The Democrats are in trouble. Though Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to march on with serviceable numbers, the mounting scandals and the inherent lack of likability of the candidate should give even the most optimistic political strategists pause.
To make matters worse, those who understand that a Hillary meltdown is entirely possible also understand that there is really no backup plan. Bernie Sanders says the right things to stoke the hard-left crowd, but lacks mainstream support and Elizabeth Warren has not moved a muscle to indicate a political run.
Then there’s Joe Biden…
Crazy Uncle Joe has lurked in the background, far from the public eye and the press that could record one of his famously inevitable gaffes. He has, for years, been rumored to be entertaining a presidential bid and should he commit, the Obama Administration has made it clear where their loyalties lie by indicating that they would be supporting Biden.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the media and noted that the president backs Biden as his vice president and would likely continue this level of support if Biden should run for even higher office. (Emphasis added)
EARNEST: The president has indicated his view that the decision he made I guess seven years ago now 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.
JONATHAN KARL: So I assume that means the president would support if he were to run? I mean this is obviously a better decision than the secretary of state he chose, you said it was the best decision he made?
EARNEST: Yeah, it was, it was . . . I think all of you in some of the president’s comments about Secretary Clinton have noted how warm those comments were. I’ll just say that the vice-president is somebody who has already run for president twice. He’s been on a national ticket through two election cycles now. Both in 2008 and the re-election of 2012. And so I think you can make the case that 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.
The White House’s talking head stopped short of breaking-out a “Biden 2016” tee shirt, but the point seems clear: Biden is Obama’s pick.
Further, it has never been a secret that there have remained tensions between the Clintons and the Obamas. Both camps remain mired in scandal, but only Hillary is seeking higher office and her ties to the Obama Administration, though intended to boost her resume, have served as more of a hindrance than anything else.