Joe Biden poised to hijack newscycle at time when Mueller report should be focus. https://t.co/UCgICqHzcD
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 19, 2019
Per the Washington Post, Tuesday:
Former vice president Joe Biden is planning to enter the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, nearly finalizing the crowded field of Democrats with a candidacy that will test many of the questions coursing through the party.
Biden is expected to make the announcement in a video, according to a source close to him, which will be followed by a trip Monday to a union hall in Pittsburgh.
One of the first events for the campaign will be a high-dollar fundraiser Thursday night, sponsored by a group of supporters including Comcast senior executive vice president David L. Cohen. Biden over the next week or so is expected to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Biden will enter the race in an unfamiliar position, generally at the top of polls nationally and in early states, following campaigns in 1988 and 2008 that ended in failure. His challenge this time will be to wrestle control of a party that has been energized by many demographics to which Biden does not belong — liberals, millennials, women and minorities.
But it is also a party that is consumed, above all else, with trying to defeat President Trump, and Biden is planning to make the case that he is best positioned to win back key blue-collar swing voters in states that Trump carried in 2016…
… [I]n a field suffused with new faces and a broad spread of experience, he is either the elder statesman or the old-school politician past his prime. His references tend to skew older, with quotations from Adlai Stevenson and decades-old war stories about the Senate. The 76-year-old has been in elected office longer than some of his rivals have been alive…
Although Obama is not planning to make an endorsement, he has talked about trying to encourage the next generation of political leadership, one pointedly younger than his vice president…
To be honest, this is one of the major reasons I think Biden can’t win. Yes, President Obama has always been (perhaps too) scrupulously removed from intraparty partisanship, but his failure to show any enthusiasm for the man who was his Number Two for eight years is going to be used as an argument against Biden, regardless.
At this point, it’s probably too late to hope that Uncle Joe will finally catch a clue and announce he’s not running after all… but his nascent campaign is careening around to the point where normal Democratic voters are going to be unpleasantly reminded of having to persuade a beloved family member that they’re not really up to driving at night any more. Much less of driving in the political equivalent of the Indy 500!
A room of consultants trying to decide between the site of a murder and the place from Rocky like they're choosing between paint palettes at Home Depot https://t.co/hfX5KPGFTy
— Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu) April 19, 2019
Biden and O’Rourke are very different candidates, but man the one-month O’Rourke media journey — from New Bobby Kennedy to Apologizing Guy Who Stands on Tables — should give the Bidenverse some shivers.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 23, 2019
That the most recent 2-term VP of the party couldn’t prevent nearly every other major figure in it from running is quite a commentary on how the party views Biden differently from how it viewed Clinton.
— David Darmofal (@david_darmofal) April 22, 2019
Wow this 30 yr old clip of Biden saying nice things about Barr (that Glenn Greenwald pulled out to whatabout his own support for Barr's actions in the present moment) proves…..something. https://t.co/zKTWHGKnXE
— Centrism Fan Acct ?? (@Wilson__Valdez) April 22, 2019