Talking about Joe Biden, who I think has stayed one dance too long at the ball. I think Joe your time has past. You do not express the vitality you showed in accepting the VP nomination seven years ago (look at your 2012 acceptance speech) and though the current president may be only one Big Mac short of a heart attack, he looks more vigorous than you (a friend speculates some Botox help).
You look like a guy who wants to rest on your laurels. And everything about you smacks of the past, so the age factor is not simply a matter of vitality, but of world view. A fair account of your long political life would show much to praise, but this is a what-have-you-done-for-us-lately society.
You bring up the past too much, and how close you were to President Obama, being his right hand man. Basically your campaign is “back to normalcy”. Trump wouldn’t have been elected if so many people loved normalcy back then.
I recall a number of friends who voted for Trump, but would have chosen Bernie if they had the choice. They wanted change from whatever corner. I think the desire for trying something different remains. Hard to know to what extent, but my sense is that it is key.
So, Joe what can you come up with in the primary “debate” in a couple of weeks? Is there anything new in your play book? And can you relocate some of that fire from a few years back? Can you make your experience look presidential instead of just old?
P. S. I know, as Trump unravels, “normalcy” might become valued like diamonds, but something more than that seems necessary to win the Democratic nomination. And if Trump and the economy do hold together, i. e. hold their own, offering something new and different might be just what the Democrats need to tip the balance their way.