Joe Biden in 2020? It’s not as crazy as it might sound

first_imgBiden was a terrible candidate – twice! – when he ran for president in 1987 and 2007.A half-century in politics doesn’t usually produce new ideas.He can be a gaffe machine, unable to keep ill-considered first thoughts to himself.From Day One he would be the oldest person to occupy the office.But there are reasons to think these shortcomings might not weigh so heavily this time.Presumably, his experience running with President Barack Obama and serving as an influential vice president (a job that absolutely requires people to learn to hold their tongues) will make him a better candidate.He’ll commit gaffes – otherwise it wouldn’t be Joe – but occasional loose talk will seem benign measured against Trump’s mean spirit and contempt for the truth.  And he’d have to be running against President Donald Trump.Most of my expert friends dismiss the viability of a Biden run, but Biden doesn’t.He and his political advisers take the prospect seriously.To see why they’re not crazy, start with this fact of political life: When an incumbent runs for re-election, the contest is a referendum on him.A challenger, to be successful, must offer an appealing alternative that better addresses whatever’s bothering people.Jimmy Carter, the outsider, beat President Gerald Ford in 1976 in the shadow of the Watergate scandals.Ronald Reagan defeated Carter four years later by showing resolve that resonated during the Iranian hostage crisis. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn reporting on politics all my adult life, I’ve enjoyed indulging in candidate scenarios, especially thinking unconventionally about what might happen if somebody runs for president.If people I respect dismiss one of my story lines as a dumb idea, it’s usually better to move on.This time, I’m going to ignore them.My latest scenario, derided by Democratic and Republican sources alike, imagines a 2020 Democratic presidential run by … Joe Biden.I think it could work, with caveats.Biden would have to pick a special type of running mate well in advance, plan only to serve one term and release all his health records. Bill Clinton’s domestic focus had broad appeal in 1992, the first presidential contest after the end of the Cold War, against the veteran cold warrior President George H.W. Bush.After 3 1/2 years of Trump, what will swing voters be looking for?A grown-up who is committed to getting things done by trying to bridge the bitter partisan divide.A person with experience in governing, savvy about the ways of Washington and wary of national-security booby traps.A reputation for incorruptibility to drain the ethical swamp of the Trump years.More than most outsiders, new faces or ideological purists, the 74-year-old former senator and vice president could fit that bill.To be sure, those who tell me I’m daffy have compelling reasons. Normally, promising to serve only one term is a bad idea; it turns a leader into a lame duck on the first day in office.There’s never been a great one-term president.But Biden could change the way candidates look at the selection of a running mate.Instead of waiting until the eve of the nominating convention, he should pick a running mate over a year in advance, and run as a team.That would be good politics and good policy.Remember that there’s nothing sacrosanct about the present system, which has produced Spiro T. Agnew, John Edwards and Sarah Palin.Biden should select a woman, in her 40s or 50s, who has won elective office and demonstrated the capacity to step into the president’s shoes. A politician first elected in 1970 is not going to be the face of the future. But after the exhaustion, trauma and incompetence of the Trump years, voters will look for stability, solidity, maturity, global experience, civility and integrity. Biden checks all the boxes.He’s a part of the moderate Obama-Clinton wing of the Democratic Party (though there’s no love lost between Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton).But progressives acknowledge his genuine empathy for working-class Americans, and he’s liberal enough for them on social issues – it was Biden who forced Obama’s hand on supporting gay marriage.There’s still the issue of age.If elected he’d be 78, three years older than Trump though probably in better shape.But even if 78 is the new 68, the notion of serving two terms, well into his mid-80s, won’t cut it. His case to voters would be direct: I’m the most experienced man to ever run for president, and by the end of the first term I will have developed a partner with stellar credentials to succeed me.OK, it’s a long shot.My insider friends who think it’s a crazy idea, including a couple of Republicans who said they’d vote for Biden over Trump, are probably right. The odds may be better for a fresh-faced change agent or a left winger representing the new heart of the Democratic Party.But consider the political merits. What’s a better antidote to the poison of Trumpism than the buoyant maturity of Joe Biden?Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was the executive editor of Bloomberg News, before which he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor at the Wall Street Journal.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Find alternatives to arming teachers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere are problems with arming teachers and setting up metal detectors in schools in order to deter school shootings. Money is one problem. Schools already are underfunded, and using tax dollars to arm and train teachers would be an incredible waste. Five hundred dollars for a metal detector might sound cheap. But to a school that can barely afford school supplies for teachers and students, it isn’t.Another problem is that armed teachers and metal detectors don’t actually address the issue of gun violence. Things like licenses, registrations and insurance for guns could help the problem. Raise the legal age to buy a gun. If the drinking age is 21 because people can’t drink responsibly when they are younger, then they probably can’t use a gun responsibly either. Taylor WilliamGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Locate in Kent?

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Benchmark sells £58m up West

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Overseas call

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Brown addresses city sites in Budget

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Bargain deal at City’s ugly duckling

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The Bloomsbury set

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Red Bull sold one can for almost every person on earth last year

first_imgRed Bull sales rose so much last year that the Austrian energy drink maker could have supplied almost every person on earth with a can of its namesake beverage.Sales soared to a record 7.5 billion cans worldwide last year, propelled by growth in emerging markets like Brazil, India and Africa, said the company, which has crafted its brand around extreme sports sponsorships. The world’s population reached 7.7 billion people.Revenue increased 9.5 percent to 6.1 billion euros ($6.6 billion). Profit levels weren’t disclosed but the website said they too rose to a record, meaning Red Bull’s billionaire owners could be set for another windfall later this year. The company distributed more than half a billion euros of profit to shareholders in 2019. Thai entrepreneur and occasional duck farmer Chaleo Yoovidhya teamed up with Austrian marketing whiz Dietrich Mateschitz in 1987 after Mateschitz discovered the energy drink sold by Chaleo’s firm while looking to counteract jet lag on a business trip.Closely-held Red Bull is owned by Mateschitz and Yoovidhya’s family, and both became billionaires thanks to the tonic they invented. Mateschitz is Austria’s richest person with $12.4 billion of wealth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Its latest results mean the Fuschl, Austria-based company sold on average more than 20 million cans of the namesake soda every day of 2019. That’s about 850,000 cans every hour. Growth was fastest in India, with sales up 37 percent, Brazil (up 30 percent) and Africa (up 25 percent).Topics :last_img read more

24 dead as wedding bus falls off bridge in India

first_imgTopics : Villagers and rescue workers were seen in images broadcast from the scene trying to retrieve bodies from the river as the bus lay upside down in the water.India records more than 150,000 road deaths each year which are widely blamed on badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.Last month, 26 people were killed when a bus collided with an autorickshaw and fell into a well in western India. A bus carrying a wedding party crashed into a river Wednesday in India’s western state of Rajasthan killing 24 passengers, including 10 women, police said.The driver lost control as the bus, with 28 people on board, was crossing a bridge, according to Bundi district police superintendent Shrivaj Meena.”The bus was carrying a marriage party from Kota. The bus fell off a bridge,” Meena told AFP.last_img read more