Is Joe Biden going to run for president? Probably.

Joe Biden is leaning toward running for president. At least that’s what Jon Cooper, one of President Obama’s top bundlers in 2012, claims.

From The Washington Times:

Mr. Biden had been noncommittal about his plans for next year, though he never ruled out another run for president.

But after the death of his eldest son, Beau Biden, on May 30 after a battle with brain cancer, the vice president began to send the clearest signals yet that he intended to seek the top job. In a telling move, he advanced the time frame for announcing his plans from the end of summer to early August.

But it isn’t just the encouragement from his sons that is pushing Biden toward entering the race. To hear Cooper tell it, it’s more likely that he’ll throw his hat into the ring because he thinks he can raise enough money to be competitive against Hillary Clinton. Again from the Times:

Mr. Cooper said he found a receptive audience when surveying the network of Democratic bundlers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with about 30 percent pledging support for Mr. Biden if he enters the race.

He said many of Mr. Obama’s bundlers, including himself, couldn’t get excited about Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, with some resigned to sitting out the presidential race next year and others eagerly searching for an alternative candidate who inspires them.

Mr. Biden would fit the bill easily, he said.

There are other reasons to believe that Biden could contend. There is clear ideological space between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in which Biden can fit, and he has the establishment bona fides to match Clinton’s. That will allow him to be taken seriously by the media in a way that Sanders isn’t — as shameful of a statement about our current media climate as that is.

Joe Biden, via Wikimedia Commons

Joe Biden, via Wikimedia Commons

Those establishment credentials also mean that he will likely draw more support, proportionally, from Hillary’s current supporters than he will from Sanders, who has an increasingly tight grip on both his own base of pro-Sanders voters and the ardently anti-Hillary bloc. Biden’s base is in the (very large) group of Democrats who don’t find Sanders electable enough to actively support but, as Cooper outlined, don’t see in Hillary Clinton a candidate worth getting excited about.

What’s more, Biden is a real person in a way that Clinton isn’t, which has proven to be one of Sanders’s biggest advantages on the trail. When Hillary Clinton talks about economic inequality, you can tell she doesn’t really mean it — and her Wall Street financiers aren’t concerned that any real changes are on the way. Joe Biden may not be calling for the political revolution that Sanders is, but when he gets serious he speaks with authority.

The common portrayal of Biden as the Yogi Berra of politics — an above-average old-timer with a penchant for saying things that make a nonsensical kind of sense — is largely a construction. His comical gaffes get attention, but if and when the Vice President gets on the trail he’ll have a lot more to offer.

 


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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9 Responses to “Is Joe Biden going to run for president? Probably.”

  1. Jman82 says:

    The Dem decision makers need to do the right thing and let VP Biden run! If the party is afraid of challenging Clinton, then I’m afraid to vote for Clinton. The President needs to be able to face and handle challenges and adversity.

  2. LanceThruster says:

    No matter what…to me, it’s all about the SCOTUS picks.

    —–

    “One of the damages contemporary media and advertising have done to
    politics is to turn our elections overwhelmingly into a choice between
    purported icons rather than between the programs of competing political
    parties. We become obsessed with candidates to an extent that we forget
    that even presidents are just part of a much larger political picture.
    We ignore the fact that, even if we don’t like any of the candidates, we
    can at least pick the best battlefield to fight upon.”

    ~ Sam Smith

    http://prorevnews.blogspot.com/2015/07/voting-in-mafia-neighborhood-called.html

  3. FleeTheBubble says:

    Miscalculation. All Biden will do is take votes from Hillary. Bernie Sanders is getting support precisely because he isn’t an establishment candidate. While Biden is certainly more honest and more intelligent than Hillary Clinton, he’s still a centrist Democrat.

  4. FleeTheBubble says:

    I see very little difference between Biden and the other corporate Democrats.

    As far as Bernie’s electability, I cannot understand the Democratic Party’s thinking on this. He is highly electable and does very well with independents and conservatives in this state.

    I think this unelectability nonsense is all the establishment Democrats have because they do not know how to attack an honest man and Bernie Sanders threatens their power.

  5. 2karmanot says:

    Joe Biden for Presnit….yawn

  6. Hue-Man says:

    He would be a saner candidate than anyone currently in the TeaParty/GOP clown car.

  7. dcinsider says:

    I am going to disagree that Clinton is so disingenuous about income inequality. I think she is sincere, even though her allegiance to corporate interests might appear to betray that sincerity.

    I’d welcome Biden tot he race. No clue who I would vote for yet, but Biden will strengthen Clinton as a candidate, and vice-versa, in ways that Bernie Sanders cannot.

    Plus, Bernie cannot win. So with Biden n the race, the Democrats get a choice. No downside here.

    Go Joe!

  8. Robin Salvadori Allison says:

    Run Joe Run.

  9. Bill_Perdue says:

    Biden is an old style machine politician. The Daleys have nothing on him .

    Biden is an anti-worker hypocrite of the worst kind. As the Senator from Bank of America he did what he was told to do by the banks. Biden’s Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 should have been renamed the Predatory Lenders Enabling act of 2005.

    His Bankruptcy Act made it much more difficult for workers and consumers to file for bankruptcy and erase debts to predatory lenders and was part of the bipartisan package that included Clintons signatures on NAFTA and the law deregulating predatory lending practices, the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB and Bushes tax cuts for the rich. Biden’s banker’s bill help fuel the economic crash that began in 2007. Graft and corruption come in a variety of ways and Biden is familiar with most of them.

    Biden is a sick cold war liberal who vocally supported Bush’s invasion of Iraq. He voted for the Paytriot Act and its renewal. He voted for DOMA.

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