by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Reports suggest Biden will make his decision by the beginning of next month. But the logic of his candidacy keeps getting more compelling by the day. Here are three reasons why Biden will likely soon announce his entrance into the race.
1.) Hillary is vulnerable
Make no mistake, Hillary Clinton can be beaten in the primary.
Yes, polls show she is leading the Democratic field by a wide margin. But take a closer look at some of these polls, particularly in swing states, and serious problems emerge about her standing in the general election. …
… 2.) There’s no obvious alternative to Hillary in the Democratic race yet
If there was an obvious alternative to Hillary, perhaps it would make sense for Joe Biden to sit this one out. But there’s not.
Hillary’s strongest challenger right now is a 73-year old avowed socialist. While Bernie Sanders energizes the liberal base of the Democratic Party, can he really win the nomination? Even with how far left the Democratic Party has moved, it’s hard to imagine. …
… 3.) His son’s death
In May, Biden suddenly lost his son Beau to brain cancer. Whatever you think of Joe Biden, from all accounts, he was a devoted father. The loss of his eldest son is surely devastating.
People deal with loss in all different ways, but you have to imagine Biden is trying to keep busy in order to avoid wallowing in the pain — and there are few things that would keep you busier than a presidential run.
What’s more, there are reports that his son was pushing him to run for president before he died. If that’s true, it would give a run even more meaning for Biden.