Why Joe Biden should run

Story highlights

  • Tim Stanley: Biden has some advantages against Clinton that polls disguise
  • Biden's liberalism an authentic variety that Clinton struggles to articulate, he says

Timothy Stanley is a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph. He is the author of the new book "Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)Speculation is mounting that Vice President Joe Biden might join the presidential race. He should.

It would shake things up and inject some character into liberalism. In an ideal world, the Democrats would choose Biden and the Republicans would pick Donald Trump. And then we could have the loudest presidential debates in history.
Biden recently told ABC News that there is "a chance" that he might run and that, in his opinion, the race is "wide open."
    The former statement seems more probable than the latter. Part of the reason Biden has been quiet about his ambitions is that he likes to take counsel from his family -- and the family was recently struck by tragedy when he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer. Nevertheless, Beau was reportedly in favor of his father running, and his other son is believed to agree.
    The vice president might not regard this encouragement as enough reason to jump in, however. He may be emotionally exhausted; he may regard his two previous defeats as a sign that he doesn't have the right stuff. Or, as RealClearPolitics points out, he might look at Hillary Clinton's 50-point lead in the polls and judge that it's too high a mountain to climb.