Joe Biden could be a leading player, but it certainly did not look like this in the Democratic debate last night. He looked tired, deviated from direct questions early and no matter what he did, could not cope with the fire that Kamala Harris threw: questions about why he opposed the school bus in the 1970s, or why he continued to advertise his ability to makes compromises during the day with his racist, segregating colleagues.
For a minute it seemed that the former vice president returned to the runway when he talked about immigration and his work, not only to provide health care for undocumented migrants, but also to end family divisions. His responses were informed and focused.
Perhaps the road is too smooth for Biden, so far. He took the time to jump into the presidential race and was immediately rewarded with media fanfare, fund raising and immediate election.
Well, that's a new day, Joe. The democratic sphere is full of serious, convincing candidates. Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Pit Buteigi gain strength and appear strong in the first debates. And they come for you. Voters are looking for a new conversation as a result of movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, March of the woman, and too frequent school shooting and police murders of unarmed black and brown citizens. At first, many predicted that Biden was the best bet to defeat President Trump. But last night Biden did not even look or sound, as if he could win the Democratic Party championship.
The road is about to break for Joe Biden. Roxana Jones Founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former ESPN vice president, producer, reporter and editor at New York Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Jones is a co-author of "Say Strong: An Illustrated Black Athlete's Story".