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Former Vice President Joe Biden takes off sunglasses as he delivers the annual Harvard College Class Day address, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 9, 2019 3:07 p.m.

TPM Reader AC shares his thoughts on Biden …

You know I love TPM. You know that I have a deep respect for the team you’ve put together and the work that they do. You know I love your writing and the amount of depth you provide in terms of thinking about contemporary politics through a historical lens. And you know that very little matters more than the words someone types or says after “But…”

If one’s only concern is defeating Trump and winning in November 2020, then Joe Biden is absolutely the strongest candidate. He has high name recognition. He has a close association with Barack Obama. He’s an establishment candidate with strong ties to the Democratic Party apparatus. He’s straight out of central casting when it comes to offering a sane, safe alternative to Donald Trump. BUT… Joe Biden is also one of the weakest candidates, and the hand-waving necessary to ignore what he would represent as the nominee of the Democratic Party is a different version of the same hand-waving that was being done on behalf of Hillary Clinton in the run up to 2016.

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