In a daring move, we're proposing a much needed conversation among the Democrats

What's driving Joe Biden to chase after a second term? And what exactly does he envision for America's future from January 2025 to January 2029? The Democratic Renegades urgently seek answers to these questions, driven by a sense of responsibility to the American people.

Maybe Joe Biden's reelection campaign is going badly because he never intended to run for a second term?

By ChatGPT | May 2024

Picture it's 1969: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin moonwalk their way into history, Woodstock is the grooviest party of the century, the Beatles release Abbey Road, and our main man Joe Biden starts his political journey by launching his campaign for a seat on the New Castle County Council.

Now let's fast forward to 1972. Delaware's Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs is eyeing retirement like a well-deserved vacay. Even politicians deserve to retire like the rest of us, right?

And if Senator Boggs had hung up his political hat, it would have been a huge pickup opportunity for the Democrats. Delaware At-Large Rep. Pete du Pont and Wilmington Mayor Harry G. Haskell Jr. would have likely gone head-to-head for the Dem nomination.

But Boggs didn't retire. Republican president Richard Nixon was like, "Nope, you're running again, buddy."

And guess what? Nobody wanted to face off against the beloved incumbent Senator Boggs.

Well, nobody except our fearless underdog, Joe Biden.

Now picture this: it's August 1972, and the polls show Joe trailing by a whopping 30 percentage points. The campaign was basically running on fumes, and people were like, "Joe who?"

But our boy Joe had that undeniable spark, that magical ability to connect with people through a warm smile and a handshake.

Joe went all-in on issues like Vietnam withdrawal, environmental protection, civil rights, mass transit, fairer taxation, health care, and shaking up politics as usual.

And that gave Joe the edge over Boggs, who, let's not forget, was basically arm-twisted into running again and wanted to retire.

Joe Biden pulled off the unthinkable, winning the November 1972 election by 3,162 votes. He was just 29 years old.

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Now, let's hit the fast-forward button. It's Election Night 2008, and after 36 years as a Senator, our man Joe Biden is running for Vice President of the United States against Sarah Palin.

And guess what? Joe wins!

And then, as if that wasn't enough, Joe Biden wins again in 2012!

After 36 years in the Senate, Joe spends another eight years in Washington as vice president. Barack Obama even gives Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom, calling Joe Biden "The best vice president America has ever had."

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Finally, on Friday, January 20, 2017 Joe Biden departs the White House after eight years as vice president.

And what's next on the agenda for our tireless hero?

Does Joe Biden kick back and relax?

Does he take it easy?

Does he retire?

No way, baby! Joe Biden sets his sights on the presidency!

Let's time travel back to December 2019. It's the 2020 Democratic primary, the Iowa Caucuses are two months away, and the Great Pandemic is still three months off.

The Democrats are in the middle of impeaching Donald Trump over his little chat with Ukraine's President Zelensky.

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Imagine you're on Joe Biden's campaign team. There's been more and more talk about Joe's age and whether he should just admit what everyone already knows: There's no freaking way he'll run for reelection in 2024 when he's 81 years old. Heck, he'd turn 82 right after winning a second term and wouldn't leave the White House until January 2029.

Some people on the campaign team are all, "Screw it, let's just announce a One Term Pledge. Everyone knows it already, so why not just be refreshingly honest?"

But others are like, "Are you kidding? You want Joe to become a lame duck president on day one? Plus, a One Term Pledge just highlights the age issue. It'll make us look weak!"

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Finally, after much heated debate, someone suggests a subtler approach, and everyone chills out.

Your press team rings up Ryan Lizza at POLITICO and sets up some anonymous chats with Biden advisors. And that's how, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Ryan Lizza wrote in POLITICO:

According to four people who regularly talk to Biden, all of whom asked for anonymity to discuss internal campaign matters, it is virtually inconceivable that he will run for reelection in 2024, when he would be the first octogenarian president.

“If Biden is elected,” a prominent adviser to the campaign said, “he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”

The adviser argued that public acknowledgment of that reality could help Biden mollify younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.

