Patience hasn’t often been considered a virtue in politics.
So, with the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency having just passed, it shouldn’t be surprising that some folks are already laying the early groundwork to challenge him in 2020.
Yep, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has released a book widely seen as a campaign setup. New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, after his stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention last summer, has been appearing on cable news shows frequently.
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And, former Vice President Joe Biden has been lurking in the shadows, at times expressing regret he didn’t make a bid for the highest office in the land in 2016.
But, Politico reports, Biden and his advisers have been quietly looking at how to craft at run for the Democratic nomination in three years and take on Trump.
The magazine, which specializes in politics, reports: “People frequently approach Biden to say they wish he’d have run in 2016, that they think he would have won. Occasionally, he’ll get very critical of Hillary Clinton in private conversations, but to most people he just says, ‘Thank you.’ And for the people who tell him they want to see him run against Trump, Biden keeps going back to the same line: ‘I’m not planning on it, but I’m not going to tell anyone I’m not doing it.’”
While Trump has been historically unpopular, Biden (and to an extent, Obama) has remained on the public’s good side, seen by many as sort of “Crazy Uncle Joe” to former President Barack Obama’s more serious, and sometimes hip, demeanor.
Of course, Hillary Clinton was popular too, then she ran for president. What that means for Biden, should he run, remains to be seen.
But, with a character like the former vice president possibly getting back into the mix, it should keep the political intrigue entertaining for a while.