


20 posted on 03/09/2018 10:20:02 AM PST by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
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