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By signaling that he will serve just one term and choosing a running mate and Cabinet that is young and diverse, Biden could offer himself to the Democratic primary electorate as the candidate best suited to defeat Trump as well as the candidate who can usher into power the party’s fresh faces.

“This makes Biden a good transition figure,” the adviser said. “I’d love to have an election this year for the next generation of leaders, but if I have to wait four years [in order to] to get rid of Trump, I’m willing to do it.”

"Let's just take a chill pill, get our man Joe elected, and then we can shake things up like there's no tomorrow in 2024," a Joe Biden advisor (Anita Dunn?) deliberately dished to POLITICO in December 2019, "because there's no freaking way our beloved Joe Biden is running again in 2024."


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Can we take a moment to remember the rollercoaster that was the Democratic presidential campaign during the first two months of 2020, in those wild pre-pandemic times?

Picture it: Iowa Caucuses, Monday, February 3, 2020.

The vote counting afterward was a colossal mess.

In the end, Mayor Pete snagged Iowa, technically, but it cost him his momentum. He claimed victory the night of the caucuses, but the next morning he had to backtrack, saying that just making it to Iowa was a win because nobody thought he'd get that far.

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Finally, Iowa was declared for Pete, but Bernie Sanders came in a very close second. And Elizabeth Warren grabbed third.

Joe Biden?

Well, he strutted in at fourth.

But next up was New Hampshire, where on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Bernie Sanders took the top spot.

But Mayor Pete was hot on his heels, losing by fewer than 4,000 votes out of nearly 300,000 cast. Amy Klobuchar snagged third. Elizabeth Warren came in fourth.

Our man Joe? He sashayed into fifth place.

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Then, a week and a half later, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, all eyes were glued to Nevada.

Bernie Sanders owned Nevada, winning with a fabulous 46.8% of the vote. Joe Biden strutted in second, but with only 20.2%.

Mayor Pete sashayed into third with 14.3%.

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So to recap: In the first three states, Mayor Pete went #1, #2, #3.

Bernie danced in at #2, #1, #1.

Joe Biden cha-cha'd into #4, #5, #2.

But what happened next will blow your mind.

Next on the agenda was South Carolina, just a week away on Saturday, February 29.

This was mere weeks before the Great Pandemic of 2020-2022 took center stage. But no everyday Americans were fretting yet.

With three days to go before the South Carolina primary, the godfather of South Carolina politics, Jim Clyburn, endorsed Joe.


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Now, most endorsements are a dime a dozen, but this one?

At this very moment?

Holy moly, it was like Joe Biden suddenly became the hottest ticket in town.

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Joe Biden won South Carolina with a stunning 48.6% of the vote. (Bernie managed to slide into second but was a whopping 30 points behind, with just 28.8%.)


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Then it was Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and suddenly, we went from one state voting at a time to 14 states voting all at once, and Joe Biden strutted his stuff, ready to slay.

After coming in fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, Joe Biden turned it all around, securing the 2020 nomination over the fabulous four-day period between February 29 and March 3.

Joe Biden then strutted on to defeat Donald Trump on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, less than four years after he and Barack Obama had bid adieu to the White House in January 2017.

And he promised he'd only stay for another four more years.

So given that there are a lot of people—a lot of voters—still unconvinced, now would be right time to kick it into high gear.

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Ok, ok! I know what you're thinking. Times have changed since Joe Biden gave America a little wink and said he wasn't going to run for a second term.

Sweet baby Jesus, we've had a freaking global pandemic, for crying out loud!

Alright listen up. The addition of the pandemic just adds to the arguments for why Joe Biden should not be president again, it doesn't take away from them. Because being president for the last four years was even more exhausting than anyone imagined.

And I guess the one other little tidbit I forgot to mention is that Joe Biden has already run for President not just in 2020 but also in 1988 and also in 2008 before he was selected VP.

But Joe Biden running for president has only worked out once.

And that win in 2020, my friends, well aren't you starting to worry that maybe that was the miracle?

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