From the day he announced his candidacy, if not before, Joe Biden has been my choice for the Democratic nominee for president. His age didn’t bother me and his experience and qualifications were second to none.
In the first Democratic “debate,” however, he left me unimpressed. Just warming up, I thought. Hasn’t gotten his sea legs yet. Several more debates followed and I didn’t watch them. I was and am so tired of politics … and besides, I already knew who I was going to vote for. I did watch the January 14 debate and was concerned that Biden still looked — how shall I say it — old. Maybe too old? I still liked his ideas and his moderate positions, but doubt began to creep in.
Then came the February 7 debate. Okay, I thought, I’m going to watch this. And I did, for 90 minutes. But when I realized we were only halfway through, I gave up. I was tired, and everything sounded so repetitive. Except Biden himself seemed tired and defensive compared to the other candidates. I was disappointed. This was the eighth debate and yet Biden still seemed to be floundering. Or trying too hard. Or something. I don’t know how to describe it but my support for him has slipped quite a bit.
In his place … for the moment, anyway … Buttigieg or Klobuchar. The former may be too young, the latter not strong enough in the polls. But both keep rising in my estimation.
Yes, I agree with almost everything Bloomberg stands for (the exceptions being stop-and-frisk and that silly tax on large soft drinks) but I’m still put off by how he’s running his race. And Colorado’s own Michael Bennet is still running. Why, I’m not sure, since he doesn’t even show up in the debates or polls. A bright, honest moderate, but still the candidate that no one has heard of.
So here we are. The New Hampshire primary — the first real primary — is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing the results.