The Editorial Staff
The Democratic nomination is officially up for grabs. For nearly three years, the American people were told that Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, was going to walk uncontested into the Oval Office as the first female president of the U.S.
That calculation appears to be dead wrong.
According to a pair of recent polls, Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, has jumped into the lead in the critical first primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Just a mere two months ago, this result would have been unthinkable.
It’s obvious to us that Clinton’s troubles with her email server, possible illegal handling of classified documents, consistent callousness on the campaign trail and pathetically limited availability to the press have finally started to take their toll.
To every Democrat and, frankly, every American, this sequence of events should be deeply concerning. Any sensible person knows that Bernie Sanders, despite his personal popularity and endearing qualities, is not going to be elected president of the U.S. The fact of the matter is that this country is more ready for Donald Trump than democratic socialism — that says a lot.
So, the fact that Clinton is losing to an unelectable socialist should be proof that the Democratic Party needs a viable alternative. The tough reality is that the other declared candidates — Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee — are barely registering in the polls and pose no serious threat to the former secretary.
This brings us to the big donkey in the room, Vice President Joe Biden.
Joe Biden is an unabashed liberal champion who has served in Washington since 1972. Under normal circumstances, his age and status as a Washington-insider are immediate strikes against him in the contest.
But, since he would be running against Clinton, these strikes would be rendered null and void. Clinton, after all, has an age issue of her own and is perceived as the ultimate Washington-insider, skilled in the darker arts of politics.
Certainly, we’re all aware of the heartbreaking circumstances of the death of the vice president’s son, Beau Biden. While it’s well-known that Beau’s dying wish was for his father to run for president against Clinton, we all understand his reluctance to enter such an emotionally rigorous contest.
With that being said, this editorial staff would like to offer our own encouragement to the vice president to make a run for the top job.
Biden is a long-time champion of blue-collar workers, a pragmatic legislative operator, an experienced statesman and a man with tremendous relationships on both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C.
It’s no secret that Biden has served as President Obama’s chief negotiator with the notoriously difficult Republican leaders in Congress.
In fact, the reason Biden is tasked with such a job is that his likeability often transcends political differences and results in a workable compromise that moves the country forward.
And, come to think of it, it’s hard to name a more politically-savvy politician than Joe Biden.
Biden, however, is not viewed as being savvy. In all honesty, he’s typically labeled as a gaffe-prone buffoon. But, in today’s political age, this is precisely what people are looking for.
The American voters desperately want an authentic human being that wears his emotions on his sleeve and means what he says. Biden has epitomized this image for decades.
More than that, Biden is a happy-warrior that speaks optimistically about the hopes and dreams of the American people. In all honesty, he’s just your typical Uncle Joe who loves to crack a few jokes, talk politics and then give you a hug.
Obviously, members of this editorial staff have problems with Biden’s record. He is still an economic progressive, with socially liberal views that run counter to a large segment of the American voter base.
Yet, none of us can disagree on a simple point: Joe Biden is a good man, who would pour his heart and soul into the office of the presidency.
So, we believe that Democrats deserve a real choice this election season, and Joe Biden is the man to do it.