Friday, September 11, 2015

Is Biden Biding His Time Before Entering 2016 Race?

Joe Biden has been contemplating a run for President in 2016, and there are mounting indications that he may undertake a third bid at the office.

This time is different. Biden has absolutely nothing to lose by running. He won’t be dividing the party, and he may actually do Hillary Clinton a solid by taking focus off Bernie Sanders as she tries to rebuild her campaign.

Biden first ran for President in 1988, and his campaign came apart over allegations that he plagiarized British politician Neil Kinnock in speeches. Previously, Biden had cited Kinnock as a source of the plagiarized passages, but sloppiness and lack of attention to detail ended up biting him in the rear. He quit the campaign in 1987. On the controversy, Biden said, "All I had to say was 'Like Kinnock.' If I'd just said those two words, 'Like Kinnock,' and I didn't. It was my fault, nobody else's fault."

After a brush with death and an aneurysm in 1988, Biden went on to become one of the most respected Senators in the body. In 2008, he mounted a second bid for the White House, and that one ended after controversial comments Biden made about then Illinois Senator Barack Obama who had just entered the Presidential race. "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Again, Biden was forced to apologize. His campaign languished, and he tearfully pulled the plug following a bad finish in Iowa.  It seemed like he would be destined to finish his career out in the Senate when Obama offered him the Vice Presidency.  Biden jumped on board the Obama express, and he's served with distinction and loyalty since he took the Oath of Office.

Throughout his tenure, we've seen glimpses of Joe Biden, the man.  He says what’s on his mind, and he’s sloppy and he doesn’t always say it in the most articulate way, but it’s one of the reasons why he’s beloved by many. Biden has a personal quality that relates to people in a way other politicians don’t.

That’s why Joe Biden has done well by his constituents his entire career.

So, bottom line, if he’s up to it, I would tell Joe Biden to run for President in 2016. He has nothing to lose and just might end up being Commander-in-Chief.

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