Jewish World Review August 21, 2013/ 15 Elul, 5773
Run, Joe Biden run!
By Jonah Goldberg
Not counting rumors that
On Monday, the
Why is this happening?
It's a difficult question to boil down to a single variable, given the swirling maelstrom of egos, agendas and issues at play. Still, one answer does seem to cover the waterfront: because ours is a just and generous G0D. From my admittedly selfish perspective, a Biden candidacy would be great for everybody -- and by everybody I mean people who would like to see the
Indeed, while most of the punditocracy is obsessed with turning the mostly trivial sniping between
The important distinction between the
Almost all of the
Ask a loyalist why Clinton should be the nominee or president, and the response invariably boils down to some claim that she "deserves" it: She's a woman! She put up with so much! It's her turn!
The case for Biden also often boils down to entitlement: He's been around a long time; he's the vice president so it's his turn; what else are you gonna do with him?
Both Clinton and Biden would run as Obama loyalists. That'll be great with the base, particularly the all-important African-American bloc. But it assumes that Obama's marginal popularity extends to a general election, where independents matter. Republicans will be giddy to watch Clinton and Biden duke it out over who is the more deserving heir to stagnating wages, the Obamacare debacle and waning global prestige.
But here's the really fun part: Biden has a good shot at playing the spoiler. Because there's a fact that Biden's detractors and Clinton's groupies are loath to acknowledge: Biden is the much better politician. It's not that Biden is a fantastic politician; it's that Clinton is a very boring one.
But that's not all. Vice presidents have a terrible record of getting elected to the Oval Office on their own.
I'd be stunned if Biden actually beat Clinton in the primaries, but he doesn't need to win to ruin things for her. Simply by running, Biden would contest Clinton's claim of entitlement and light a match on the Hindenburg that is her "inevitability." He would encourage others from outside the establishment to run against them both as a pair of old-guard retreads who want the presidency out of a sense of entitlement.
And that has the makings of a divine comedy.
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