In the spring of 2015, Vice President Joe Biden will inevitably announce his third candidacy for president. Despite being 72 years old and being the “Gaffe King,” Biden has made it crystal clear that he will run in 2016. In May 2011, Biden told donors in Cincinnati to keep him in mind in 2016. In January 2013, Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post confidently declared that “Joe Biden is running for president” based on the fact that he planned dozens of trips to Iowa and New Hampshire following the 2012 election.
“For me, the decision to run or not run is going to be determined by me, as to whether I am the best-qualified person to focus on the two things I’ve spent my whole life on — giving ordinary people a fightin’ chance to make it and a sound foreign policy that’s based on rational interests in the United States.”
Well of course Biden is the “best-qualified person.” His 8 years as vice president and 36 years as a U.S. senator are far superior to that of Hillary Clinton.
But if he runs, does he have a chance?
Yes he does because liberals love him more than ever before. They have actually embraced some of his gaffes. The Democratic National Committee produced a shirt that was so popular among progressives that even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews spent $25 on one:
After Biden’s ridiculous “put y’all back in chains” comment, some liberals actually came to his defense. It is a long list no less – President Obama, Congressman Charlie Rangel, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Joan Walsh, and of course Chris Matthews. Next year, Biden could probably use this gaffe to raise a ton of money from the ultra-liberal wing. Not only is it very provocative, but it can help distinguish him from the Wall Street-loving Hillary Clinton.
Biden has a massive uphill battle. Recent nationwide polls show Hillary Clinton leading the field by a complete landslide as Biden consistently places a distant second. The current RealClearPolitics average has Clinton leading the “gaffe machine” by 54 percentage points (as of August 2, 2014). Recently, Biden has struggled to even reach double-digits.
Historically, Biden has performed poorly in presidential elections. In his first bid, Biden dropped out in September 1987 after newspapers reported that he plagiarized a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock. Biden barely reached one percent in the polls anyway, despite raising more money than any other candidate in the crowded field. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Biden dropped out after securing just 0.9% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses.
While he performed poorly in 1988 and 2008, Biden has a shot in 2016 if he can turn up the heat. Once he figures out that his personality is his only shot at the Oval Office, he will go on a tear. He must take his brutal honesty to the next level. Believe it or not, his chronic foot-in-mouth disorder could become an asset for Vice President Biden in 2016.