Joseph R. Biden: The candidate Dems didn’t want but who the country needs
Why Joe Biden is our best chance at getting back to a new sense of normal in the age of almost daily uncertainty.
When Americans went to the polls for the first time on February 3rd, the Democratic party saw the most diverse class of men and women either party has seen in the 240 years since our country’s founding in 1776. So how did Democrats end up with an old white male as the parties candidate?
In the modern age, the Democratic party often prides itself on being the party of diversity and inclusion. This year’s primary races show a perfect example of this with several groups represented in the potential candidates. From moderate to progressive, men to women, White to Black and everyone in between, straight and Queer identifying, the field screamed diversity with the largest field ever in the Democratic primary at 29 potential candidates. However, it was realized that Joe Biden would soon become the favorite after falling behind in the polls with an unprecedented boost from the very people he was running against.
In the span of 24 hours the Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race leaving just five candidates to duke it out. With the absence of Buttigieg and Klobuchar in the March 3rd “Super Tuesday” primary day, Biden won 10 of the 15 states that went to the polls (equating to 698 delegates). This began an almost unstoppable lead that continued to widen as races played out. This lead was expected to get even larger when it was announced shortly after Super Tuesday that the Former Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg and Senator Elizabeth Warren had also decided to call it quits. Once being favored to clinch the nomination, Bernie Sanders also decided to suspend his campaign on April 8th to endorse Joe Biden for President. In just 2 months, the field narrowed from 11 potential candidates to 1.
Now with less than 100 days until election day on November 3rd, the country will have to decide whether or not to continue its course with President Donald Trump or to select a new Commander in Chief that will undoubtedly take the country in a different direction. Biden started out touting a message of getting the country back to normal. With the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, it appears that getting back to normal will be nearly impossible. For this reason, Joe Biden has switched gears allowing several key positions to shift with a recent task force meeting between his and the Sanders campaign to discuss the proper direction to take the country should Democrats win the White House in November. With this change in attitude Biden has quickly become the most progressive candidate ever nominated by the Democratic Party. If Democrats wanted a progressive, why didn’t they just pick one in the primaries?
The short answer is that the environment our country was in just 4 to 5 months ago is dramatically different than what we are experiencing now. It is also entirely likely that Bernie Sanders would have won the party’s nomination if both Klobuchar and Buttigieg had stayed in the race through Super Tuesday as they would have most likely siphoned off voters from Biden as they competed for the moderates of the party. With Buttigieg and Klobuchar out of the way, there was only one choice for moderates to select: Joe Biden. As the story goes, we sit here today with two options: Re-elect President Donald J. Trump or elect Joseph R. Biden as our 46th President. As the days go on, it is beginning to look ever more clear that the latter of the two will happen. Why?
As Trump continues to downplay the effects of the coronavirus, pushes to reopen our nation’s schools for in-person classes, and fails to implement a national strategy such as a mask mandate or widespread testing availability, poll numbers increasingly show Biden ahead on almost every issue, in key battleground states as well as states that shouldn’t even be competitive. According to the RealClearPolitics general election average, Biden currently has a 10 point lead over Trump at 50% to 40% support. That means if the election were to be held today, Trump would face nearly impossible re-election odds. But if 2016 is any indication that polls are unreliable then it is best to wait until the only poll that matters is taken on November 3rd.
6 months ago you could’ve said that our country would be in the midst of a once in a generation pandemic, looming on the edge of a once in a generation financial meltdown, or experiencing a new civil rights movement and you would have probably been laughed at. All three happening at the same time? Now that is something nobody could have predicted. That is why Joe Biden is the candidate that we as a country need right now even if he isn’t the one we necessarily wanted 5 months ago. President Trump has touted his ability to act like a businessman but he shouldn’t be blamed for NOT possessing the skills necessary to manage such a large number of unprecedented crises happening all at once, let alone one at a time. He put that on display in 2016 and yet he was elected to office. We knew what we had paid for.
While Joe Biden may have seen his prospects disappearing in February after the Iowa caucus, it is time for not just the Democratic party, but the nation to realize that what we need to help navigate this crisis is a strong leader who will put the needs of the American people first. Someone who is deserving to lay and sleep at night in The People’s House. Joe Biden is the best chance the United States has at getting back to a new sense of normal in the age of almost daily uncertainty.