Biden his time

Biden his time

by digby

I'm trying to keep an open mind about the Democratic primary but damn... this makes me so queasy:

"I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that I’ve worked on my whole life — the plight of the middle class and foreign policy," Biden told an audience in Montana, according to The Missoula Current. "But my family and I need to decide as a unit whether we’re ready — we do everything as a family."

Biden was asked about factors that may hurt him if he runs — his reputation for gaffes among them.

"I may be a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth," he said. "No one doubts what I say, the problem is I sometimes say all that I mean. The question is what kind of nation are we becoming?"

My instincts all say that Democrats need to find someone who can speak to the future in contrast to the antediluvian fantasy of Trump's past. I may be wrong about that. But I just think the Democrats would do better with a younger, fresher face that doesn't carry decades of baggage. The Democrats do better when they are inspirational and forward looking and in our modern political scene the candidate who embodies progress has a better chance of connecting across a broad swathe of voters. (But what do I know?)

Still, I believe there should be a lively primary campaign featuring as many different people as feel they have a shot. Nothing will be more important than defeating Trump and the Republicans in 2020 and the best way to ensure that is testing all the different candidates to see which one has the best chance of winning and properly representing those who elected him (or her.)  A win in a hot primary is the best way to determine that.