Why Biden's 2020 Run Would Be Great For Feminism
Vice President Joe Biden swooped in after this year's election to save us with a crop of memes, and he may rescue the American public again by running for president in 2020. Biden — never one for the tiptoeing so common among politicians — rather bluntly hinted that he had plans to run for the position in four years. This obviously paints a very different possibility than what voters saw this year. (Some even predict that Biden would have been victorious over Trump, had the vice president decided to run.) But at this point, that's neither here nor there — what matters is that Biden offers a ray of hope for those feeling beaten down by the election.
Biden let reporters in on this possibility while on Capitol Hill on Monday. He told them: "I"m going to run in 2020." "For what?" one reporter asked. "For president," Biden clarified. In a recording of the exchange from NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell, some reporters can be heard laughing after his remark. Biden, in his typical off the cuff fashion, added: "What the hell man, anyway."
But it doesn't seem that Biden was joking, though he likely won't be rolling out an official announcement anytime soon. When asked if he was actually serious about running again in four years (Biden would be 77 during the potential campaign), he paused, then responded, "I'm not committing to not running. I'm not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago that fate has a strange way of intervening."
And as fate may have it, Biden might be the perfect choice in 2020 to help undo some of the unforeseeable damage that will be caused by a Trump presidency. The hope is that he could pick up the pieces of Obama's legacy to rework into something tangible in the post-Trump era.
As voters have seen for decades, Biden has also heralded feminist causes. Biden drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act legislation while in the senate, and just this year, we saw him champion the Stanford sexual assault survivor with his open letter to her. These actions show that not only could Biden work to fix the problems Trump will cause for women, he would actively take on women's issues.
So while he may have not fully committing to running, Biden can still be that sliver of feminist hope we need to get us through to 2020.