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Who Benefits If Joe Biden Runs?

Who Benefits If Joe Biden Runs?

…Republicans.

Speculation abounds as to whether or not Joe Biden will run for President. Amy wrote earlier about a possible endorsement from the President, and now there is word that Barack Obama has given Biden his official ‘blessing’ to run:

Vice President Joe Biden received President Barack Obama’s “blessing” to make a 2016 bid for the White House, according to a senior Democrat.

But that’s if Biden chooses to run — the decision is his. While he doesn’t need the President’s permission, of course, a potential presidential candidacy was among the topics of their lunch Monday at the White House. The President made clear he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, the senior Democrat said.

While Biden is trying to downplay things, he’s scheduled to meet with some important people this week:

The Vice President was expected to huddle at his home Monday night with Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, the husband-and-wife team who have been at Obama’s side for much of the last decade, two people familiar with the meeting told CNN. Steve Ricchetti, the Vice President’s chief of staff, was also expected to attend.

As a general rule, we are not going to confirm the Vice President’s private meetings or provide a readout of them,” an aide to the Vice President told CNN on Monday.

Dunn, a former White House communications director, and Bauer, a longtime lawyer to Obama, were among those invited to a meeting at the Naval Observatory in Washington. Ted Kaufman, a loyal Biden confidant who briefly occupied his Senate seat from Delaware, was also among those gathering to discuss how Biden could run, if he decides to do so.

With that in mind, there are several reasons why Joe Biden getting into the race is good news for the GOP:

1. Biden fills a gap. While the far left is happy to embrace Bernie Sanders, there is a part of the Democratic base that feels like it didn’t have much of a place with Hillary. Union members and working class whites are among those who welcome a Biden candidacy for the purposes of drawing the two factions of the party together. That will force both Hillary and Sanders to go on the attack, forcing Biden to use his resources for something other than going after Republicans.

2. The Biden Show will take center stage. Biden has been lucky; for the last 6.5 years, Obama has been center stage, which means that Biden’s record of gaffes and bizarre statements has hardly gotten any attention. Now, there will be renewed interest because Biden will be center stage. The cameras will always be on and he won’t be able to get away with it as he has in the past.

3. Biden will be tied directly to the Obama administration. Obama’s numbers keep sinking. The Iran deal is not popular at all, and President Obama isn’t helping his case by referring to those opposed to it as “crazies.” Biden will have to defend Iran and Obamacare, in addition to a poor economic record. He will literally be asking for Obama’s third term.

Final point: Joe Biden is also not known for his exemplary fundraising skills, and at his age, people are justified in asking if he can withstand the rigors of a full-blown campaign.

We will find out soon enough.

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Of course the Republicans win. If Biden runs and wins, It means that much of the Billion dollars Hillary’s raised turns out to be wasted.

Biden runs as a Democrat and Senders as an Independent. Great start, but we still need a conservative Republican to run and win.

    userpen in reply to MTED. | August 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    We need more than just a conservative Republican. We need somebody who is willing to fight. Since obama came on the stage the nature of the game has changed and we cannot go back to the way it was when everyone behaved like ladies and gentlemen. The fact is no Republican nice guy or gal will win no matter how conservative they are or how great their record. They must come out of the gate swinging and must respond when they are attacked and must be willing go on the offensive. They must not be afraid to be politically incorrect. Otherwise they will be at such a disadvantage they will not be able to win.

      Hence, why Trump is currently doing so well.

      The rest of the field would do well to emulate. Don’t just be conciliatory. ATTACK the PC crowd. Don’t just ignore the protesters, confront, belittle and ridicule them for their ignorance.

      CONSTANTLY be on the attack against groups that violate their own rules when it is politically convenient.

      Throw out individuals that don’t play by the rules (see Trump v. Univision illegal immigration stooge).

      To quote Steve Rogers and Tony Stark from the first “Avengers” movie: (Rogers) “We need a plan of attack.” (Stark) “I have a plan. Attack.”

    If Biden gets in (especially with Lieawatha as a confirmed ticket VP) expect Sanders to make a short, graceful exit.

