Opinion | Joe Biden, the Cipher Presidential Candidate

Biden wins the Democratic nomination because he is not Bernie Sanders and wants to be elected President because he is not Donald Trump. He is a purely negative candidate, as we have seen him for a long time. It largely depends on who he is not and what he will not do.

He is the presidential candidate as a cipher.

Did anyone seriously miss Biden before his last media mini tour? Wonder what he had to say? Do you expect him to have a bold, gripping coronavirus plan or an arresting phrase?

There is no biden movement. During much of the main campaign, he couldn’t build a crowd to save his life. He had no organization or money.

There is no biden charisma. He is not young, handsome, eloquent, or interesting.

There is no biden buzzword. He has no “hope and change” or “make America great again”.

For decades, he has remained steadfastly in the mainstream of the Democratic Party – hence his recent turn left – and his views largely reflect the conventional wisdom of the center-left party.

If the party had chosen to appoint a generic representative who has nothing original to say and a campaign completely unaffected by new considerations or methods, they could not have done anything better than Biden.

He has spearheaded everything in the past four decades, at least according to his own account, and yet did nothing particularly memorable.

He’s the opposite of a fresh face in the scene with no extensive records – think of George W. Bush or Barack Obama. But it proves that a very old slate can be almost as invulnerable to attacks as an empty slate.

The length of his career means that most of his previous controversial positions have long lost their political importance. They are such artifacts from another era that they can no longer be used against him.

Kamala Harris found out about this when she carried out an exquisitely planned bus ambush against Biden 40 years ago, which was an intense controversy. President Donald Trump will want to beat Biden over the crime law passed over a quarter of a century ago and his vote for the second war in Iraq, Biden’s most recent legislative vulnerability since his election less than two decades ago.

Biden’s candidacy is of interest only to the extent that he is susceptible to gawking. His dropouts are not Hillary Clinton-style gaffes that are characterized by arrogance and offensive rejection and make them a collective call for the other side – their question at a controversial hearing in Benghazi: “What difference does it make at this point?”; marking some Trump supporters as “deplorable”.

Instead, Biden’s gaffes – the verbal complications, incomplete sentences, strange mix-ups – are amusing and worrying. They are used to represent the case that he’s not up to the job, but they don’t make anyone hate Biden. He cannot even generate strong feelings in his partisan opposition.

All in all, Biden deserves credit for his insight from the start that the Democratic Party was not defined by the awakening of Twitter and that the Obama Biden Democrats, as he calls them, were still the focus of the party. He rightly believed – or hoped – that African-American voters would get him through.

He also demonstrated the remarkable persistence of a dejected and humiliated politician who got up and carried on every day. His greatest strength is obviously his ability to connect with others who have suffered personal loss.

His victories on and after Super Tuesday showed that the Democrats were ready to go massively for an uninspired candidacy, and the same momentum may continue in November.

In this case, Biden could be worse off than staying in his basement for the duration.

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