We all know that VP Joe Biden has not entered the primaries this year, and has established he is not a candidate for the presidency in 2016. Things change ! The unexpected happens. Thus is born the potential that Joseph Biden could be sworn in as the next President of the United States in January 2017.
I realize this seems quite impossible to most people, but let my fantasy play out. Campaign 2016 has been the most negative our country can remember. The focus has been on tearing down every candidate, and the power brokers are doing everything they can think of to destroy the credibility of all candidates. Voters see a lot of money pour into DC, and nothing constructive coming out. The power struggles are intense, hateful, and obstructive. The do nothing congress has successfully, though wrongly, blamed all of their inactivity on the sitting president. The public is angry, and they want change.
From this situation, here come our candidates. On the Republican side, after months of attacks and counter attacks, the voters appear to be supporting the most vocal oppositional candidate, Donald Trump, and it is likely that he will become their nominee this summer. The mainstream of the party will not be happy, or supportive, but the voters will have their way. If they don’t support him, but they get into a brokered convention and nominate someone else, then Trump would likely be an independent candidate and draw away a significant number of GOP votes. That is a huge liability for the party, and could well hurt them in their congressional races. Don’t expect it to happen.
On the Democratic side, it is likely that Hillary Clinton will be on target to gain the nomination The liability of rallying behind Bernie Sanders, a “socialist”, is not something that party will accept. However, the media giants and congressional opposition will aggressively focus on her “email and Benghazi” issues. Both of these are fabricated negatives, with absolutely no true merit, but they are convincing voters to seek alternatives. Thus, the party will see a huge liability with her as their nominee. In addition, the opposition will push for legal actions that could prevent her from focusing on the campaign this fall. Thus, there is the potential for a brokered convention.
With this in mind, the Democrats may have to look beyond their two primary contenders and seek an alternative nominee. This is where Joe Biden enters the picture. This is a man with experience, a demonstrated ability to work across party lines, who can actually assume the role of the presidency on day one and be ready to work. His credentials are strong, the public respect is there, and the funding would step up to support him.
In this scenario, the election will be between a very solid, established, leader and the ideas of someone who has never held government office. In any debate, Biden will have specific answers, and Trump will say “trust me, I have a plan”. Biden will focus on issues, and Trump will be forced to address them, because he simply can’t “go personal”. At that point, voters are simply not going to bet the house on someone with no credentials or specific plans. In fact, Joe Biden is the individual that many members of the Grand Old Party will be able to support before they could stand behind their own nominee.
With all of the chaos, adversity, and negativism we are experiencing as a nation, this is one man who can actually provide a stable, calming presence. He is the only one of the possible candidates that is unscathed by a vicious primary, and he has the personal character that makes him appeal to middle America. Finally, it’s a job he hasn’t sought, and that means his focus would be fully on serving the country as a whole rather than stroking his own ego.
Yes, this is a story not “in the cards”, but because things change daily, it could easily transform from fiction to reality. At noon, on January 20, 2017, Joseph Biden could be sworn in as our 45th president.