The news that former senator and vice president Joe Biden is running for the democratic presidential nomination is unlikely to shock anyone with even a passing interest in politics.
Biden's interest in the nomination has been an open secret for months, but it just became official this morning, when the beloved but controversial 76-year-old officially announced the start of his campaign on YouTube:
Eschewing the usual introduction and statement of purpose, Biden opted instead to immediately go for the jugular with some very pointed comments about President Donald Trump.
Biden began by discussing the violent white supremacist demonstrations that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
After a vivid description of neo-Nazis with "crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and bearing the fangs of racism" Biden addressed Trump's shocking comments in the aftermath of the riots.
"He said there were 'some very fine people on both sides,'" Biden recalled. "Very fine people on both sides?"
"With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it," he added.
"And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime."
In the short time since the video's release, there have been numerous thinkpieces devoted to Biden's opening salvo:
Some say it's his way of assuring skeptical voters that this is no vanity campaign and that he's throwing his hat in the ring for the good of the nation.
Others believe he's hoping to demonstrate that of all the Democratic candidates, he's the only one who's tough enough to take on Trump.
Whatever the case, one thing is abundantly clear -- Uncle Joe ain't playin'.
"If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen," Biden continued.
Throughout his announcement, Biden was brutal in his assessment of Trump, but as many critics have pointed out, he had little to say with regard to his own policies and ideologies.
Perhaps the Biden campaign feels that there will be plenty of time to outline a platform in the debates to come.
And staffers may have reasoned that -- regardless of what the former VP says -- voters will be focused on the Biden vs. Trump narrative that's been in and out of the headlines for years now.
This may be the first time that our two major party presidential candidates have threatened one another with physical violence.
It will certainly be the first time that one candidate posted a video in which the other is seen fondling himself.
Needless to say, if Biden scores the nomination, we're in for quite a fight.