Those are somewhat amazing stories in the Post, Politico, & CNN about how strong Clinton is and how hard it would be for Biden to win the nomination. Note: they largely quote Clinton supporters and use her talking points.
Each story is written as if the email and trust issues have not emerged, or as if Sanders isn't running very close to her in early states.
If I were Biden I'd be cheered by the lengths to which Clinton is going to discourage him.
I think if he gets in and any more negative stuff comes out about emails/security etc., her numbers will drop significantly.
If Biden doesn't run, it will mean that he has looked at the race exclusively from the conventional wisdom perspective. From that vantage point he doesn't have a chance. But in fact he does have a chance, especially if he can demonstrate that he could advance an Obama/Warren agenda and isn't tainted, and then if one or two more negative revelations about Clinton occur. If he's already in the race then, he is the beneficiary. If he's not, then someone else will emerge.
I very much agree with this. The key question on the Democratic side now is: Will Biden be bluffed out of running by the Clinton machine?
Let's check in with the big 2016 news from last week: Jim Gilmore? He gone. From the CNN debate, that is. I expect he'll be formally gone from the race soon and whoever manages to scoop up his support will be in the driver's seat to Cleveland.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has doubled his support in the Democratic presidential primary since June while frontrunner Hillary Clinton has seen her support among primary voters nationally drop by more than 20 points in that same time. That's according to a new poll from Fox News that shows Clinton with 49 percent support to Sanders's 30 percent support.
Joe Biden was a liberal hero, fighting for birth control, when Maureen Dowd came for him. It was September 1987, and Robert Bork was before the Delaware senator’s Judiciary Committee. Biden was arguing that married couples have a right to privacy; Bork, in Biden’s retelling of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing, defended restrictions based on the “rationality standard in the law.”
Joe Biden considered resigning the vice presidency to help his dying son battle brain cancer. The revelation is buried in a New York Times story reporting that friends of the vice president are conflicted on whether he should challenge Clinton for the presidency.
Joe Biden, who is considering a run for president, posed today in front of reporters with Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Should Biden decide to run for president, he'd face Hillary Clinton, whom Power called a "monster" in the 2008 campaign.
Reporters captured the photo and shared it on Twitter:
Based on her latest column, Maureen Dowd is not a fan of Hillary Clinton's campaign run. But how do the Times's readers feel? It's a guilty pleasure of mine (or a bad habit) to read comment sections in order to gauge the mood out there. At the New York Times, however, comments are broken into three sections—All, Readers' Picks, and NYT Picks. The All section is a rabbit hole. A subthread can go on for hundreds of comments, none of them addressing the column but rather a reader who mentioned Hubert Humphrey and Vietnam. So I skipped ahead to the ultrafiltered NYT Picks—letters, if you will, selected by the Times as noteworthy. Here's where it got interesting.
ABC reports this morning that Vice President Joe Biden's political team is ramping up. ABC sources its reporting to Biden's political advisers.
"This morning, the strongest signs yet that Joe Biden might be ready to run. The vice president's advisers telling ABC News, his political team has been ramping up in recent days, entering what they call a more active phase," ABC reports.
Donald Trump, to borrow a phrase, is “dead to me.” Well, not exactly, but in a radio interview Wednesday with a San Francisco-based nutritionist, Trump did indulge in one of modern politicians’ most irritating habits: praising the airports in developing countries like China, and lamenting the “third world” airports we supposedly have here in the United States.