Like a young lion facing an ass-kicking, you’re currently guarding the fence and, thankfully, you have a helper in the form of an aging lion roaring at you from behind a fence.
Joe Biden, the ex-President, and President Obama’s guy, has expressed interest in vying for the Vice President’s office. With fear and doubt slowly leaking out of the Obama Army and BOTUS deployed out of D.C., we need something very potent to renew the effort of rejuvenating the body politic.
Yes, it is going to be difficult. It will take tremendous discipline, resolve and a sense of unity of purpose. You’ll need Michelle Obama to push the front door open while Brian Williams calls everyone out with torches and pitchforks.
That being said, the possible vice presidential nomination of Joe Biden gives Democrats something that even the GOP doesn’t have: A Biden — a smooth-talking Beltway superstar. Yes, it’s not the Joe Biden who once spewed one-liners like, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” and “The car tastes like moose blubber.” This is a much more grown-up version of the Biden we all love to (sometimes) hate.
In addition to his impressive short-term executive record as a White House Chief of Staff and State Department spokesperson, Biden also knows how to corral a crowd: he hosted his family’s annual roast for years, and more recently, an AOL auction as part of the company’s celebration of its 20th anniversary. He’s an emcee, too, and has repeatedly demonstrated his mastery of the American immigrant experience by speaking to groups of foreign students over the past several years. Most recently, Biden captivated a Democratic activist convention with his speech laying out his vision for a more prosperous America.
And that’s just what he’s done over the past few years. In politics, winners are actors, and wannabes aren’t — Joe Biden is a Democrat’s actor. Voters want actors in their camps because they are experienced actors who have good things to say and projects they can stand behind.
So, if you’re a Democrat, Joe Biden is your Jonas brother. If you’re a 2020 candidate looking to get a jump-start, Joe Biden is your Al Pacino. He’s a Hollywood figure you can easily mine for a handful of key tips.
First, to pick up on the theme, I will pick a phrase from “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” — and use it as the core of my ticket. While we are dealing with diversity here, let’s start out with a phrase I’ve chosen and used a number of times: (abbreviated to read as) nothing personal.
Oh, how long it’s been. Isn’t he and Biden just sweet to have each other? He is the straight-talking, laissez-faire hedge-fund manager, while Joe is the tough, business-minded guy.
If you’re running for president, you can’t run away from your business experience. Maybe you want to look like Barack Obama and run on being a community organizer. He can be your Bernie Sanders and he can be your Hillary Clinton. The choice is yours, but you can’t fail to leverage the experience you can offer.
We are in a moment where there are very few politicians with the experience and ability to be a job creator. Joe Biden is able to offer that, and you may not need that today, but your party will always seek to create jobs and bring prosperity to those who are struggling. (Biden will remind you that nobody lived on welfare in 1990 or 2009).
Second, in moments of anxiety, listen to Barack Obama. The former President is the wise and experienced elder statesman who told us to forget what we feared, and pick ourselves up by our bootstraps. If there is anyone who can persuade you to avoid trying to climb the political ladder as a recent arrival, it’s Barack Obama. He is the trusted advisor. If you want to read the major books on politics and policy, he’s the one who can tell you the important stuff.
And finally, in times of public discomfort, no Democrat wants to be reminded that they are also running with a gay man. Stephen Colbert, I’m looking at you.
All of which, to me, suggests that the most important tactical play for the