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  •  Biden/??? 2016? (1+ / 0-)
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    Assuming Hillary doesn't run (which her current health issues make even less likely than IMO it already was) -- seems to me the Democratic Party could do a lot worse than nominate Biden, presumably for only one term, with a VP like Antonio Villagairoso (younger, dynamic, non-WASP/white Catholic), who would then be well-positioned for 2020.

    That would provide a great continuity and transition to the deep bench of up-and-coming leaders, solidify the Hispanic vote, etc. etc.

    •  Biden is old as dirt (0+ / 0-)

      Not that it stopped Reagan from running.

    •  At 60... (0+ / 0-)

      ...John Kerry was the oldest first-time Democratic party candidate for president in at least a hundred years. Nominating Clinton, Biden, or even Mark Warner would be unprecedented. I'm not saying it won't happen, only that historically the party prefers younger candidates.

      For the record:

      Grover Cleveland, 46 in 1884
      William Jennings Bryan, 36 in 1896
      Alton B Parker, 52 in 1904
      Woodrow Wilson, 56 in 1912
      James M Cox, 50 in 1920
      John W Davis, 51 in 1924
      Al Smith, 55 in 1928
      Franklin Roosevelt, 50 in 1932
      Adlai Stevenson, 52 in 1952
      John Kennedy, 43 in 1960
      Hubert Humphrey, 57 in 1968
      George McGovern, 50 in 1972
      Jimmy Carter, 52 in 1976
      Walter Mondale, 54 in 1984
      Michael Dukakis, 55 in 1988
      Bill Clinton, 46 in 1992
      Al Gore, 52 in 2000
      John Kerry, 60 in 2004
      Barack Obama, 47 in 2008

      Harry Truman was 64 in 1948, but also an incumbent who did have to compete in a nominating process. Lyndon Johnson was 56 in 1964.

      "There is no room for injustice anywhere in the American mansion." Lyndon Johnson

      by pkgoode on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 11:34:22 AM PST

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