Reports are beginning to trickle out about the Democratic Party seeking an alternative to Hillary Clinton, and for good reason. Clinton’s poll numbers are continuing to fall, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. If the election were held today, Clinton would be tied with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the poll, down from significant leads in a May 28 survey.
The decline should continue as there isn’t much for Clinton to build upon over the next year. What else can she do improve her chances in that time?
There are a number of challenges that could knock her down further, Benghazi and e-mail investigations to name a couple.As these situations further unfold, Democrats will look for an alternative.
Self proclaimed socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is drawing huge throngs of people to his events, but its not likely the Democrats are ready to identify themselves as socialists, even though the socialist ideology is woven throughout their platform.
Enter Vice-President Joe Biden.
According to a published report Clinton is getting increasingly nervous that Biden may throw his hat into the 2016 presidential race later this summer.
Political editor Josh Kraushaar with the National Journal said that Biden represents what Clinton doesn’t, a seamless transition to a third Barack Obama term.
“He’s the guy that’s stood by his side on every key issue,” said Kraushaar. “If you’re trying to recreate the Obama coalition of the last two campaigns, why not go with the guy who’s been loyal and behind President Obama the whole time?”
Biden has a tendency to misspeak form time to time, but that is one of the things that makes him likable by the liberal left. The political landscape these days doesn’t seem to give as much weight to those types of issues as it once did in the past. One need only to look at Donald Trump or even Sanders as an example.
“Hillary Clinton has never won a competitive election. This can’t be repeated enough. She beat Republican Rep. Rick Lazio for her Senate seat in 2000. And she defeated a mayor from Yonkers in 2006. In her first competitive race, the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, she began as a heavy favorite and she lost.” said Michael Brendan Dougherty .
The Democrats worked way too hard to gain the White House in 2008 and they will not gift wrap a crown jewel like the presidency back to Republicans with a candidate they feel can’t win.
For now she is safe, but Hillary Clinton may be that candidate.