In the last few days, Biden has said that he is (would be!) The most progressive person running in the last few days (Uncle Joe's will-or-wild-male-run-for -president phase).
Somehow, Biden was both undercorrected and overcorrected on his journey toward 2020 wokeness – but these events and a look at his poll numbers shine light on what he says and why he might say it. 19659005]
But for Biden, wokeness is not easy. Parts of his career will resume through a 2020 lens, which is much different than when he ran in 2008 and much different from his first bid in 1988.
The conventional wisdom is that he will do well with key democratic constituencies, so if it has not gone, why try to correct it. But he is trying to fix it.
In a talk about violence against women, at a recent event called pupils activists involved in the same kind of work, Biden said: "We all have a duty not to do anything less than change the culture of this country."
White man's culture. It needs to be changed. Biden 2020.
This comment will leave a mark (toxic masculinity could have been a better frame). It is ready for Fox News and other conservative media who have already pushed the idea that white men are under attack and that Democrats are particularly hostile to white men.
The statement will also undermine one of his key selling points, which is that he has a unique appeal to white, middle-class electorate of the working class who feels alienated by the progressive shift of the Democratic Party on race and gender issues.
Nor does it win him much.
"I have an idea how to change it – don't run," Walsh said. "Get out and support a woman. There are six women in the race, four female senators. If you want to change that, it's a way to change it. You know, I admire Joe Biden, I'm a happy democrat. He was a big vice president. But you want to change it? Don't run. "Strong vote
Bids strong voting number certainly suggests that there is a path and appetite for his candidacy. What the numbers do not show is what kind of candidate voters that Biden should be. Like Obama, he has been conservative on racial issues – see his crime law in 1994, a law that left Hillary Clinton in 2016 and will also dog him. Clinton had to make a mea culpa talk on the bill his man signed into law, while Biden seemed less likely to do so.
And his praise by Republicans suggests that he does not plan to kowtow to the constituency who ushered in one of the most diverse congresses in history. But then his remark says that white men need to change their paths and suggest that he wants a piece of that constituency in the worst way. (If a candidate of color or a woman had said what Biden said, imagine the reaction).
Overall, his beliefs show that a Biden round would be ripe with gaff and misinformation about race and gender in a field full of graduates who have much more practice and better records and rhetoric. And even a Stacey Abram's trial balloon can't save him from that reality.