As former Vice President Joe Biden continues to stay near or at the top of the large field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, all eyes and ears in the media world quietly await whether or not former President Barack Obama shakes a dash of his magical endorsement dust on his former sidekick.
But according to Mediaite, the chances of that happening are looking slimmer by the day. Obama has met with a number of aspiring 2020 candidates, privately, to determine who might be the best opponent to fulfill Democrats’ ultimate goal of taking out President Donald Trump come next November.
And as Politico reporter Ryan Lizza, who was in on some of the meetings, reported, it’s not looking great for Biden’s chances of being blessed by the Democrat party’s savior.
“With one candidate, he pointed out that during his own 2008 campaign, he had an intimate bond with the electorate, especially in Iowa, that he no longer has. Then he added, “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
Ouch. In essence, what Obama was saying is that Biden isn’t exciting people in early-voting states like New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and perhaps most crucial — Iowa. And if a candidate can’t manage to do that, he or she stands little chance of obtaining the momentum required to go all the way.
What Does It Mean?
While Obama’s thoughts on Biden certainly doesn’t mean he won’t endorse him, many political experts have had bets in for weeks now that say Obama is going to back someone else. Obama even told Biden before this all started, something along the lines of “You don’t have to do this, Joe.”
It’s beginning to look like that was code for “please don’t run in 2020, because you don’t stand a chance, old friend.”
Also interesting to note, Biden was not one of the 2020 hopefuls who has met with Obama, so far. Some say it’s because he’s close enough with his former boss that he can talk to him anytime, others warn that it’s an obvious sign that Obama is not interested in a Biden/whomever 2020 ticket.