Biden’s In (the Race), Trump Is Out (of the Debates)

President Joe Biden speaks at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2023. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)


Joe Biden finally announced he was running again for president. At the risk of being that person: I told you so. 

I saw in the comments section recently that someone said my political takes were too “conventional.” This person preferred, “say, AB Stoddard’s bold prediction that Biden won’t run.” I know it’s fun to have someone tell you something juicy or something that you want to hear. But shouldn’t it matter just a little bit that I was right? Le sigh. 

As a former Biden senior adviser told me this morning, “You don’t run for president to serve four years; you run for eight.” Of course, Biden was always running again!! Haven’t any of you people ever met a politician?!?! 

Biden’s announcement video—which didn’t include an in-person event—opens with a shot of January 6 and the first words out of Biden’s mouth are “freedom.” Then he says the work of his first term has been “to fight for our democracy.” Like Seinfeld, one could describe this as a video about nothing. 

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