Beau Knows
01-25-2010
For evidence of just how much the political landscape has changed for Democrats in the past year, you need look no further than today’s announcement by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden that he will not seek election to his father’s former U.S. Senate seat in 2010. A little over a year ago, the decision to run for the Senate seemed like a no-brainer for Biden. He had already been elected to statewide office, was about to do a tour in Iraq with his National Guard unit, and has a father who had just been elected vice president, after holding the Senate seat for 36 years. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Beau Biden would take the next step in his political career by following in his father’s footsteps to Congress.
 
It is true that Biden, who turns 41 in early February, still has plenty of time to run for Congress in the future, and he plans to stay in electoral politics by running for another term as Delaware’s attorney general. But Democrats have to be concerned that as more high-profile Democrats take a pass on various difficult races in 2010, candidate recruitment will become a serious problem. Then fears about holding onto a majority in Congress will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, in which the party experiences greater losses at the midterms than might otherwise be the case.


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