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Biden Looking Like a Candidate

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Vice President Joe Biden has basically decided to run for president, though it is still possible he could change his mind if he decides his grief over his son’s death is haunting him to too great a degree.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Vice President Joe Biden’s aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race, and their discussions have shifted toward the timing of an announcement, said people familiar with the matter.

While the Biden team is still debating the best time to jump in, the vice president met Monday with his political advisers and talked about the merits of an early entry that would assure him a place in the Democratic debate scheduled for Oct. 13. They also are honing his campaign message and moving ahead with plans to raise money and hire staff, the people said.

The vice president could still back out if he finds the emotional toll from the death of his elder son, Beau Biden, too much to overcome. But the shift in the deliberations to the timing of an announcement is a fresh sign that he is moving closer to a bid.

“It’s my sense that this is happening, unless they change their minds,” said one person who spoke to Biden aides last weekend.

Someone also reportedly overheard a Biden fundraiser on an Amtrak train saying the vice president was “100 percent” running.

My advice: get in as late as possible and cruise through the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries on a wave of Bidenmania before people remember that you’re Joe Biden.

Biden Plays Race Card Against Trump

Vice President Joe Biden has injected race into the presidential campaign — by linking Donald Trump, the popular GOP front-runner, with xenophobic and racist movements of the past.

The line of attack augers a broader war against Trump and his ideas about immigration, one waged by both Democrats and establishment Republicans that charges Trump is stirring latent intolerance within the GOP.

Speaking during a celebration at the vice president’s residence of Hispanic Heritage Month, Biden charged that Trump was a throwback to the Know Nothing Party, a sometimes violently anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant movement that flourished briefly in the 1850s.

“I want you to remember, notwithstanding the fact that one guy absolutely denigrated an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn’t occurred in a long time, since the Know Nothing party at the end of the 19th century.”

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama talk in the Blue Room of the White House before hosting a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, May 27, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Biden said Trump is offering a “sick message” on immigration, linking him to past racism in America by invoking the 1960s civil rights theme, “We Shall Overcome.”

“It’s about a sick message,” Biden said. “This message has been tried on America many times before. We always, always, always, always, always overcome.”

By invoking past bigotry to a Hispanic audience, Biden is implicitly casting as racist Trump’s wildly enthusiastic backers, who according to polls make up nearly a third of the Republican Party.

Suggestions of intolerance against those concerned about too much immigration from Mexico and Central America are not unique to Democrats. The Wall Street Journal editorial page regularly rings with the charge that nativism animates those who want to slow immigration.

Speaking in 2011 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, former President George W. Bush suggested xenophobia was driving views not just on immigration, but on trade and non-interventionism in foreign wars as well.

“What’s interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some ‘isms’ that occasionally pop up — pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism,” Bush said.

“So if you study the ’20s, for example, there was — there was an American first policy that said who cares what happens in Europe?” he continued. “And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians, therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we’ve been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I’m a little concerned that we may be going through the same period.”

Biden’s remarks have the ring of an incipient presidential campaign, for which corralling Latino voters — both in the primaries and the general election — will be critical. And the attack indicates Biden is willing to take the nasty campaign President Obama ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 and double down on the vitriol.

Biden suggested Trump lacks decency.

“The American people are decent,” Biden said. “I don’t want anybody to be down right now about what’s going on in the Republican Party.”

Biden seemed to contrast Trump’s message with that of Pope Francis, who visits the United States next week.

Shortly after the GOP debate, “the most popular man in the world is about to come to the United States of America,” Biden said. “Why is he so popular? Because he says, ‘Whatever you do unto the least of my brethren you do unto me.’”

While denigrating millions of Republicans, Biden tried to also cast himself as benevolent, suggesting he wasn’t talking about most in the GOP and that Trump backers would change their views.

“This will pass,” Biden said. “The Trump and that stuff you’re hearing on the other team” isn’t about Democrat, Republican.

“Look, you’re talking about somebody who’s talking about a minority within a minority party within a minority,” Biden said.

Actually, the Republican Party is the majority party, in charge of both houses of Congress.

This post first appeared on the other website I edit, PoliZette.

Signs Begin to Point to Biden Getting in

It’s looking increasingly like Vice President Biden is going to jump into the race.

Nothing’s for sure, of course. He is genuinely still grieving over the death of his son Beau. But I think it’s better than 50-50 now that he gets in. And that’s how Beau would have wanted it.

