Not that it was much of a race to begin with, but now, and much earlier than many expected, the Dems have chosen their candidate and their champion. In nearly every possible scenario, that would be good news for a political party, in every scenario except this one.
It could be argued that much of the celebration and joy of winning the Democratic bid has been dampened from the current pandemic. It might be the fact that he won almost by default. We all remember not that long ago when it felt like there were fifty Democratic candidates in the race, but only two names we knew.
It could also be said that among those two familiar names, one of them has been often reported as a socialist fanatic. Outlasting a hundred unknowns and one Socialist-loving Bernie? Yes, that is more of a victory by default than anything else, and it could zap the thrill of victory for the Dems too, but there is something bigger going on here.
The idea of having their candidate already decided even before their convention? That should be cause for celebration, a sign of unity, and a great sign for the Democratic party. It should be, but it isn’t.
Instead, we see a subdued Joe Biden and a very quiet Democratic party. We aren’t hearing a collective shout from the Dems to rally around the “next President of the United States,” in fact, we are hearing very little at all. As one story reported, that is a point that the real President of the United States Donald Trump, didn’t miss.
According to one story, it was the very absence of those voices and on in particular that the President made mention of, that might also shed light on this oddly somber moment for the Dems. As that story reported, the President simply tweeted: “Very strange that President Obama didn’t endorse Joe Biden long ago. What does he know that the American people don’t?”
In case you weren’t aware, the President is pointing out the fact that former President Barack Obama has yet to endorse Joe Biden, his Vice President for both his terms in office. Obama didn’t endorse Biden then when he announced his campaign, and he still hasn’t given Joe his endorsement, his right hand for eight years.
Who knows Biden as well as Obama, after eight years of working side by side, how many know his strengths and weaknesses as a politician and leader as well? Surely, it isn’t many, right? Yet, the former President has been unusually quiet and has yet to give Biden his support, isn’t that strange?
The President sure thinks so. Does Obama know something we don’t about all those allegations from the women who have cried out against Biden? Does he know more about the stories of those women who have accused Biden of inappropriate behavior?
Maybe Obama knows more about the Ukraine story than he is willing to share. Perhaps Obama is trying to distance himself from Biden if those unsavory reports prove true? That would be more than an image problem but a potential legal one too.
Then there are those recent stories questioning Biden’s mental and physical health. Day in and day out the former President worked with and beside the man – does he know something we don’t about Biden’s health, is he fit to lead the country?
President Trump only made one simple suggestion but his few brief comments lead to many more questions. Does Obama know something about the man who he twice selected as his running mate? Does the Democratic party know something that we don’t?
The road to the Presidency, at this point, looks nearly impossible for the former Vice President without some serious help. That will mean getting many of those angry and anti-Biden Bernie supporters to jump on board. It will mean showing unity and a solidarity that isn’t present now, maybe like an endorsement from the Party’s former President!
Is there something about Joe Biden that we don’t know? Is there something about the Democratic Presidential nominee that we should know – that we have a right to know?
Why does Biden’s victory feel more like uncertainty than a celebration? Why indeed?