“They’re worried about what the popular response to Sanders shows them about Clinton’s vulnerabilities in November,” Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti write in Politico.
Some observations and thoughts:
DEMOCRATS—Hillary is in trouble. It’s Groundhog Day for her, 2008 all over again….
REPUBLICANS—Don’t believe polls. We were supposed to witness the Trump juggernaut. Instead, Donald Trump had to accept second place with a smile….
Gail Sheehy on Clinton:
“Among those unlikables consistently repeated to me by women who are conflicted about her: not authentic; can’t trust her; she lies; she’s establishment; she’s a hawk.”
With Obama standing next to him, Biden says that Democrats should not only “protect” Obama’s record, they should “run” on that record. Do I see the door left open a crack? If Hillary doesn’t straighten up and run on Barack Obama’s record, Biden might have to get in.
AND: Why is he making a campaign speech?
Clinton had her moment with a one-liner too when making it clear she cedes no ground to Sanders. She stated ‘I’m a progressive. But I’m a progressive who likes to get things done,’ And she knows we need to find a credible way to fund the programs we propose. Sanders just has no clue about the paycheck for what he is planning.
Now, I’ve got to admit… the memo is kind of correct. It’s too late for Biden to jump in. Without a significant stumble by Clinton, the debate drives home how wrong it would be for Biden to step on her now. Bernie Sanders can’t be President. He’s a socialist! He gave a wonderful paean to socialism last night. And who were those other guys on the stage? I mean, really, who the hell were they? Other than Martin O’Malley. Gee, he looked handsome and tall, and he was really trying to register an impression. And you’ve got to give him credit for at least being a Democrat, which is not a distinction any of the other men on the stage seem to have. You’d think that would be a bare minimum for the Democratic nomination. We’ll see if O’Malley gets any traction in the polls, now. It’s unlikely. The acceptance of Hillary is jelling. So sayeth the memo.
The parallel between Biden and Happ is this: Both Biden and Happ are/were, prior to running for higher office (or, in Happ’s case, after winning a statewide Democratic primary in Wisconsin), viewed favorably by voters not because of their actual track records or positions on the issues, but because they liked the candidates personally. In Biden’s case, he’s seen by many voters across the country as an approachable guy with an interesting personality. In Happ’s case, she was seen by many voters in Wisconsin as someone who rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a television ad.
Meade speculates: “Bernie and Hillary are too old to stand for 3 hours.”
Me: “We can’t sit through 3 hours.”
So then if, at the last minute, he decides to drop in — and CNN has given him until the last minute to decide — it will be an opportunity for media folk to whip out their favorite adverb: unexpectedly!
It’s all just so unfair to Hillary. Don’t prepare to fend off Biden? And yet, he may surprise us. If it seems advantageous when the time comes. He’s got 22 days to tease us, excite us (over what is essentially an utterly boring prospect — Joe Biden running for President again).
“Last night on Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews declared that he’s so confident that the drama surrounding Hillary Clinton‘s e-mail server won’t result in her dropping out of the presidential campaign that he’d end his show if she quits.” Via Chris Matthews Goes Out On Limb Over Hillary Clinton @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
Comes with a picture of the candidate, suitable for framing –