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Return of the ‘Draft Biden’ Plan

Return of the ‘Draft Biden’ Plan

Nervous Democrats look to another senior citizen.

Now that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton split the vote in Iowa and are essentially tied in some polls, nervous Democrats are starting to think another old, white person might be able to save the day.

Reuters reports:

Democratic donor contacts Biden allies about possible run

A prominent Democratic donor worried about the party’s chances of winning the presidency emailed dozens of fans of Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, urging them to remain prepared to donate if Biden jumps into the race.

The donor, Bill Bartmann, cited new polling showing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont nearly tied with the Hillary Clinton, eroding the 30-point lead the former secretary of state held at the end of last year. Bartmann and other party insiders are concerned that Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, is too far to the left to win against a Republican in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“We cannot afford to lose the White House,” Bartmann wrote in the email, seen by Reuters.

The email drew a string of affirmative responses, also seen by Reuters.

Biden announced in October that he would not seek the presidency, despite support from a group of backers under the name “Draft Biden 2016.” But whispers have continued among some donors who hope that Biden could be convinced to run after all should Clinton’s campaign prove fruitless.

“My sitting on the sidelines has a lot to do with my disappointment that the vice president decided not to get in the race,” Patrick Baskette, one of the recipients of Bartmann’s email, told Reuters. Baskette, a public affairs consultant in Tampa, Florida, was a special assistant to Biden during his time as a senator.

Ed Henry of FOX News has more:

Colbert I. King of the Washington Post suggests that the email scandal is a legitimate motivation for this.

Clinton email scandal: Why it might be time for Democrats to draft Joe Biden

The Hillary Clinton email issue is developing into a real whodunit, complete with Clintonesque legal semantics. “I never sent or received any material marked classified,” she said with respect to the discovery of classified information on her private, unclassified email server. That surface denial nearly rivals Bill Clinton’s classic: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

But this is no laughing matter.

There is nothing trivial about a secretary of state having top-secret information on an unsecured computer in her home. That appears to have been the case, based on the State Department’s announcement last week that 22 emails, across seven email chains, containing top-secret information were on Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

At issue is whether the information in the emails was classified when it was sent to her unsecured server. It was, after all, the State Department, upon review of the content by intelligence agencies, that upgraded the emails to top-secret and ordered them withheld from the public.

No one makes a better case than Stephen Miller:

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I confess I don’t see much chance of Plugs winning the fall election against any of the Pubs, even Trump. What Biden would do is stem much of the bleeding in the down-ticket races.

If Hilarity gets the nomination, what Democratic candidate for governor, Senate, Congress, etc., is going to want to campaign with her? Who’s going to want their name associated with hers?

Any of the top Pubs in the race at this point — Trump, Cruz, Rubio — have to know how to get Hilarity. I think their advisors will understand that you go after her hard and don’t let her get her breath. Keep accusing her of all her dirty tricks and shenanigans. Keep bringing up Benghazi. Remind everyone that she has never accomplished one positive thing while Senator. While Sec. of State. Nothing.

I think that’s what has these Democratic donors nervous. They see the train coming.

Of course, there’s a reason the GOP is known as the “Stupid Party”, so they could still biff this.

    HandyGandy in reply to stevewhitemd. | February 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I confess I don’t see much chance of Plugs winning the fall election against any of the Pubs, even Trump

    Readings this ( “Plugs” ) made me think. If the nominees were Biden and Trump, the debates would basically be the “Battle of the Bad Hair”.

Bad FBI News Is Forthcoming?

Rupert Murdoch suggests John Kerry enter the race.

holdingmynose | February 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

The party of the future, the party of diversity; it’s only viable candidates are old white people.

mumzieistired | February 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Biden/Warren will ride to the rescue.

This is going to be fun.

Kinda feel sorry for Bernie, though.

Henry Hawkins | February 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Six months of Joe Biden battling Bernie Sanders after Hillary dropped out to face her indictments strikes me as absolutely awesome, a deep and rich river of political comedy. A blogger’s delight of a race. Talk about a gaffe-tastic running lip war between two old white geezers. All of Biden’s thick file of gaffes and goof-ups would be replayed, plus the glare of the media would produce Biden comedy bits like a five night a week TV show. Just imagine the possibilities. I can see the full spectrum of possibilities. Maybe Joe and Bernie become the first pair of debaters who go to physical blows, but since they’re so old the scene is more evocative of our laughter and pity than our appreciation for the passion to have gone to Knuckle City on national TV. And yet, I could easily see Joe and Bernie becoming the first male candidates to kiss during a debate. It could happen any number of ways. Or maybe Joe will sneak a shotgun into the space inside his debate podium – the FOX moderators ask him a tricky gun control question and he pulls out the shotgun and fires a few rounds over their heads to emphasize his point, whatever it was. Sanders will get an even easier target once Hillary is out and replaced by Joe. The Democrat voters will have to choose between which crazy uncle they want to share a four-to-eight year vacation cabin with.

Omg, and the general. Imagine debates between Cruz and Biden, or between VPs Christie and Sanders. Imagine the 30-second spot ads Biden would put out, the attempts to be groovy or whatever the damn kids call it now (kids = age 40 and younger). I can see either Joe or Bernie getting all misty during a debate monologue, reminiscing about formative experiences from two decades before 90% of the audience and their GOP opponents were born, forgetting they’re in front of a national TV audience, staring off stage right and gone silent, moderators having to reel them back to reality, reorienting the old geezers. Your name is Joe. You’re in St. Louis. It’s a Presidential Debate. You’re a candidate. The Democrat candidate. You OK, sugar?

PLEASE make this happen, sweet God of Comedy.

    Lucien Cordier in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 7, 2016 at 10:57 am

    You seem to have forgotten the ridiculous behavior that Biden was permitted to engage in during his debate/prison rape of Paul Ryan in 2012.

I can see it now…..her thighness knocks off Bernie (barely) and is in the afterglow of having the field all to herself, but she goes down in a plane crash (a la Wellstone) just before the convention.
Bill bites his lip and cries at the memorial service/pep rally where Joey Biteme and Fauxcahontas are given the nomination by acclamation.
Chelsea’s in-laws will get the funeral trinket concession at the convention and the funeral.

Amid all this, I was tempted to ask about former Senator from Virgina and former Navy Secretary Jim Webb, who dropped out of the race earlier last year. However, since today is his 70th birthday, he qualifies as being another old, white guy, even though I think that he would be better than the rest of the bunch that the Democratic Party is offering on the primary ballot.