As soon as the inauguration was underway, the campaign to replace Barack Obama began. While we’ve been hearing rumors for a while that Bill Clinton has been actively courting big ticket Obama donors in anticipation of his wife’s future plans (official Hillary For President campaign motto: “It doesn’t really make a difference!”), others candidates for the position have yet to emerge, though there was one very likely candidate on hand for Monday’s festivities, though unfortunately sans the tee shirt gun we all really wish he’d had.
Obviously, we’re talking about Joe Biden. Who you know has ever intention of driving straight into the Oval Office in a shiny black T-Top Trans Am with a flaming eagle painted on top. And he’s already had his first brain trust meeting.
Biden, according to a number of advisers and Democrats who have spoken to him in recent months, wants to run, or at least be well positioned to run, if and when he decides to pull the trigger. Biden has expressed a clear sense of urgency, convinced the Democratic field will be defined quickly — and that it might very well come down to a private chat with Hillary Clinton about who should finish what Barack Obama started.
“He’s intoxicated by the idea, and it’s impossible not to be intoxicated by the idea,” said a Democrat close to the White House. And the intoxication is hardly new.
I would normally say “no, oh, please, God, no,” but the GOP have yet to debut a leading candidate with (1) any chance of winning and (2) any chance of making it through the election process without completely embarrassing the party, the party’s history and all party progeny through time immemorial. Granted, Ol’ Uncle Joe is an original drafter of the PATRIOT ACT and has an unfortunate tendency to say exactly what he’s thinking, but Joe’s good with the ladies, can pass off the subtleties of faux compassion with the best of them, and the Democratic bench isn’t all that deep unless you want Sandra Lee that painfully close to being First Lady…and unless you’ve got your eye on President Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that is.
And let’s face it, if Joe were in office, the Presidency would be a hell of a lot more interesting. And you know exactly what I mean: kegs in the China room, official state-sanctioned beer pong tournaments, Presidential Chex Mix and formal events that involve formal leather jackets. Because, obviously.