The political world is holding its breath to see if Vice President Joe Biden will enter the Democratic fray for president.
A Biden candidacy would signal his belief that Hillary Clinton is beatable, a nagging suspicion in the wake of her mishandling of questions about the placement of her state department email account and classified material on her own, private server.
While Clinton’s poll numbers remain higher than those of her Democratic and Republican opponents, they have dropped substantially. She holds less than 50 percent among Democratic voters while Bernie Sanders has leapt from single-digit performance to 29 percent in one poll.
Donald Trump, who once trailed Clinton by more than 30 points in a head-to-head match up, trails her by only 5 or 6 percentage points amid a downpour of largely positive press coverage. Trump’s aggressive plain-spokenness has won over voters tired of political bullstuff. Contrast that to Clinton, who’s faux political persona and coy denials barely mask her ornery nature. Rightly or wrongly, she’s coming off as titanically disingenuous and is turning off voters.
Several questions face Democrats. First, have they invested in a damaged or losing cause by virtually crowning Hillary before the primaries have been held? Does continued support for her constitute a gamble?
On the other hand, how would a Biden candidacy distinguish itself from Clinton’s? Are there enough substantial differences that Democrats would switch from Clinton to Biden, or would it be mostly dependent on the question of character? Would Democrats view Biden’s candidacy as a way to keep the competition and debate healthy, or would they see him as a spoiler to what some view as a chance to make history by the election of the first female president?
Biden is a candidate who would be able to trumpet louder than anyone on either side of the aisle his national political resume. Whether one agrees with his particular stands, Biden’s decades in the senate, including stints as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and the Judiciary Committee, and his two terms as vice president, give him impeccable credentials.
The wild card for him might be Elizabeth Warren. Would she back Biden if he ran? Would she run on the ticket with him? Her presence could signal doom to Clinton’s candidacy, and she would be a step away from the White House, if she and Biden were elected. In fact, it would not be outside the realm of possibility, if Biden were to run and win, that he would serve one term and then step aside for Warren. At the end of a first term, Biden would be 78.
For some extra news on the possibility of a Biden run, see this article below. Beware! His decision could come quickly!