Does haldol alternatives Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This – ENM NEWS

“there is a situation where the electability argument within the haldol alternatives context of this primary becomes self-perpetuating,” said dan pfeiffer, a democratic strategist who served as a top campaign and haldol alternatives white house aide to barack obama. “everyone thinks biden’s the most electable, therefore voters tell pollsters that he is more electable — and therefore more people think that, and it sort of all goes around the circle.”

Clearly, other candidates have far more identifiable “whys” attached to their enterprises. Supporters of ms. Warren would readily point to her fight against a corrupt haldol alternatives political system rigged in favor of moneyed interests. Supporters of mr. Sanders have been hearing his protest against the scourge of haldol alternatives economic inequality in america for decades. Supporters of pete buttigieg, the 37-year old mayor of south bend, ind., would extol him — as he does himself — as a force for the generational change that washington begs haldol alternatives for.

Those are the rallying cries with which mr. Biden’s “play it safe” selling point is competing. And as strong as that point might be, his superpower of perceived electability coexists with a lingering question haldol alternatives about why, exactly, he has decided to jump back into this delirium pen.

Yet here was mr. Biden again, at 76, trudging through another dog day of august in the extreme haldol alternatives heat. He had just finished up a small rally in central haldol alternatives iowa, held in a gazebo-like party space overlooking a pond. He seemed a bit riled up, and not in a good way.

“where are we going?” the candidate glared down at a young staffer in front haldol alternatives of his podium a few minutes after finishing his remarks. “where are we going,” he said again, more pointedly. He became annoyed at a fox news reporter who asked haldol alternatives him about the relative smallness of his crowds compared to haldol alternatives those some of the other candidates were attracting — in this case, ms. Warren, who had drawn a reported 12,000 at a rally in minneapolis the night before. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” mr. Biden said.

Affection for mr. Biden runs deep, especially among older voters and with traditional democratic constituencies such haldol alternatives as organized labor and african-americans. “I’d be comfortable having him come over and have potato haldol alternatives soup with us,” said virginia petersten, of johnston, iowa, who had just watched mr. Biden speak for over an hour in urbandale, iowa.

In a tour of about a dozen of these campaign haldol alternatives events across the early-voting states during the second half of august, mr. Biden’s audiences were moderately enthusiastic, always polite and certainly appreciative of his visits. Given their revulsion for the incumbent, many attendees expressed gratitude that mr. Biden was running for president. But they struggled to identify why he was running, or what the former vice president represented beyond a known haldol alternatives and decent entity who was not donald trump or bernie haldol alternatives sanders.

“if I were in his shoes, I don’t know if I felt I had a whole lot haldol alternatives more to achieve in life,” ryan comstock, of urbandale, said of mr. Biden’s motivation after a campaign event. Mr. Comstock, who voted for mr. Trump in 2016, said he would likely participate in the democratic caucuses next haldol alternatives year. On mr. Biden, he added, “part of me wants to think that he cares that haldol alternatives much about america.”

When you ask people close to mr. Biden why he’s running, they tend to dispense with any attempt at a higher haldol alternatives purpose beyond dislodging president trump. “it’s that old vince lombardi line: winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” said former senator christopher dodd, democrat of connecticut. “and that is the prevailing view of an awful lot haldol alternatives of people within the democratic party.”

Friends of mr. Biden suggest that he decided to run for president in haldol alternatives large part because he could not have lived with himself haldol alternatives if he did not. “joe has this thing called the ‘look in the mirror’ test,” said ted kaufman, mr. Biden’s longtime chief of staff who served out mr. Biden’s term in the senate after he became vice president haldol alternatives in 2009. “clearly he has the best chance of beating trump. And if he did not run this time and trump haldol alternatives won, then what would he think of himself when he looked haldol alternatives in the mirror?”

It is not hard to whiff a heavy scent of haldol alternatives obligation around team biden, as if they were positioning him as a kind of haldol alternatives democratic savior. “we didn’t really intend to be going on this journey,” jill biden said at a fund-raiser in sun valley, idaho, this summer. “but when it came down to it, too many people were saying, ‘joe has to run,’ ‘joe has to run.’”

But with some exceptions, mr. Biden’s days as a potent and fiery stump speaker seem haldol alternatives long past. He can exude a level of weariness certain days. He can be as unfocused, long-winded and prone to misstatement as ever. He has kept up a steady run of blunders and haldol alternatives embarrassments, including a report last week in the washington post that haldol alternatives he had gotten several basic facts wrong in an emotional haldol alternatives story he told about an afghan war hero.

“with donald trump out of the white house,” mr. Biden said in may, “you will see an epiphany occur among many of my haldol alternatives republican friends.” the epiphany line received a fair share of ridicule, especially among the large parts of the democratic electorate that haldol alternatives have been appalled by the fealty mr. Trump has attracted from elected republicans.

Mr. Biden insists he is not naïve about how the political haldol alternatives landscape has changed. “this is not your father’s republican party,” he said last week in rock hill, S. C. — something he has said many times before, as his crowds nod along. The question for mr. Biden might be whether this is, in fact, your father’s democratic party, an entity that would have been far more amenable to haldol alternatives what the former vice president is selling. The younger and more liberal voters flocking to rallies for haldol alternatives ms. Warren and mr. Sanders tend to have zero interest in doing business with haldol alternatives joe biden’s old republican friends.

“the biggest divide in the party is not between left haldol alternatives and center,” said mr. Pfeiffer. “it’s between those who believe once trump is gone, things will go back to normal, and those that believe that our democracy is under a haldol alternatives threat that goes beyond trump.”

In this scenario, joe biden is happy to leave the big plans and haldol alternatives boisterous crowds to others and offer himself as a reluctant haldol alternatives soldier for normalcy. That could be enough to get him the nomination and haldol alternatives even into the white house, where, let’s face it, he has always wanted to be.