As reported previously Vice President Joe Biden is a threat to the Hillary Clinton presidental campaign and apparently Biden has become more focused on the prospects of earning the Democratic nomination himself.
Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton.
The motivation may be coming from his son Beau Biden who died in May, according to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times.
“He was so close to Beau and it was so heartbreaking that, frankly, I thought initially he wouldn’t have the heart,” the supporter, Michael Thornton, a Boston lawyer, said in an interview. “But I’ve had indications that maybe he does want to — and ‘that’s what Beau would have wanted me to do. ”
A Biden nomination is not an automatic. Biden is 72 years old. Clinton has tremendous support, at the same time, the slow trickle of news about Mrs. Clinton’s use of private email when she was secretary of state, and the coming Benghazi hearings, may be distracting some voters.
The fact that Clinton avoids these issues only adds to eroding her popularity. Releasing tax returns and health records will not take the pressure off answering questions about e-mails inquiries, the Keystone Pipeline or Benghazi.
More of this type of intense scrutiny will come, after all this is August 2015 and months of campaigning are yet to come.
“It’s not that we dislike Hillary, it’s that we want to win the White House,” said Richard A. Harpootlian, a lawyer and Democratic donor in Columbia, S.C., “We have a better chance of doing that with somebody who is not going to have all the distractions of a Clinton campaign.”
Biden is seen as an authentic figure who connects with many voters because he is willing to show his heart. Clinton is not.
Clinton is the front-runner. She also has vulnerabilities that worry many in her party.
Biden is all Democrat all the time and it is hard to imagine him upsetting the apple cart in an election cycle that all but anoints Clinton as the Democratic nominee, but 2016 is not about Clinton’s turn in line.
It is about carrying forward the Democrat platform and the decision on who best serves that purpose is becoming more muddled by the day and by the news cycle.