After Biden Trump, Here’s What Democrats Can Learn

Vice President Joe Biden was the anti-Trump. He was a politician, not a candidate. Even while he was running for president, he stated his convictions at every opportunity, one was only encouraged by the fact that his competitors did not. He did not block reporters from covering rallies.

And with his narrow victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Hillary Clinton, and his wonky and heartfelt criticisms of the dismal condition of the U.S. economy, Biden was not only a political class leader, but also a reformer. He raised enough money and stoked enough good will to become a significant mainstream force in Democratic politics.

But that establishment position was, to use the former vice president’s own words, not enough. Biden then spent much of the next five years trying to create new jobs through his low-visibility work with groups like the Commission on America’s Future, but the new jobs didn’t materialize, and the job seekers stayed home. The dream turned into the sad hollow.

Then came the arc of the scandal that will define his White House tenure: the FBI’s investigation into whether he violated Federal Law by mishandling his son’s personal finances. A recent poll found that nearly 60 percent of Americans think the investigation is a “landmark,” but only 19 percent think the investigation will affect his leadership. Indeed, some of that resignation has already sunk in. Polls have found that a majority of Democrats say he should step down (even when asked directly about the FBI probe) and a strong majority feel that former FBI Director James Comey and the former head of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, mishandled their own investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

A lot of what was expected to be the Biden Comeback seems to have occurred. Pundits are already hailing his victory in Tuesday’s Delaware Democratic primary — one the former vice president said was “so close and yet so far away.”

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