Since Donald Trump was elected, many American citizens have been floating in a terrified haze. It feels like a great time to leave the country, or maybe get blackout drunk for four years. There was a glimmer of hope in many hearts that in 2020 we’d have a popular Democratic candidate ready to come in and sweep the Trump presidency into the trash where it belongs. Sadly, that person will not be Michelle Obama. Who else, who else... perhaps our current VP Joe Biden?
In a recent interview at a Capitol press conference, Biden more than hinted at a 2020 presidential run. He said, “I am going to run in 2020.”
“For president,” he added, “What the hell man, anyway.”
Yeah, what the hell man, anyway? There is a hell and we’re in it, because Biden then backpedaled, saying, “I am not committed to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Biden told CNN that he originally didn’t run this year because of the passing of his son, Beau Biden. He said, “I didn't run for one simple overarching reason. My son was dying and he died. I didn't not run because Hillary’s running. I didn't run because my son's not here.”
That’s extremely sad, and another sad fact is that Biden is currently 74 years old. Were he to run in 2020, he’d be much older than any Democratic nominee ever elected. But as Biden says, fate has a strange way of intervening. Considering the surprises of 2016, for all we know aging will work in reverse by the time the next presidential election rolls around.