Welcome to the race, Joe: Your party has left you, and millions of voters, behind
After years of speculation and false starts, it appears that Thursday is the day when Joe Biden will finally announce his third attempt at running for president.
He'll be in a good position, better than most, when he gets in.
"Pretty much 80 percent of the Democratic fundraising establishment are pretty much all on board," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Biden's key backers. According to reports, a number of big Wall Street donors have held off backing other candidates, waiting for Biden.
He's been leading the polls for months, well ahead of other candidates who have already announced, including Elizabeth Warren and rising star Pete Buttigieg.
He has nearly 100 percent name ID and will reportedly have a number of former President Obama's key staff on his team.
However, despite all this good fortune and circumstance, Biden is in for a rude, rude awakening when he actually makes it official.
This isn't your grandfather's -- or Joe Biden's -- Democratic Party anymore. His record, which includes backing the now-controversial 1994 crime bill, boosting the credit card industry, and disrespecting and dismissing Anita Hill's sexual harassment claims, puts him in a precarious place among progressives who view him through a distinctly 2019 prism. But it's also his bad luck of genetics and age that make him a target of the new left, who do not want an old white guy to be the next Democratic nominee.
The incoming he's already received, while not yet running, is just a small taste of what's to come.
Here was progressive commentator Joan Walsh on CNN:
"You've got Joe Biden as the white grandfather in all of this, the white man saying it's a white man's culture. OK. It's got to change. I have an idea for how he can change it. Don't run."