Saturday, August 29, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden Can Bid His Time
Run, Joe, Run Joe is leading the polls. Will Joe run? Will grief for Beau keep Joe from running? Will the third time be a charm? Joe is sucking the oxygen out of the air for the Democratic candidates, which is a mixed blessing for Secretary Hillary Clinton. The mainstream media is not paying as much attention to her foibles. No news is good news in her campaign. The media recognizes that at the present time she is a loser, but does not want to hand the election to a Republican. The media would love it if he enters the race. It would add excitement to the race. Yet, his polls would immediately drop as the public takes a closer look at the candidate. That’s been the norm for candidates in recent primary seasons. He has no reason to jump in now. If Hillary recovers from her current, self-imposed travails, then she will win the nomination. If her campaign in doomed, then he announces as the savior of the Democrats. Labor will immediately back him. Progressives will leave Senator Sanders for him, especially if he names Senator Elizabeth Warren as his Vice Presidential running mate. Trial lawyers will jump on the bandwagon. Hollywood will dump money on him. The media will line up behind him, excoriating the Republican nominee. President Obama will support his candidacy, probably raising money for him. Experienced Obama operatives will join his staff. The media will ignore his usual malapropisms unless one is especially egregious. He once claimed to have graduated in the first half of his law school class. The truth is that it was the top half of the bottom ten students. If he enters the race too early, then a drowning Clinton Campaign will run a vicious, no holds barred campaign against him. He knows this election will be his last hurrah, but he needs to win. His first two campaigns failed miserably, the first falling prey to rampant plagiarism in 1988 and the second in 2008 to less than 1% in Iowa. The potential to be a three-time loser is high. He has to realize that Vice President George H. W. Bush was the first sitting Vice President since Martin Van Buren in 1836 to win an election to the White House. It’s better for the Vice President to lay back, and wait for the right opportunity. He will wait.