Vice President Joe Biden made the right decision Wednesday not to run for president.
Biden has a long and distinguished career as a Senator, former chairman of the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, and is well respected by his colleagues in the Senate and across the political community.
Saying all that, he had a minimal chance of beating Hillary Clinton. He is a not a strategic candidate. He is not the next generational candidate – he would have been the oldest person in the field.
He has never been a vote getter outside of his small state of Delaware. He is not always careful with his words and proved in his two prior runs for president, that he and his staff were mistake prone.
As Biden rambled on in his farewell speech, I was reminded of why he made the right decision. He is no Obama. He does not have the rhetorical skills needed today to win.
Joe Biden may be a well-liked man by many in Washington were he has lived and served his home state of Delaware for many years, but he was not going to be president or the nominee of the Democrat party.
As he rambled on in his farewell speech, I was reminded of why he made the right decision.
He is no Obama. He does not have the rhetorical skills needed today to win.
His campaign and speaking style reminded me of a bygone era when another vice president, Hubert Humphrey was an unsuccessful campaigner. They called Humphrey the "happy warrior!" Humphrey and Biden believed in never saying in a sentence what you can say in a paragraph.
In this day of sound bites, tweets, and short attention spans , Joe Biden's era may have passed. In spite of his claim of wanting to be active on the campaign trail next fall, this may really have been his farewell address.
His withdrawal benefits his party and Mrs. Clinton.
And, as usual, his speech was just about 10 minutes too long.
Edward J. Rollins is a Fox News contributor. He is a former assistant to President Reagan and he managed his reelection campaign. He is a senior presidential fellow at Hofstra University and a member of the Political Consultants Hall of Fame. He is a strategist for Great America PAC, an independant group that is supporting Donald Trump for president.