Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 runBy JOSH LEDERMAN1 hour agoWASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.Biden also expressed interest in bringing those in the room onto his team if he decides to launch a campaign.
Biden is reportedly considering the campaign slogan: “Joe Is the One and Only: A Democrat and
a Normal White Guy.”
Biden will turn 78 a couple of weeks after the 2020 election.
Do the Democrats have a shortage of white politicians below 70? It sure seems that way among California politicians. For example, the Dems’ House leader Nancy Pelosi will be 78 next month. Jerry Brown will turn 80 in April. Senator Diane Feinstein is running for a sixth term in 2018, when she will be 85 on election day.
This seems like one of the more overlooked aspects of why the Democrats have become such extremists on immigration: since the newcomers and their children aren’t all that politically talented on average (with the exception of the occasional specially-bred hybrid rarity like Obama or Kamala), they provide votes but relatively few challenges to senior white Democrats, who wind up staying in office forever. What’s not to like about this if you are an elderly white Democratic bigshot?