Friday, September 18, 2015

Run Joe Run!...

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With the growing interest in a Biden run it is apparent that the once presumable shoo-in to the democratic nomination has failed to ignite the kind of enthusiasm that will likely be needed to insure a democratic victory in November 2016. As the reasons for this are rather obvious there seems no need to point them out.

With HRC at 46%, Sanders at 27%, and the yet unannounced Biden at 16% there is the possibly that if Biden announces he would draw a sizable number of tepid HCR supporters away from the ex Secretary of State and he and Sanders would occupy the 1&2 slots. This would be a very positive development. A contest between two individuals who are genuine and unabashedly so. As opposed to HRC who is aloof, has questionable integrity, and really is a very unlikable person.

Imagine a head to head with Sanders and Biden down the finish line! Sanders would push a conversation that needs to occur and the more moderate Biden would have to respond, in which case the democratic voters would be faced with a real choice in the primaries. Should Sanders take the nomination that important conversation would be taken to the moribund GOP who has yet to understand a changing world.

I for one would relish this scenario.

Reuters - A group of prominent Democratic Party fundraisers on Friday began circulating a letter to encourage a hesitant Vice President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race for U.S. president.

The letter, signed by nearly 50 people, calls the Obama-Biden administration a "spectacular success." It cites job creation, a lower unemployment rate, new health insurance policies for nearly 9 million Americans and the end of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"To finish the job, America needs a leader who is respected both home and abroad, and who understands the real challenges facing American families. In our opinion, the next president must be Joe Biden. If he announces he’s running, we’re all in. It’s a campaign we know he will win," the letter says.

The signers are donors, Democratic activists and friends of Biden who have yet to throw their full support behind Hillary Clinton, the presumptive front-runner for the Democratic nomination to the November 2016 election. Their call is the most provocative yet for Biden to take her on and suggests a broad network backing the vice president is beginning to take shape.

The letter makes no mention of Clinton.

John Maa, a member of the Democratic National Committee’s national finance committee who is among the signers, said he was contacted this week by another finance committee member to see if he would support Biden financially.

Maa replied he would be happy to raise funds for Biden but that donors were becoming impatient. “Time is precious,” Maa said.

“I know many people who will gladly contribute, and I will absolutely try to organize,” he said.


Jon Cooper, the finance chairman of Draft Biden, a political action committee formed to advocate for Biden's entry into the race, said Biden has further support.

"For everyone who signed that letter, there are at least one or two more ready to commit to him the moment he says he's running," said Cooper, a Long Island, New York, businessman who raised funds for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012.


"Obviously, the race may be shaping up not as some people have expected and obviously Secretary Clinton has had some real issues with her campaign," said Asher, chief executive officer of William Hill US, a betting and gaming company in Las Vegas. "But you know I’m not a supporter of Joe Biden because I’m anything other than thinking that he’s the guy, the best person for the job."

Mary Lyndon Haviland, a global health consultant from Lyme, Connecticut, called Clinton an "amazing leader" but said she doesn't connect with "everyday" Americans.

"Right now, I remain concerned that even some of her greatest supporters find it hard to find enthusiasm for the election," Haviland said.


In a five-day rolling Reuters/Ipsos poll ending on Sept. 15, 46 percent of respondents favored Clinton for the Democratic nomination, versus 27 percent for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Biden received 16 percent despite not being a declared candidate. The poll had a credibility interval of 4.7 percent.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Electability is a funny thing. While Clinton is my third choice, she is closer to the "middle" than either Biden or Sanders, which translate into more votes. She may draw in more moderate Republicans than she loses in Democrats. Certainly, if either of the men get the nomination, they will be portrayed as extreme left wingers, a label more difficult to hang on Clinton.

    A three-way debate of real issues between the democrats would go a long way in showing the emptiness of the republicans debates and their lack of positive programs. However, I have serious doubts that the Democratic debates will be much better than the republican debates if history is any indication.

    1. Jerry, I think that Biden and Bernie debates would be good as in constructive not for train-wreck voyeurism.

      With Hillary there? Not so much.

    2. I think Clonton would provide an interesting contrast.

    3. The DNC is going to hold debates and exclude the front runner? I think not. FYI, "train-wreck voyeurism" requires a "train wreck", which, as much as those on the other side may wish it, the HRC campaign is not. Despite the fake "scandals".

  2. The thought of Sanders is absolutely delightful to me. I was cynical about Obama's chances back in '08. I didn't think the country was ready. But they surprised me, and redeemed a lot of faith in humanity to me. Maybe the country is ready for Sanders. If he could mobilize the way Obama did, he could take the Senate back and take a big chunk out of the GOP in the House. Unfortunately, the House will remain an obstacle to good stewardship.


    1. The House will remain an obstacle but Sanders will call them out on it much more than Obama has or Clinton will.


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