Creepy Uncle Joe Biden has entered the race for President. Last week, the 78-year-old former Vice President decided to enter the crowded Democratic field, and instantly became the front runner, despite his growing reputation as a handsy old man. So why would someone that many people would deem irrelevant be leading right now against younger, more progressive candidates like Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke? Because even though he has an increasingly negative personal record, people still like how he has moderate policies and years of experience. Biden still has not taken a stance on major issues like universal healthcare or free college, something nearly all of his fellow candidates are running on. This can be seen as a good thing for many moderate voters, who may be concerned about higher taxes with the creation of more social programs.
Biden also appeals to blue collar, union working Democrats, a group that many socialist Democrats today have seemingly forgotten about. The former Vice President is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a largely blue collar city, has already held a rally featuring labor union workers, and has always worked with unions throughout his political career. If he keeps appealing to the so called “Forgotten Middle Class”, he will be fiercely competing with President Trump for states like Pennsylvania and Michigan if he makes it to the general election. Biden will be giving people a taste of politics before 2016, and will attract attention of people who want things to go back to “normal”.
Here’s the bottom line: candidates who are able tell it like it is, like Trump and Biden, get people energized, and feel confident that change is going to happen in their political interest. Gone are the days of well prepared political statements and false promises. People are looking for realistic change, without the fear of losing their entire paycheck to taxes, or being out of a job altogether. And the people that leading on both sides, Biden and Trump, reflect that. The rest of the Democratic pool is desperately trying to offer people a free lunch, because they have no real policy substance or experience. While I certainly do not support Biden, he is the most sensible and centrist main candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination.