The case for Joe Biden

Biden says what’s on his mind. He’s not afraid to gaffe. If you ask him about his favorite flavor of ice cream, or how he takes his coffee, or who he wants to see on the new $10 bill, he will give you a definitive answer. This may seem like a low bar, but it’s one that Hillary Clinton is incapable of meeting (see: here, here, and here). Want to find out where he stands on Keystone and the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Just ask him. None of this “I’m sorry if people want me to…I will not express an opinion” nonsense. Ask him about he greatest weakness, and he won’t say it’s getting frustrated when people don’t understand why he should be the president.

Unlike Hillary, the vice president was not afraid to lead on key issues like gay marriage. He voiced his support in 2012, before Obama could admit that he was lying about his position back in 2008, and almost three years before Hillary Clinton affirmed her belief in a Constitutional right to gay marriage. This is clearly embarrassing for Hillary, otherwise she wouldn’t find it necessary to fudge the facts about her “evolution” on the issue.

The fact that many Democrats don’t really want Biden to run is actually an argument in favor of him running. First of all, it’s somewhat odd that the overwhelming Democratic frontrunner is also the only candidate currently facing (an) unresolved, and potentially explosive, political scandal(s). It’s especially odd that, after repeatedly denouncing “career politicians,” “corporate greed,” “special interests,” and “Bush’s war,” Democrats are lining up to coronate a Wall Street-allied career politician who voted for the Iraq War and made a fortune giving speeches to various corporate entities and special interest groups. After all, these were the reasons why Democratic voters rejected Hillary so emphatically in 2008.