Joe Biden is Not Up For This.

Why his performance in the second debate further shows that he is a dangerous choice for the democratic nomination.

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Well night two of the second democratic debate is over, and once again Joe Biden did not have a very good night. Granted, it certainly wasn’t as bad as his first debate, but there is no denying that Joe Biden was not at his best. He did not stand out in any way shape or form, and — after a night of attacks,— became muddled in with the voices and perspectives of the other centrist candidates that dominated the stage. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just that. Throughout the course of the event Biden seemed slow in his rebuttals, inarticulate at times, and incredibly vulnerable.

Some of the most subtle yet encapsulating moments concerning Mr. Biden were when Senator Harris told him to think about what he was saying, and reflect when it comes to his healthcare plan, and Mr. Castro told him it didn’t appear he’s learned his lesson on immigration. In both instances, Biden fell short in defending himself.

There is no question about it anymore. Joe Biden has aged. Significantly.

There was a time when even those of us on the left were forced to acknowledge that Biden was an incredibly skilled debater, at least when it came to debating republicans like Paul Ryan. But last night, Biden was unable to effectively defend his record or his vision from even fellow moderate democrats.

While many of the candidates had at least a few good moments, most notably Tulsi Gabbard and Cory Booker, Biden really didn’t have one at all. He latched on to Obama in every instance where he deemed it to be politically convenient, to the point where it was blatantly obvious and embarrassing. But of course, he then distanced himself when challenged about the administration’s disastrous deportation record. Fellow candidate Cory Booker took the opportunity to point this out, and seized it. In another contentious moment Booker even went as far as to say he was shocked that Biden wanted to compare their records on criminal justice reform. Once again, Biden was steamrolled.

Overall, Biden just seemed exhausted and unable to articulate his thoughts or defend his record or lack of vision. Throughout the night he stumbled, yielded his time as he stumbled through the end of his statements, and continuously looked weak. When he mistakenly referred to Cory Booker as the President, rather than correcting himself and saying “excuse me, Senator” he said, “excuse me, the future President here”. Perhaps he thought it would be endearing, and overall it was harmless. However I have to admit it that personally I found it incredibly awkward and odd. But even that was nothing compared to his closing statements, when he couldn’t even tell voters the correct number to text to get involved with his campaign.

Main takeaway: Joe Biden is not up for this fight.

If we make the detrimental mistake of nominating Joe Biden, then we run the heightened risk of another four years of Donald Trump and the death of an already fragile republic. He is not equipped or sharp enough to handle the political climate we find ourselves in. The ever-growing left within his party has built a movement in which there is no more patience for his lack of vision and moderste approach, and the right is in a blatantly racist, increasingly fascist free-for-all. Two realities I’m not sure he has accepted yet. The more I hear him speak, the more confident I become in the idea that he will not turn out the vote in the way that’s necessary in order to beat the current occupant of the White House.

Now is simply not the time for a politician like Joe Biden.

While it is reassuring to see his poll numbers drop, I’m concerned that they aren’t dropping fast enough. It will be interesting to look at the polls in the coming days, and see if the rest of the American public viewed his performance in the same way I did. If history tells us anything, Joe Biden has obviously never succeeded in getting the nomination. I hope that will once again be the case.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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