Former Vice President Joe Biden Announces 2020 Presidential Run
The official announcement breaks some notable differences between Biden and the other Democratic candidates
4/26/19, 6:48 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from MySunCoast
After months of teasing, former Vice President Joe Biden has officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 presidential election. In the announcement video, posted above, Obama’s BFF touts the election as the ‘battle for the soul of this nation’, and frames Trump as the leader of the apocalypse hellbent on driving the world into chaos (albeit a little less fear-mongering than his counterparts).
His announcement video is actually pretty light, though it does make a big deal of the 2017 Charlottesville event. Biden also clamors for the idea that America’s founding was a good thing #Omg, and that its core values (equality, republican democracy, etc.) are things to be preserved rather than destroyed, something exceedingly rare amongst a party landscape increasingly engaged in vied extremism and radicalism as the answer to how to blame the world’s problems on something other than myself (link not completely symbolic).
Also missing are any allusions to gay or black people (#LikeOMFUCKINGG), but that’s beside the point. At three and a half minutes, the video clearly shows Biden taking a path no one else in the Democratic primary can apparently even see (outside of Andrew Yang, of course (Yaaaaaaaaaannnnnnggggggg!)):
The path of moderation.
On Monday: Bernie Sanders said that he supports giving the Boston marathon bomber the right to vote (three people were killed in the Boston marathon bombing in 2013 (including an eight-year-old boy), and hundreds more were injured, including sixteen who lost limbs). Elizabeth Warren recently made proposals for completely free college (with no comment on trade schools or the trials of entrepreneurship), and Kamala Harris said that she would use executive action to ‘pass reasonable gun safety laws’ if ‘congress fails to act’ within her first 100 days as president (what happened to ‘safe, legal, and rare’??). A number of Sanders supporters have said that if their candidate doesn’t win the primary (that being Sanders), they’re voting for Trump in 2020. Beto O’Rourke has yet to prove he has any thoughts at all, and Cory Booker recently promised a female running mate if he gets the nomination (if you want to make the case that there’s a connection between gender and ‘thought process’ (with ‘gender’ being a prerequisite for all thought given that people are assigned some gender, or at least some basic conception of it, before they’re able to think, strictly epistemologically-speaking (though with perhaps a bit of child psychology)), fine, but to assume that simply because someone has a certain set of genitals–and because it’s possible that I can quantify people into categories, one of which is based on that ‘genital’ differentiation, i can judge people based solely on that qualification outside of thought /> thought is essentially irrelevant in light of the ‘facts’–promising a ‘woman’ running mate despite no other qualifications, is populist at best, and sexist at worst). While none of this Absolutely spells doom for the Dems in 19 months, it will certainly make for an interesting time until then. In fact: considering how boring politics has been since 2016, the timing really couldn’t have been better.
Personal-take warning (which I never do): I’m torn: I find everyone running right now to be totally full of shit (totally?), but, then again, I don’t think any of these people can beat Trump anyway (aside from… Yang? #FuckNoHesChinese). Trump just hasn’t done enough to really hurt that many people, juxtaposed against the good things he’s done. In addition: outside of Biden (ish), Yang, and maybe Pete Buttigieg, Trump would wipe the floor with any of these people in a debate, if for any reason because the Dems are clearly intent on making this election exactly what Trump would want: one based on personality and media attention rather than policy or the general success of Trump’s presidency so far (including his ability, or inability, to unite the country). The majority of Americans potentially classified as ‘liberal’ voters are just not that interested in the partisan rhetoric and the radical proposals currently being touted out by the majority of these candidates. The real world is not Twitter. Trump used to be a Democrat, and there is an argument to be made that even now, he tends to lean liberal on a number of issues (ish). It’s amazing to watch as these people strive to prove that they’re somehow part of a different party now in the years since Trump was elected, all because Trump came and proved that even a guy as skilled as he is in the art of manipulation can still actually be, and not just come off as, honest.
Actually, the Dems are quite different now…
They have no idea who they are or ever were.
If they did, at the very least the questions already being raised by conservatives regarding Biden’s candidacy wouldn’t have any merit. His announcement video is actually quite conservative, if you watch it closely, and while his attacks on Trump are affective, they don’t come off as angry and partisan as several others’. In a primary where anger and resentment seemingly run everything anymore (the first time?), the fact that Biden is trying to be more of a moderate is a blow in fact, even though it would help him out greatly in the general election. ‘Liberals’ in Twitter don’t care about the general election, or anything else not exactly aligned with their specific beliefs /> they care about yelling and screaming and forcing those in power to bow down to their will like good housewives (*Joke (sorry)). While Trump is not exactly the most liked president in history, he’s not the most disliked either, and most people not 100% ‘liberal’ are terrified by some of the things these Democratic candidates are saying right now. In this environment: Biden’s actually something of a breath of fresh air.
But he’s not really.
Biden’s had a long career. In it: he’s never managed to be much more than your average politician but Obama’s wing-man, and he’s never mustered any more passion in anyone than the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct (ouch). He’s said so many stupid things that he’s garnered the reputation as a ‘gaff-machine’, and he’s already got people calling out his authenticity/honesty not three hours after announcing his candidacy: after his campaign announced yesterday (I’m sure the timing is just coincidence) that he called Anita Hill within the past month to ‘apologize’ for not ‘believing’ her in her 1991 accusations of then-supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas, Hill yesterday said that the conversation was disappointing, that she couldn’t support Biden for president, and that Biden should “give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw." Hill should probably head back to the 90s, as everyone nowadays loves the guy who sounds and acts like your crazy old grandpa high on quaaludes hitting on his granddaughters with boxed wine the night before thanksgiving.
I kid, I kid /> but I don’t #NoWaaay. Biden likely has the best chance of any of the Democratic contenders, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t right to call him out for his bullshit. The fact that we’ve all apparently forgotten so quickly those accusations is evident of the fact that when push comes to shove: no one really cares about any of that. And why should they? Me Too is about rape (and rape alone) not anything deeper than that, and it’s not like Biden raped anyone… Hell, if I were a father and had to stand idly by while the Vice President of the United States strenuously molested my ten-year-old daughter’s head like a wet grapefruit, I’d be honored, with the fact that even if I were offended by what he was doing I wouldn’t be able to say anything as he’s the Vice President of the United states granulating my daughter’s head like a basketball for several minutes so far from my mind, Biden could grab her by the pussy and I wouldn’t even flinch (!). These are powerful people we’re talking about. They couldn’t be ‘powerful’ if they weren’t ‘smart’, or didn’t at the very least want the very best for me and my family…
For those of us hoping for at least not the same exact thing as 2016, our dreams seem to drift farther every day, but if we play our cards right, maybe it won’t be so bad. If Biden beats Trump in 2020… well, at least that’s better than any of these other nut-jobs getting elected. And if he doesn’t: maybe people will actually start thinking for themselves for the first time, like, ever, and not just bowing down to politicians and partisan rhetoric as though thought were anything different than being entertained, at bottom.