Joe is understandably deliberating more cautiously because of the loss of his son Beau, but as we witnessed with his appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the bright spot we have seen from this tragedy is it has shined a light on Joe’s incredible heart and how special the family he raised is. And Draft Biden’s new videos (above and below) exemplify how this translates to his commitment to focusing on what matters...that means treating politics with integrity and not like its a game especially when millions of lives are in the balance.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg, as in a election being ruled by “authenticity” there isn’t anyone as authentic as Joe Biden in terms of his passion and honesty.
He can still provide Democratic Primary voters like myself with kind of a “Goldilocks” scenario this campaign season. Think Bernie is too hot and Hillary is too cold? Maybe Joe is for you.
Regardless of their strengths, Bernie is positioned as a Socialist fighting the “Billionaire Class” and Hillary is positioned as a Partisan Democrat fighting the entire Republican Party…..but most Democrats are interested in neither. They’re interested in working with EVERYONE to get things done and taking the high road with our opponents like President Obama did to show he was a pragmatic leader who was above the behavior of his reckless adversaries.
Joe’s work on the Economic Recovery Act, congressional budget negotiations and other special assignments have proved that he is both an effective deal maker and very competent at governing...but he’s not afraid of stepping out front on issues like with the Violence Against Women Act and Marriage Equality either.
I would say that for those of us who still want #fourmoreyears the candidacy of President Obama’s loyal Vice President could be a great way to maintain the values and overall continuity for one of the most successful Democratic Administration’s in history.
Both establishment and progressive activist types tend to be fans of Joe...and hence will both have an electable alternatives in mind besides their current flag bearers if they want a choice.
Hence, his popularity numbers are better than any Democratic candidate and he generally performs better than any Democrat against the Republican field in general election match-ups.
Most importantly though, I hope Joe’s unique talents can translate to rebuilding a Democratic Party that was devastated in 2010 and lost further ground on both the congressional, state and local levels again in 2014. I don't think either front runner would make such a commitment or be able to make it happen.
Joe has discussed the importance of getting rid of money in politics but he could be part of the solution because he is a unifying force who understands that this is a People Business not just a Money Business. He could be the proper messenger to remind us that “Yes We Can” move forward our Movement of Hope and Change and can create a new era of increased civic engagement in the process as we all believed would happen in 2008.
It goes without saying that Joe’s optimism about the future, love of citizenship and belief in service to our country of all kinds are some of his greatest strengths….especially inspired by the selfless duty of Beau in Iraq.
I am not endorsing Joe Biden for President quite yet since his campaign has not begun and we haven’t seen how much he has learned from his previous runs in how to translate his skills to leading a national campaign but I have a hunch that when he participates in his first debate we will be truly glad we have another choice.
Join me in asking Joe to RUN. Sign the petition and let him know on facebook and twitter before your work day ends this week so he hears from some more voices.
Jim McBride, Forward Progressive