Joe Biden Should Not Run for President

With the Democrats deciding who should replace Trump, Biden is not the man for the job

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Joe Biden Should Not Run for President

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Jake Neuffer, Editor-in-Chief

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Joe Biden has not announced candidacy, but it sure looks like he will in the coming weeks. At a speech, crowd members chanted, “Run Joe run!,” to which he responded, “Save it a little longer; I may need it in a few weeks.”

But Joe Biden should not run for President.

Joe Biden is the opposite of what the Democratic party needs right now.  Right now, what the party needs as an anti-Trump.

Firstly, the Democratic base is clearly itching for a more demographically interesting candidate. Looking at the rest of the field, you can already see throngs of diversity: Kamala Harris is a woman, Pete Buttigieg is gay, Corey Booker is black. Even Bernie Sanders, the Socialist septuagenarian, is Jewish. And Joe Biden is… a straight white male. That, in itself, is not a problem. But for candidates that want to present themselves as a cure to Trump’s white supremacy, it will not help.

Secondly, Joe Biden has baggage. Lots and lots of baggage. Biden was instrumental in passing the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act, which was responsible for the explosive expansion of America’s prison system. Not only does this place Biden in a tricky position when it comes to courting black and latino voters, but it also represents a huge moral failing that, while may be a product of the times, is hard to shake.

Additionally, Biden’s involvement in the Anita Hill incident will follow him forever. He was essential in suppressing the voice of sexual assault accuser Anita Hill to protect Judge Clarence Thomas. Now, after the incident with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, Anita Hill is back on everyone’s minds. Biden can’t charm his way out of the mistake, nor can he simply absolve himself of responsibility by owning up to it. In the era of #metoo, the incident is unforgivable.

Democrats want younger candidates like Beto O’rourke and Kamala Harris. They’re more energetic, and they don’t have dirty pasts.

Lastly, Biden is establishment. In the Democratic era of Socialist Bernie Sanders and Green New Deal Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, it is clear that the party cannot return to old politics. Rather, it must transition to new politics. Biden would present himself as the cure to Donald Trump, a return to the normal. But the Democratic Party of now should not be looking for a return to normal. In the era of Trump, where radical and populist messages have proven incredibly powerful, the Democrats can not shy away and grasp for a political dynamic that is slipping away. They should wade in and field a populist candidate of their own.

The Democratic Party is becoming more progressive, riding a wave of anti-Trump excitement. Joe Biden, with his establishment politics, would capture that excitement and kill it.

 

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