According to recent reports, former President Barack Obama warned Democratic strategists that his vice president, Joe Biden, was a potential problem for the party’s 2020 White House aspirations.
Politico reported that at least one aide outed the former president as having no faith in his running mate.
“One Democrat who spoke to Obama recalled the former president warning, ‘Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.’ Speaking of his own waning understanding of today’s Democratic electorate, especially in Iowa, Obama told one 2020 candidate: And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
A similar opinion was voiced in The New York Times last year when they reported that Obama told Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” and added that he ordered officials from Biden’s campaign to make sure that Biden didn’t “embarrass himself” or “damage his legacy” during the 2020 presidential campaign.
In addition to those two publications, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that an official from the Obama-Biden administration told him “Biden’s strength has never been his clarity of message or his delivery. But watching his long, winding answers that don’t really make sense in recent debates has also raised the question as to whether that has gotten worse and whether he is up for this.”
Biden pulled ahead of a crowded Democratic field of contenders to take up what is assumed to be the nomination for his long time party.
Prior to serving as VP to the 44th president of the United States, Biden has had a lengthy career in politics, which began in 1973. During his almost 50 years in public service, the 77-year-old Delaware native has served in the Senate with great success, chairing several committees before running alongside Obama. Alongside second wife Jill Biden, the would-be president has amassed a net worth estimated to be around $9 million.
The former senator’s age and name recognition turned out to be a good choice for the young and fairly new Obama who succeeded in winning two terms in office. However, questions about Biden’s performance began to follow him while in office.
Conservatives now, however, have raised the question of why the DNC would back Biden after both voters and the president he served with consider him to be a liability. Especially considering there were multiple progressive darlings running against him, such as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Corey Booker that could have drawn in significant progressive support.
It seems worth considering that Democrats could be overlooking what is at best a suspicious past with women and seemingly declining cognitive state to once again trade on the former vice president’s substantial name recognition and use his multi-decade history in politics as a trojan horse to move in the candidate they actually wanted.
In Biden’s case, California Sen. Kamala Harris was a candidate that couldn’t gain the necessary traction to actually win the candidacy but is pulling in some substantial attention from those looking for a younger and less whitewashed presidential ticket. Not to mention filling the qualifications in the push to make sure there are more women in positions of power in Washington.
Conservatives are concerned that Biden might be quickly dispatched with so that the far-left progressive Harris can be quickly installed in the Oval Office after it’s discovered that Biden is either ineligible due to mental incompetence or unable physically to execute the office of president.
Of course, this is unlikely to be something that Republicans can prove, but common sense would dictate that free-thinking Americans ask how long it will take a party nominee with as many misspeaks as Biden to be deemed ineligible for office. At which point the people would be left with an aggressively leftist politician that couldn’t hack it in even her party’s nomination process.