I’ve read a few stories about Joe Biden in 2020 recently, and it seems like he’s seriously considering a 2020 run. The stories I’ve read in the past day or so say he and his team are considering some outside-the-box approaches to the campaign, including announcing his candidacy with a running mate by his side. (Presumably a younger female candidate, to balance his age and white masculinity).
From Politico: Team Biden considers far-out options to take on Trump in 2020 (3/9/2018)
Emphasis mine, cuz this is the meat of my thread. Now granted, these are just aides talking outside-the-box to the press at this point. But I have to believe Old Joe, who wants the presidency like a fat kid wants brownies, doesn’t let things like this “leak” from his aides without his say so. He’s too savvy for that. Call this a trial balloon.
From the WP conservative blog: Here’s how we know Joe Biden is serious about 2020 (3/8/2018)
To counter these two stories, there’s another WP blog post that calls many of those ideas, including the early announcement of a running mate, “not good ones.” Regarding the running mate idea:
To counter that last argument: Who gives a shit about true drama? In 2020, we’ll most-likely already know who the GOP ticket is at that point (Trump/Pence), so they won’t be benefiting off any summertime drama. And I really don’t think most Americans who hate Trump want to be surprised by a bad pick by the Dems at that point.
We’ve entered a completely unconventional time in our nation’s politics…and even our nation’s history. We need to right the ship and get things back to normal, but I wouldn’t be opposed to some outside-the-box approaches to getting there.
I’ve been singing the song of how important it is for the Dems to hit on basically all of these marks on their 2020 presidential ticket:
No single candidate could check off all of those, but, with a running mate, you could. If someone like Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or an outsider like AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka or Retired Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven, found someone who could fill in some of the demographic and experience gaps, they could bust out of the gate in a whole new way: as a completely-balanced team.
Sure, we’ve never done this before, but there’s a lot of shit happening we haven’t done before. There was a time when presidential candidates didn’t pick running mates either; the general election loser was just the Veep. Maybe one presidential candidate selecting a running mate at the onset will give him or her a leg up, and maybe this will change the way we do things in the future. I mean, honestly, the person we usually elect as Veep is an add-on, an after-thought, yet this person could very well be our president someday. What would be so bad about them going through the primary process right along with the top of the ticket?