Biden is doing an event in South Florida today, where the campaign money is; he will be appearing at a Labor Day event Monday with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and he will appear on Steve Colbert’s new Late Show next week. These are things presidential candidates do, not grieving old men.

Meantime, according to a new Reuters poll, more than 38 percent say they would want Biden to be the Democratic standard bearer if it looked like Hillary Clinton would lose to a Republican. Thirty percent said they would prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Here’s a pretty good montage from PoliZette of Biden gaffes, to celebrate the possibly Biden entry.

Obama May be Mulling Biden Endorsement

The White House today suggested President Obama may be leaning toward endorsing Vice President Biden should Biden run for president, seeming to put him in a class by himself when it comes to electability.

Josh Earnest briefed the press today as Biden and Obama shared lunch:

I’ll just say that the vice president is somebody who has already run for president twice. He’s been on a national ticket through two election cycles now, both in 2008 and in the reelection of 2012. So I think you could make the case that there is probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign.

The “no one in American politics today” phrase would seem very pointedly directed at Hillary Clinton.

Earnest didn’t rule out Obama making an endorsement during the primaries, and he noted that Obama will vote in the Illinois primary, meaning he will indeed make a choice.

One thing to remember as this unfolds: Obama and Biden have simply been joined at the hip the last six and a half years. Biden attends every meeting Obama is in. He is among Obama’s closest advisors, perhaps – after Valerie Jarrett – his closest.

The two men must get along very well to spend so much time together. I think Obama would feel remiss if he didn’t support Biden.

Biden Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch

Vice President Joe Biden is having lunch with President Obama on Monday as a decision on whether he will run for the presidency in 2016 appears near (if it hasn’t already been made). No doubt Biden’s intentions are on the menu.

The lunch occurs with both men just back from their summer vacations. After a stay in the golf haven Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Biden has been in Wilmington, Delaware, for the past several days apparently mulling his options. Obama returned Sunday from his annual two-week Martha’s Vineyard sojourn.

Biden “is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date,” the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Chuck Todd, the well-connected moderator of “Meet the Press,” said Biden “wants to run” for president and is “looking for a way in.”

Biden’s session with Obama follows a powwow he held Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for which he made a rare weekend trip to Washington, D.C. Biden usually spends his weekends at home in Wilmington. The meeting was not on Biden’s publicly announced schedule, which had him in Delaware.

While details coming out of the Warren-Biden summit are few, the discussion between the two most highly touted potential entrants into the Democratic field almost certainly was about who might get in and when.

A Biden announcement with Warren at his side would create an immense stir, signaling to the liberal, activist wing of the party that Biden had the imprimatur of de facto leader. Warren’s support would help Biden seize the mantle as chief challenger of Hillary Clinton from Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont who has been speaking to enthusiastic crowds all summer.

The vice president, meanwhile, tapped a new communications director with presidential campaign experience. Kate Bedingfield, who comes to the VP’s office from the powerful post of top spokesperson for the film industry’s trade association, also served on John Edwards’ failed 2008 campaign.

This article first appeared today on LifeZette.

Chuck Todd: Democratic Base “Uninspired” by Hillary

NBC’s Chuck Todd Friday morning noted that the Democratic base, while it will vote for Hillary, doesn’t particularly adore her.

This is important because it means that she can’t win the election in the way President Obama did – by grabbing the Democratic Party on the left side and squeezing out every vote possible.

But it also provides room for two people who are talking about getting in, Joe Biden and Al Gore, to jump into the primaries.

I know you think they are clowns, but they both have the ability to get lefty Democrats to the polls. And their ideas aren’t as far out of the mainstream as those of Socialist Bernie Sanders. And that could be more dangerous for Republicans than many think.

Jon Conradi has more on the Biden-Gore possibility at LifeZette.

Biden Returns to Work

Vice President Joe Biden returned to the White House Wednesday following the weekend funeral of his son Beau. Biden’s schedule includes lunch with President Obama and a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He’ll return to Wilmington, Delaware later this afternoon. Wishing him all the best. Continue Reading

Video || Joe Biden, Creepy Uncle

Joe’s latest weirdness earned him a Letterman top ten appearance. “There is no circumstance under which a man has a right to touch a woman without her consent other than self-defense. We are changing the attitudes of America about what constitutes appropriate behavior on the part of a man with a woman.” – Joe Biden,… Continue Reading