For all the talk about how Donald Trump is a modern day Archie Bunker, Joe Biden seems to be giving him some competition for the title. If Trump is the bigoted Archie who was featured in the early seasons of All In The Family, Biden is the well-meaning but ineffectual and behind-the-times Archie of Archie Bunker’s Place.
Ever since Biden announced that he would be running for President in 2020, I’ve been struck but how much he’s aged over just the last four years. Biden will be 77 for most of 2020 (his 78th birthday will fall two weeks after the election) and right now, the only thing that makes him seem young is comparing him to Bernie Sanders.
For all the talk of Biden being a master politician, his campaign so far has reminded me of this:
And yet, for now, Biden has a commanding lead in all of the polls. He not only leads in Democratic primary polls but also in most general election polling. He’s viewed as being the most electable candidate and I think many people feel that they can tolerate four years of Biden doddering around the White House if it means getting rid of Trump.
I think that may be wishful thinking, though. Joe Biden has always been an overrated campaigner and there’s a reason why his previous two presidential campaigns crashed and burned. Biden was gaffe-prone even before he became eligible for social security. It’s hard to believe that, in his twilight years, Biden has suddenly become the brilliant campaigner that some are portraying him as being.
Myself, I don’t see Biden as being a strong candidate down the road. He’s likable but he’s not inspiring and his age isn’t helping. It’s been a while since he’s really had to fight to win an election, which is something that was fully on display in his previous debate performances. If you can’t handle Kamala Harris without the help of Tulsi Gabbard, how are you going to handle Donald Trump? Of course, Trump is an opponent who is uniquely capable of self-destructing but, if I was a Democratic primary voter, I would be looking at Joe Biden right now and asking, “That’s it?”