Well, the time is arriving fast. Former Vice President Joe Biden is about 95 percent certain that he’ll toss his hat into the 2020 ring. This will be the Delaware Democrat’s third bite at the apple concerning running for president. His 1988 bid was torpedoed by a plagiarism claim. His 2008 bid wasn’t successfully either, getting clipped by Obama and Clinton show that sucked up all the oxygen in the field. In 2020, the field is going to be insanely crowded with Democrats with little to no name recognition. And those who have it are either too inexperienced, too left wing, or aren’t seen as legitimate presidential contenders. People may know and like Cory Booker, but support him for president? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden are the only three candidates that have national constituencies. But it’s still early.
What we do know is that this could be one of the biggest clown shows in recent memory, a gauge into whether the swings to the left have been truly consolidated with Democrats or if pragmatism will make a comeback and win out. Biden’s crew said that he’ll make a decision by January of 2019. It seems it took a bit longer, but he’s pretty much there concerning another run. The question is will be able to handle the inevitable left-wing onslaught from progressives. It’s going to be nasty. These people need someone who will stop the cows from farting. Is Biden that guy (via The Hill):
“It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in,” said one source with direct knowledge of the would-be campaign’s moves, adding that Biden is “95 percent there.”
In recent days, Biden has sought to build support from grass-roots activists and is specifically asking donors for their help in the lead-up to an announcement, according to sources.
In phone conversations, Biden has been making the case for why he’d be the best candidate in what is already a crowded field.
“Here are the facts: He’s coming off a great midterm,” said Robert Wolf, the Democratic mega-donor who confirmed he spoke to Biden on a 25-minute call on Wednesday.
“He has been the most popular surrogate during the midterms and one of the only surrogates that can play in all 50 states, and that has given him a lot of confidence that he can do well in a national election," Wolf said.
In a Monmouth University poll released on Feb. 4, Biden won 29 percent support compared to 16 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who also has not decided on whether to run for the White House.
Candidates who have jumped into the race trailed both Biden and Sanders: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) won 11 percent support while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took 8 percent.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who is also thinking about entering the race, took 7 percent.
The 2020 field is about to get more crowded.