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A captain for stormy times

"Run, Joe, run!", the firefighters, "Run, Joe, run called!", on the signs, which they held in the height. So in America, popular TV series is from the 70's about the shepherd, but that was not the, what did the men and women of the International Association of Fire Fighters. On the stage in front of you on Tuesday Joe Biden , a Veteran of the Democratic party. Already feels like an eternity, he plays with the thought to run for the presidency. Now, the encouragement of the firefighters, he should compete finally. Biden did not do them the Favor. "You might want to keep the energy," he said, "I'm gonna need it maybe in a couple of weeks."

A couple of weeks, a couple of days: Hardly anyone in Washington still doubt that Biden will announce his candidacy soon. More than a dozen applicants there are for the Democrats, but Biden's entry into the race for the Nomination of the party would change many things. The 76-Year-old would, at a stroke, in the role of favorites. According to the Website FiveThirtyEight, he is located in 25 of 26 surveys under the democratic party-goers at the top. This has to do with the fact that Biden is simply much more well known than most of the other interested parties. But this has to do with the fact that there are, from a democratic point of view reasons to choose it as the Challenger of Donald Trump.

As Biden's is first, experience. In his eight years as Vice-President of Barack Obama and in his many years as a Senator before he acquired a practical policy knowledge that distinguishes it from all competitors. He would be a steady Hand in uncertain times, stabilizing against the inside and against the outside world, where it is necessary to create in the troubled America's allies trust again: So at least represent it to Biden's supporters. "We need a captain who can lead us through the stormy sea," wrote democratic strategist Peter Fenn on the Portal "The Hill".

weapon in the Mid-West

Since his profile is second. Biden is not politicized on the right wing of the Democrats, claims such as those according a state unit of health insurance he carries. As a socialist, he is badly stamped. It makes him for those voters to be attractive, which is the current candidate field of Democrats is to the left. But above all, he used a different style: more likely to compromise because confrontation is considered. "I read in the "New York Times" that my candidacy would have the Problem that I don't like Republicans," he said at a gig a few weeks ago. "Well, in this case: Forgive me, father, for I have sinned." Such sounds are to listen to those people, who have enough of the ever-increasing polarization of recent time, the Democrats are also to blame.

And there is, thirdly, its origin. Despite a decades-long career as a professional politician, Biden emphasized his roots in the rust belt of Pennsylvania, where he grew up before his family moved to the coast of Delaware. Biden, the calculus would have as a white man with a simple language for better opportunities, those voters of the working class to pick up the lost to the Democrats in 2016, Trump. In the party leadership, this calculus seems to be gaining currently weight: This week, decided by you, the nomination for Congress in Milwaukee to discharge, in the state of Wisconsin, which also belongs to the combat zone of the Midwest.

image-distance: The possible presidential candidate of the U.S. Democrats

On the other hand, there are also reasons why Biden hesitates with his decision for so long. There is, of course, be age: was sworn in As Biden in 1973, for the first Time as a Senator, ruled in the White house, Richard Nixon, and in the Bundesrat sass Hans-Peter Tschudi, the father of the AHV – a lost world. And Biden's long career provides a Wealth of Material that can be used against him. The "Washington Post" reminded last week that Biden, in 1975, against measures to repeal the racial segregation of schools had pronounced. He did not feel responsible "for the sins of my father and of my grandfather," he said, but for those of his own Generation.

And then there is also the unfortunate way, with the help of Biden, as Chairman of the judiciary Committee with the hearing of Anita Hill handled, the rose, the 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against the Federal judge Clarence Thomas was there. Hill was vilified by many senators, like Biden later admitted.

The Hipster candidate

finally, is that Biden's is overshadowed by the expected announcement of another Democrats: Beto O'rourke is according to reports in the media, is also about to declare his presidential candidacy. His home station KTSM tweeted on Wednesday: "It's official. Beto O'rourke in the race for the presidency."

O'rourke, who lost last year in Texas in an attempt to oust Senator Ted Cruz, would fight for voters in the middle. Compared to Biden, the political performance of the former members of Congress is, however, modest.

O'rourke, exactly three decades younger, he would be more in line with the "cultural Zeitgeist," as it's called, the "Washington Post" – the Hipster candidate, in these days on his bike to performances at South-by-Southwest Festival in Austin. Some of the Democrats are dreaming, therefore, already a two-ticket: Biden as interim President, O'rourke as his Deputy, takes over in four years. For the time being, all this is no more than that: a dream.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 13.03.2019, 18:59 PM

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