Joe Biden for President? Ice cream lovers around the country would certainly rejoice if Biden decided to run for 2020, I think. In fact, many political pundits believed former Vice President Biden should have run in 2016. It turns out, President Obama's BFF might agree. Biden spoke out about Hillary Clinton earlier this week at the SALT conference in Las Vegas. And reportedly hinted that perhaps he might have been the better candidate. Which, sorry to say Biden, and you know how much I love you, feels a whole lot like kicking a girl when she's down.
According to Fusion reporter Hamilton Noah, Biden was less than complimentary about the former Democratic presidential candidate. He reportedly said that he "never thought she was the correct candidate." While Biden was on a roll (and the crowd reportedly cheering him on), he continued by explaining who he thought might have been a better choice. "I thought I was the correct candidate." Apparently, Biden believes that he would have been the candidate to put the brakes on the Trump train when Hillary Clinton couldn't; despite having won the popular vote, President Trump beat out Clinton in November to become the 45th President of the United States. As if you needed me to remind you. Biden told the crowd at SkyBridge Capital that he figures he would have been the one to beat Trump.
This isn't the first time Biden has gone public with his thoughts on what his chances might have been in the 2016 election; in March, Biden gave a speech at Colgate University in New York expressing his regret at not having run for president, according to The Hill:
I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won. I don't know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won. I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party's nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president.
As for Clinton, Biden said:
No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for the that moment in the nation's history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country.
Biden himself chose not to run for president to be with his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who was battling cancer at the time. He said he clearly did not regret his time with his son (who died in 2015 at the age of 46), but that he felt he would have done a good job as president.
But do I regret not being president? Yes, I was the best qualified.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a diehard Biden fan. But I am bone-deep tired of this type of arrogance too. Hillary Clinton lost the election, but that doesn't mean she wasn't qualified. And yes, Biden is a likable curmudgeon, a sweet, ice-cream eating, bromance kind of guy. I love him to pieces. But is he more qualified than Hillary Clinton? Probably not. And I'm especially not a fan of branding himself a would-be winner long after the race is won.
Joe Biden, don't be that guy. It's beneath you.