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Josh Earnest tiptoes around a Presidential endorsement…for Biden?!

Josh Earnest tiptoes around a Presidential endorsement…for Biden?!

…but will Biden jump in?

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With Hillary on the ropes over the small matter of an insecure email server, and Elizabeth Warren coyly refusing a public anointing, Democrats appear ready to pull out a wild card just in time for the 2016 primary cycle.

Vice President Joe Biden has proven himself to be a savvy politician and excellent campaigner. His occasional exploits quickly transition from offensive to meme-worthy, making him the sort of candidate who has the potential to further endear himself to American voters by way of his willingness to toe the line between charm and spectacle.

Of course, the White House is treading carefully on the prospect of a Biden candidacy; with Obama’s former Secretary of State all-in for the nomination, a sudden backing of Biden could translate as an abandonment of the Democrats’ last great Idea Whose Time Has Come—a woman in the Oval Office.

During todays’ White House press conference, ABC News correspondent Jon Karl pressed Earnest on the possibility of Biden fielding the presidential endorsement:

KARL: How would the President deal with this if Biden actually decides to run?

EARNEST: …The President has indicated…that the decision that he made…to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense of the President’s view of Vice President Biden’s aptitude for the top job.

KARL: So I assume the President would support VP Biden if he were to run? This is obviously a better decision than the SoS he chose. You said it was the best decision he has made, so-

EARNEST: Yeah, it was, it was…

Earnest went on to emphasize Obama’s previous “warm” comments about Clinton and her service—but then moved on to pointing out how adept Biden is at running at a campaign. Then he dropped this ringing endorsement of at least Biden’s competency on the trail:

“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.”

Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Hillary HQ right now…

Earnest’s comments may have been innocent, but let’s be honest—if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, that duck is probably going to run for president.

Earnest lobbed up a similar “best political decision” comment earlier this month during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Joe Scarborough pressed Earnest on the issue—why support an embattled Secretary when your best choice of all time is waiting in the wings?—but Earnest again sidestepped the issue, leaving much to speculation.

You can watch the full exchange here.

This post has been updated.

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I wonder whether all the people who complained that McCain would be too old and doddery at 72 when he took office, realize that Biden would be 74?

Biden is a brain-damaged buffoon.

It’s pathetic that this clown is the putative savior of the Dim party.

Henry Hawkins | August 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hillary’s staff concerned when she picks up her 6 string without a word and heads off to an empty office where. ten minutes later. they hear the low strains of Hillary playing and singing to sooth her troubled heart, which she keeps in a jar on the shelf against the day she might need it:

Slip slidin’ away…
Slip slidin’ away…
The nearer your nomination the more you’re slip slidin’ away.

American Human | August 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm

If Joe Biden were to run and win, he would be the stupidest idiot we’ve ever had as POTUS.

Henry Hawkins | August 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I’d love Biden to run. I’m sure most bloggers would too. Talk about click bait. Can you imagine when the mikes and cameras are on him 24/7? I can just see the screen grabs of Biden with his hand on the wrong asses. I can hear the videos of him insulting minorities with 1950s era stereotypes. I see O’Keefe sending a fake home invasion team to his door to see if they can get footage of Biden blasting away indiscriminately with a shotgun. I see Hillary, out on bond awaiting trial, jumping on his back at some campaign trail event and beating the shit out of him. I think of Biden running and it’s all good, four square and solid.

“The President has indicated…that the decision that he made…to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he ever made in politics”

In other words. Obama knew Biden would represent no threat to him or opposition to him on any issue. Just like all the rest of his administration.

Ho-hum. I called this the week of July 4th.

Hillary is self-destructing and is too far gone to save. We haven’t even seriously addressed the outright bribery issue. So far we only have heard of the Swiss bank UBS, whose languishing waiver application at State received approval after a generous donation to the Clinton Foundation and hiring Bill for a fat speaking fee. But there are dozens of foreign companies – and at least two countries – who had identical experiences, and NO ONE who donated was turned down by State in the end.

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Joe is a unifier, acceptable to the left, a loyal Obama soldier for his fans, and a longtime Clinton ally who keeps Big Labor on board, and may help save the down-ticket.

He won’t win, or course, unless the GOP does something stupid like nominate a Kardashian, but he might help the down-ticket avoid a complete rout.

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

Then why did he never do so?

Look at that pathetic, backstabbing moron, Boehner.

By comparison, he just might make Biden look good.

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