Joe Biden can save the Democrats by running for president in 2020

Joe Biden can save the Democrats by running for president in 2020
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Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette Biden2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report MORE, your party needs you. Your country needs you. We all need you. You’ve sacrificed so much already, put country before all, even family. I hate to have to ask, but do you think you have one more fight left in you?

You are in a unique position, a situation which no other Democrat currently finds themselves. You are bigger than party politics. You are bigger than petty squabbles. Unlike most politicians, you’ve always been one of us. You’re Uncle Joe, unfiltered, unafraid, but always genuine. You have unapologetically tried to do what’s right, not what’s popular, and that has historically put you on the right side of issues like gay marriage.

You weren’t just the vice president, but the best friend of our first black president. You didn’t just fight with him, but you fought for him. You love him as much as we do. You challenged him to never stop fighting for what he knew was right, but knew when he needed someone to listen and vent to on dark days. It’s why President Obama once said, “To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully. He is as good a man as God ever created.”

We’re going through dark times. The divisions seem like oceans and the fractures feel irreparable. We need someone who can speak to our hearts. Someone who knows the pain of loss, both personally and professionally. Someone who knows the power of sacrifice, both personally and professionally. Most importantly though, someone who knows the importance of grace, both personally and professionally.

The words that come out of our leaders’ mouths matter. Our current president may not recognize that, but you always have. You’ve always spoken first from your heart and then led with substantive facts. You’ve always recognized that the next generation of leaders is watching and that the way we carry ourselves will inform their behavior. You’ve always treated those with opposing views with respect and deference, while still challenging intellectual dishonesty and calling it out for its cancerous effect on the populous.

We watched you stand strong when you lost your children. We watched you weep as you received the Medal of Freedom. We watched you speak to the victims of natural disasters and we watched you comfort the victims of sexual assault. You spoke to the concerns of the Americans often forgotten in our impoverished urban cities, while easing the anxieties of blue collar workers whose jobs have been replaced by automation. You may not have had a message crafted by a pollster or strategist, but you always have a message that resonated because it is from the heart.

You speak to what’s best in each and every one of us. You don’t speak to who we are, but who we should all strive to be. You have never shied away from a righteous fight and always make sure that at the end of the day it’s not policies that matter, but the actual people that those policies will affect. You’ve constantly been our champion. You’ve stayed one of us. We need you one last time. We need you to run for president in 2020 and lead the party into a new phase of Democratic politics.

In this climate, you are the only candidate who can harken back to the golden Obama years, while bridging the gap to a party based more on economics. The only way to bring back many of the Democrats who voted for Obama and then voted for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE is to focus on a more economic message. Democrats have historically been able to implement social programs by focusing on the economic benefit that they offer to hardworking Americans. It was only after Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, followed by Lee Atwater and the culture wars, that Democrats began to focus on a more emotional appeal.

What made candidates like Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Agency function is tied to how people feel about their job — that's bad news for USDA research 5 myths about William Barr MORE so successful is that they were able to appeal to voters hearts and their minds. You have that same ability. You have the ability to remind our country that what makes us truly great isn’t the amount in our 401(k)s or the size of our warships, but our ability to help others and our promise to ensure peace. You have the gravitas and experience to remind the voters that some things are worth fighting for, especially our freedom and our honor. You have the battle scars to remind voters that no day is promised and that we should live for a purpose bigger than that of this earth. You are the person for this time.

If you pledged to serve a single term and selected a candidate that you were grooming to take over the mantle, I think voters would happily endorse your candidacy. Democrats cannot afford to have another fight between Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations MORE supporters and candidates deemed “better equipped” to win the general election. Democrats have to win. We have already lost a Supreme Court seat and will lose one, if not two, more with a Trump re-election. Our country is bursting at the seams as it is. You may be the only glue that can hold this broken nation together. So I ask you to consider one last mission. Your party needs you. Your country needs you. We all need you.

Michael Starr Hopkins is an attorney and former member of the presidential campaigns of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump offers to limit his border wall to strategic locations Americans need an economy that supports more than the 1 percent Pompeo’s retreat into chaos MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE. He regularly appears on Fox News and CNN to talk about national politics. You can follow him on Twitter  @TheOnlyHonest.