Wednesday, April 15, 2020

It's Over

Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last week, so that means Scranton native Joe Biden will be the nominee.  It was pretty clear Democrats settled on Biden after Super Tuesday in early March.

So, what does Biden bring to the party?  Experience and a sense of steadiness.  People seem to be looking for that.  Minuses?  Biden has always been gaffe prone, and if you are seeking change, Biden might not be your guy.  He has pledged to choose a woman for the second slot on the ticket.  That hasn't happened since 1984, so you can consider that change.

Biden will be 78 years old in November, so the VP choice will be critical, and he has to get it right.

Sanders endorsed Biden Monday.  It will be interesting to see how much Sanders will have in shaping party policy.  It will be doubly interesting to see if Sanders supporters are comfortable in the Biden camp, and if they will show up at the polls in November.

Understatement of the year:  This year's campaign will be bruising, expensive and nasty.