    That will happen FAST, as he won’t want the optic of the huge crowds suddenly evaporating in favor of Lieawatha.

I can tell you who doesn’t benefit!

Don’t underestimate Biden. Of course he is beatable, but he is a better candidate right now than Hillary would be. Backed by the Warren wing of the Democrat party and Obama, he will have a solid based of the popular vote going into this thing.

Look for a future headline:

Joe Biden Drops Out Of Race – Stand-Up Comics Hardest Hit

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

Obama has spent seven years focused on rebranding the Democrat Party based on identity politics. The blind partisans will vote for anybody with a “D” next to their name, but I think it is funny that the party that presents itself as advancing the interests of young millennial hipsters, radical feminists, homosexuals, blacks, and Hispanics has three white married straight people old enough to draw Social Security as its front runners.

Having Obama’s blessing means Biden is the beneficiary of Obama’s inner-city Election Theft Machine, which operates in places like Cleveland and Philadelphia, and other such places.

pablo panadero | August 26, 2015 at 10:29 am

Don’t kid yourself. Obama is currently controlling the nomination. He can indict Hillary at any time. He has the goods on Biden and can kill his chances at any time. He wants a brokered convention that chooses Michelle as the nominee.

    Ok. You need to stop with that foolishness. There’s enough red meat floating around that we don’t have to start looking like a tinfoil hat crowd.

    Michelle Obama is NOT going to be a Presidential candidate.

    PERIOD. FULL STOP.

    She has never held an elected office as near as I can tell. You don’t go from zero experience as a candidate to a Presidential candidate. Also, there are enough Democrat voters that don’t like the disaster that has been the Obama Presidency that they would sit home, and that would create a Republican/Conservative landslide election.

      Milhouse in reply to Chuck Skinner. | August 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Michelle Obama is NOT going to be a Presidential candidate.

      Really? What’s going to stop her?

      She has never held an elected office as near as I can tell. You don’t go from zero experience as a candidate to a Presidential candidate.

      She has the same experience Clinton had in 2000. And you didn’t use to go from a freshman senator to president, but now you do. Michelle doesn’t want to leave the White House, so she will run for Barack’s “third term”, and leave the actual presidenting to Jarrett, just as he does now.

    I do think the Obamas want to elevate Michelle, but that will be some other office down the road (they know this is not her time).

    The Dems don’t have a deep bench and given the flaws of Hillary, Biden is looking like the only viable alternative. O wont indite Hillary, but he will ease her out.

    If the GOP is stupid enough to nominate Jeb!, Plugs might actually have a chance.

Empress Trudy | August 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

I suspect Biden is a stalking horse. Obama never wanted Hillary to succeed him but he can’t simply have her arrested like we’re in Guatemala or something. So he’ll use Biden to push her out. But Biden I doubt really has any legs at all and would likely bow out shortly after Hillary does to make room for Obama’s own handpicked choice, whoever that is. Keith Ellison? Corey Booker?

All that stuff Democrats were spouting about Ronald Reagan at 69 being too old to be President just when down the memory hole as they rally around Joe Biden who will be 74 in January 2017.

American Human | August 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Biden runs and wins, we will have the stupidest idiot/buffoon ever to be POTUS.
He is proof that even the most idiotic, lame-brained, moron can get to be Vice President of the U.S.

theyellowbear | August 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm

True that the opponent will benefit but just think of the joke writers for comedians. The material will almost write itself…

Biden won’t actually get in until it is clear Hillary is circling the drain. He’s spent a career not making enemies of fellow Democrats and won’t start now.

There is also the strong possibility that Biden knows some of the things which have not yet come out to hurt Hillary, but will at some point. The influence-peddling is a huge problem that has barely been brought up because of the email illegalities, but it will, it is all public record.

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Biden can unite the party and keep Labor on board to help avoid a disaster in the down-ticket. He won’t win the general unless the GOP does something stupid like nominate Trump. But there is a whole slate of Democrats who would go down in a wave if Hillary is the candidate.

Obama may even hold out the possibility of a pardon to get her out – that is the only way she stays out of prison without winning it all, the statute of limitations won’t run out until 2018 or later on most crimes if part of an ongoing conspiracy.

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