The one-year countdown is on to the crucial Iowa caucuses in 2020, and the best hope for Democrats appears to be a former vice president known for groping women and making eye-opening gaffes.
According to a recent poll by Emerson College, Joe Biden is the only potential candidate who can defeat President Trump on Election Day in 2020. In a direct match-up with Trump, the survey predicted Biden ---who has not announced he is running --- defeats the president 51-to-49 percent.
In fact, 76-year-old Biden led the Democratic field with almost 30 percent of the vote, far ahead of fellow Democrats who have announced their candidacy. That represents a 10-point advantage over senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, and a 20-point advantage over Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
"If the Democratic Party wakes up, it will begin to look for someone who has ties to the historic Democratic Party and right now Joe Biden is the only one who does," advises Dr. Charles Dunn, a retired Clemson University political scientist who speaks often to OneNewsNow about the political landscape of the day.
Despite media accusations of a disorganized campaign, and an all-but-certain defeat, Trump famously swept key Rust Belt states on election night.
That surprise victory came after Hillary Clinton and arrogant campaign staffers ignored worrisome reports from states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, where loyal campaign volunteers could see the inevitable, history-making Clinton win shifting to Trump in the closing weeks.
Looking back at the 2016 race, political observers are suggesting that Biden could prove to be a spoiler to Trump in the Midwest, where Biden could peel away blue-collar workers from Trump and his populist "America First" message, thus upsetting a Trump victory in those crucial states.
According to RealClearPolitics, polling dating back to December shows Biden leading rival Democrats by double digits, with avowed socialist Bernie Sanders trailing second in every poll. The newest poll, a Monmouth poll released February 4, shows Biden at 29 and Sanders at 16.
The declared Democratic candidates, meanwhile, are attempting to outdo each other over taxing the ultra-rich, and some are openly calling for eliminating private health insurance in favor of the "Medicare-for-all" plan long pushed by Sanders.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the current darling of the Far Left, is making headlines this week for releasing details of her "Green New Deal" plan to save the planet, including the cost: $7 trillion.
The plan would lead to no more greenhouse gas emissions by all but eliminating fossil fuels, but a letter she sent to fellow Democrats promises a "fair and just transition for communities and workers."
Sen. Harris and Sen. Warren are among Democrats backing the plan.
"Right now," Dunn says, "Cortez, and Harris, and Warren, and the list goes on and on, are advocating ideas and polices that are certainly out of the mainstream. And you could go far as to say they're un-American. Well, how do you win? That's not a winnable proposition."