Joe Biden's great shot at the presidency

Why pundits chuckling about Biden's inevitable flameout are kidding themselves

Joe Biden.
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The moment that progressive Democrats have dreaded for months finally arrived yesterday, as former Vice President Joe Biden announced his campaign for president via a video that leaned heavily on criticizing President Trump's "very fine people" response to the infamous 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "And in that moment," Biden intones, "I knew that the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime."

One can wonder why Biden didn't have that moment earlier — perhaps when candidate Trump promised to ban all Muslims from entering the United States — while still recognizing that Biden might be underrated by most media observers. Certainly a lot of people who spend their days and nights parked on Twitter, where the activists stan hard for Bernie Sanders and the wonks go wild for Elizabeth Warren, seem to think that Biden's candidacy will evaporate once his half-full pot of water is put on the 24-7 burner of the actual primary.

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