By Gary McIntyre
It looks like former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden isn’t ready to retire from politics just yet.
And his stubborn refusal to go away could be the best news that President Donald Trump has heard in months.
As first reported by the Washington Examiner, Biden is telling close associates and donors that he will run against Trump for the presidency in 2020 if a better candidate does not emerge.
And based on Biden’s recent comments that he would have been the best candidate in the 2016 race, you can bet he’s a shoo-in to announce his candidacy.
But there’s one big problem with Biden launching a presidential bid – he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades of winning.
Biden has sought the Democratic Party nomination twice before, in 1988 and 2008, and failed miserably both times. In 1988, he even lost to former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, a trainwreck of a candidate.
And while the mainstream media is quick to point out Trump’s verbal gaffes, Biden may be worse.
He has a history of saying dumb and irresponsible things that have derailed his past campaigns for president. In 2007, he received major criticism for calling then-candidate Obama, “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
And in 2006, he claimed you couldn’t visit a 7-11 in Delaware, Biden’s home state, unless you speak with an Indian accent.
But Biden’s bad actions haven’t been limited to his words. He’s been repeatedly accused of inappropriately touching women, and Time magazine even detailed the accounts in a 2015 article titled, “America Shouldn’t Tolerate Biden Being Biden.”
Biden’s age would also be a major issue if he ran for president – he’ll be nearly 78 when the 2020 election rolls around.
In short, Biden has been a terrible national candidate in the past – and it doesn’t look like he’ll get any better with age.
A potential Biden candidacy smacks of desperation within the Democratic party, which is still reeling from its 2016 loss.
But Biden’s flirtation with a presidential run does explain some things that are happening behind the scenes with the party.
First, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile has used a new book and several media interviews to roundly criticize Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign.
Brazile’s move seems designed to ruin any chances of Clinton running again in 2020, and to clear the decks for other candidates – like Biden.
Second, a Biden run may indicate that former First Lady Michelle Obama will not become a candidate for president, as liberal media outlets previously reported.
Because of the close relationship between Biden and the Obamas, it seems unlikely that Biden and Michelle Obama would run against each other.
So, will “Uncle Joe” soon throw his hat into the ring officially?
That remains to be seen. But it would be great news for Trump.
Because Biden is a candidate who can’t win. And if he’s the best that Democrats can do, then the party is in even worse shape than we thought.