Sunday, 23 August 2015

VP Joe as President?

There's a piece in today's political news that VP Joe Biden is traveling over to visit Senator Warren and have a chat.

Some people think (at least if you look at political journalists) that the race is finished and over for Hillary, and that the unremarkable crew (O'Malley, Webb and Socialist Bernie) won't attract any interest and hurt the overall party image.  The analogy I would use.....the Democrats for 2016 appear to be like the Washington Redskins of the past decade....where they always start with charged-up enthusiasm and by the middle-point of the season with their favored quarterback on some disabled list....folks give up because there's no way they can win.

So, there's this chatter over VP Joe and how he might get into the race.  Joe is 72 years old presently, and would be 74....if he did get into the race and actually win.  My hunch is that Joe would like to make the run....have Senator Warren as his VP, and leave after four years (age 78).....giving Warren the upper hand to be President in 2020.  VP Joe might be talking up the idea of Warren running as President and being Joe staying around for another eight years as VP again. Yeah, it'd be odd but Joe might like the job more than you'd think.

The odds of VP Joe running?  To be honest, there's just not that much enthusiasm for any of the Democrats....even Joe.  It's hard to analyze this and come to any rational reason for this lack of enthusiasm.  You would think over the past four years that various news outlets would have come out and talked up the next twenty-odd Democrats and their accomplishments.   Occasionally, you see the national news people talking up five or six Democratic Senators.....but it just doesn't come through as 'thrilling' or 'enchanting'.

What all of this means?  It's a lousy season for the Democrats and it'll hurt even more as lesser-positioned guys (running for state senator or governor) find no real enthusiasm being generated this year.  It might be an all-time record for Republican wins in 2016 unless something changes.

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