‘Joe, Run.’ Draft Biden super-PAC releases video

Hey, it gives me goose bumps. Here’s a story about the video. Excerpt:

It comes from the “Yale Day” speech Biden delivered the day before the Ivy League school’s commencement, as he knew his son’s fight with cancer was unlikely to succeed. Beau Biden died two weeks after that speech.

Possibly because of that timing, or something, it reminds me of that famous recording of Bobby Kennedy announcing the death of Martin Luther King, just a month before his own death…

22 thoughts on “‘Joe, Run.’ Draft Biden super-PAC releases video

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    I’m also reminded of JFK’s American University speech:

    “…So, let us not be blind to our differences — but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

  2. bud

    If Joe does get in would that make the Democrats the oldest collection of candidates to ever run for POTUS in a major political party? Aren’t there any young guns in the party? Where are the Castro brothers or Corey Booker? If nothing else the age of these candidates ensures many years worth of gaffes for the Republicans to latch onto.

    1. Harry Harris

      They certainly will go after gaffes or anything they can use to keep the agenda off of issues and policy. Do you they are going to run on:
      Eliminating the estate tax (only affects estates over 10 million)
      Raising the SS retirement age (cool for we who don’t perform physical labor and have good health care early)
      Tax rate reductions (with 53% of savings going to the top 1% of earners in Bush’s plan for instance)
      Legalizing some non-legal workers (but never, ever letting them get citizenship)
      Vouchers for private school attendance (when the underachievers would almost never be the ones to Transfer to existing schools if they were even admitted)
      Putting the energy companies in charge of energy and environmental policy (their lobbyists write the bills)
      Continuing to allow big money to dominate elections
      Eliminating or hamstringing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
      Rolling back the Dodd-Frank banking regulations and protections

      1. Norm Ivey

        Julian and Joaquin Castro. Julian is Secretary of HUD, and Joaquin is in the US House. They are from San Antonio or thereabouts.

    2. Brad Warthen Post author

      And no, the Democratic Party does not have any young guns who might run. There’s no one on the horizon like Obama eight years ago.

      That’s long been the case in South Carolina. The last real possibilities to appear on the stage in this state were James Smith, Joel Lourie and Vincent Sheheen — and the only one of them to attempt statewide office has failed twice. And Joel is retiring. And it’s been awhile since Cindi Scoppe and I always referred to “Young James Smith,” as though it were part of his name.

      It’s only recently become apparent that the bench is almost that thin on the national level.

      1. Doug Ross

        Quick – name the most influential Democrat under the age of 60. Andrew Cuomo? Terry McAulliffe (ugh), Jon Stewart?

        There are some seasoned mature Democrats who are ready to step up to the plate: John Conyers (86 years old), Charles Rangel (85), Maxine Waters (77). Side note: if we can’t have term limits, could we at least have an age limit? Age 75 would seem to be appropriate.

        At least Republicans have some younger talent, regardless of what you think of their politics. The vacuum that will be created if Hillary loses will be felt for the next ten years.

        1. Doug Ross

          I didn’t realize that neophyte Elizabeth Warren is 66 years old! Jim Webb is 69. Martin O’Malley is the youngster in the bunch at age 52.

  3. Brad Warthen Post author

    If he ran, he would immediately be the most likable candidate running.

    Likability might not be the most important quality there is, but given the people we’re looking at now, it’s sorely lacking…

      1. Pat

        I don’t know anything about him other than he seemed to have been a pretty good mayor. Elizabeth Warren was mentioned – not young – but has a lot of personal appeal. She’s a good speaker, too, but I’ve never heard her say anything on foreign policy. And she doesn’t seem to want it anyway. Suffice it to say, neither party has much going for them.

          1. Doug Ross

            Yes, she’s more interested in ridiculous programs to eliminate student loan debt that make no sense economically. Well, that and exploring her Native American heritage.


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